Plots and storyboards

My first novel was planned meticulouslyI had no idea how ‘real’ authors developed their plots. Previously I had tried to write a novel with very little planning and my plot got confused – even the characters in my novel got confused. So I set about working out everything beforehand. Here is my nerdy, old-fashioned, personalisedContinue reading “Plots and storyboards”

A character spider

Spoiler alertThis character spider contains facts about characters in my second novel The Act of Falling that don’t appear in the text. If you know anything about personality disorders you would probably work them out anyway, but just thought I’d mention that. The size of the circleMy focus is on Emily Hamton, therefore she takesContinue reading “A character spider”

Does the world need another novel?

Probably not, and yet I’m writing my fourth novel. So why? I still don’t have a simple, single sentence answer to that question of why I do it – but here are some of the excuses I’ve used when I don’t feel people want the full answer. I wanted to see if I could writeContinue reading “Does the world need another novel?”

Gender fluidity in creative writing

A man writing women’s fiction? I am a man writing women’s commercial fiction. I never set out to trespass into a genre that is usually written ‘by women’ and ‘for women’, it just happened. When I was a child we had flip books that showed us how bizarre gender stereotyping is. They don’t exist nowContinue reading “Gender fluidity in creative writing”