Hope Island

PitchAfter one hundred years society has emerged from three major disasters and Hope Island is a rural utopia. But greed, love, suspicion and desire still exist and for four young people life is complicated. BackgroundThis novel grew from speculation in the summer of 2019 that a viral pandemic was imminent, that the western antarctic iceContinue reading “Hope Island”

Life After Alison

PitchAlison dies leaving her husband, two young children, an estranged mother and her best friend to sort out their lives, but she never truly leaves. BackgroundThis is based on a thought that has been with me since I was a teenager and that I’ve never resolved and never will – what happens after we die?Continue reading “Life After Alison”

The Act of Falling

PitchFour students meet in the first few weeks of a new university year. Chance and friendship bring them together. Within a year two had fallen in love, one had fallen from a cliff and one had fallen from grace. BackgroundI wanted to set myself a personal challenge with my second novel. I chose a castContinue reading “The Act of Falling”

White Lies and Black Sheep

PitchRachel is eighteen and falls pregnant. It might be her boyfriends child or his father’s. When the father is found drowned, Rachel fears she is guilty of murder. She runs away from her childhood home and only returns as a 36 woman to learn the full story. BackgroundNot my first novel, but the first oneContinue reading “White Lies and Black Sheep”

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. This is probably an aspect ofContinue reading “Plots and storyboards”

Character Spiders

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 Hampton, therefore she takesContinue reading “Character Spiders”