How do you start a novel?

I had heard from many different sources that there is a tendency to put a version of yourself front and centre of your first novel. I wanted to avoid this trap so decided to write from the perspective of a young woman. Writing is a form of escapism and jumping both gender and age wasContinue reading “How do you start a novel?”

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”

Why do you write?

The world is not waiting with bated breath for my fourth novel. So why am I writing one? I still don’t have a simple, single sentence answer to that question – 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 IContinue reading “Why do you write?”

Writing Across Genders

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 “Writing Across Genders”

I was born in black and white

I am a part of that post war, baby boom, privileged generation – except it wasn’t quite like that for everyone. Silver spoons from which to sup were few and far between in the suburban hinterland between North Kent and London. The most common weed on our pavements was wheat, still trying to break throughContinue reading “I was born in black and white”