So, I’m not usually one to brag about discovering something fantastic (especially when I’m usually told about them), but I really want to dedicate this blog post to a website that I’ve started using which has been INCREDIBLE for me as an author. Intrigued? Carry on. I always find it irritating that I never know how many ebooks I have sold until my 6 … Read More A Website Every Author Needs!
SO: I have a proper treat for you guys today! Did you know that the third and final novel in the Harlow Whittaker Trilogy is now published? Fans of Valerie Day-Sanchez’s work have been desperately waiting to finish Harlow’s story, and now the wait is over. After the identity of her opponent is revealed Harlow also discovers that she has been the victim of a conspiracy … Read More Guest Post: Valerie Day-Sanchez
Many of you will know that NaNoWriMo (easier to spell than say) is National Novel Writing Month. The idea is simple; in November, you try to write a certain number of words per day of a new novel, so that by the end of it you have an entirely new and shiny novel written in just one month! Now, there are quite a few … Read More Why NaNoWriMo Matters
So, once again, I’ve changed my mind. (Don’t forget to buy my books on amazon.co.uk and amazon.com!) This will not come as any sort of surprise to those who know me. I am the one, after all, that really can’t decide what she wants for supper and so has a bit of everything; who struggles to make even the simplest decision about which film to watch; and … Read More Changed My Mind . . . Again!
Now, I hope that this blog post makes sense. I generally don’t plan these things – I just log in, and start writing whatever is on top of my mind at that moment. And right now, I’m thinking about the 6000 words that I wrote of my next novel the other day. Six thousand words is certainly a lot. It amazed me, actually, when … Read More A Good Writing Day
Thank you so much to everyone that gave me such positive feedback on my last blog post – it has certainly been too long! I thought that I would look this week at writing hated characters. How do you go about writing someone who you want your readers to hate, but make them just as engaging as your other characters? Baddies are fun. They … Read More Writing Hated Characters: A Study in Snape
When I was a teenager, I went shopping on my own one day because I wanted to buy a new dress. I had been invited to a 16th birthday party, and my crush was going to be there. I had to get a new dress. (The chances of him having ANY idea who I was, or what clothes I already own was minimal, but … Read More Getting Stuck Halfway
Procrastination – it happens to all of us, right?
I’ve been working on a novella for the last couple of weeks. And when I mean working, I mean thinking really, really hard. In fact, for the first three weeks – apart from a thousand word synopsis – I didn’t write anything at all. I’m not sure whether I was putting it off, or just had too many other things going on. Family, work, … Read More Writing Too Fast
The great and terrible thing about books when you are an author is that there are so many of them. Like, literally thousands. Sometimes it can be really disheartening to see all of the millions (that’s what it feels like) of books that everyone else is buying and enjoying…whilst your book stays resolutely at 455,987 on Amazon. So what is it that everyone else … Read More Four Reasons No One is Buying Your Book
We’ve all done it. We’ve been writing away, and suddenly that hilarious turn of phrase that your grandmother uses every Christmas Day pops into your head. It’s funny, it’s endearing, and it would be perfect coming out of the mouth of one of your characters. But is it allowed, using our nearest and dearest as the basis of our characters? It’s something that my … Read More Writing about Real People you Know and Love