Writing Fiction About Sexual Abuse And Sexual Violence In The Era Of #MeToo

Today I’m sharing a piece I wrote for the Women Writers, Women’s Books site, with my thoughts on how to approach writing about sexual abuse and sexual violence. Can a novel or short story be too disturbing? How sensitive to readers’ – and publishers’ – sensibilities should a writer be?   I’d love to hear … More Writing Fiction About Sexual Abuse And Sexual Violence In The Era Of #MeToo

From dark days to OMG: How I got my 2nd publishing deal

As announced in my April post, my novel THE GIRL IN HIS EYES will be published by Bloodhound Books in September 2018 The due date, 18 September, is coincidentally the day after my birthday so I’ll have no excuse not to celebrate! Yesterday I handed in my last structural edits and now the copywriter will get … More From dark days to OMG: How I got my 2nd publishing deal

News and Plans for 2018

This post is a little later than I intended owing to being away over Christmas, domestic interruptions (fridge delivery, Virgin cutting off our internet), other things needing attention (tax return) and time-management issues. Writing news In 2017 I started submitting short stories to competitions and devoted regular mornings to writing (and editing) them. Earlier this … More News and Plans for 2018

Q&A: Author Alex Day on psychological thrillers

This week Alex Day answers my questions on psychological thrillers: their popularity, the writing of them and what she enjoys — and doesn’t — as a reader. Alex Day is author of THE MISSING TWIN, a psychological thriller published in August 2017 by Harper Collins (Killer Reads imprint). It is her debut psychological thriller; she also writes under another name. Any thoughts … More Q&A: Author Alex Day on psychological thrillers

Inspired by bears, death and the Rocky Mountains #amwriting #Canada #inspiration

Hello, it’s me again, along with some pics of my recent holiday – any excuse to show them off 🙂 (Guest authors will be back intermittently for the rest of the year, with their takes on various topics.) Two weeks after getting back from a week travelling across western Canada with my husband, I’m still partly on Vancouver time … More Inspired by bears, death and the Rocky Mountains #amwriting #Canada #inspiration

Ethical Dilemmas in Novel Writing via @Laura_E_James @ChocLituk #writing

Have you ever been uncertain about whether you should include something in a novel or story that might adversely affect readers (e.g. sex abuse, drug-taking or self-harm) – or how to tackle a particularly sensitive topic? I certainly have when dealing with both sex and terrorism, wondering whether I should exclude certain details that although authentic may be disturbing for some. As a reader, have … More Ethical Dilemmas in Novel Writing via @Laura_E_James @ChocLituk #writing

#GuestPost: @Moria_Forsyth on the ethics of using real life in #writing

A Present for the Writer Writers are always being given presents. Not the diamond bracelet/Hermes handbag/two dozen red roses kind of present; not even the warm pyjamas/pruning shears/hardback book kind. People are always trying to give writers stories. ‘This would make a great book!’ Sometimes they add, ‘It’s amazing – I’m going to write it … More #GuestPost: @Moria_Forsyth on the ethics of using real life in #writing

Guest post: Why you should consider joining a writing group

Here’s another of my occasional author guest posts. Today I hand over to fellow Unbound author, Shona Kinsella, whose debut novel Ashael Rising has just been published. Ms Kinsella describes her experience with the writing community Scribophile. (I joined Scribophile once, I must confess, and did nothing there whatsoever except read about the karma system and decide it wasn’t for me. But maybe … More Guest post: Why you should consider joining a writing group

Life as an Author, six months on #Sundayblogshare #writinglife

As it’s half a year since my first novel Blind Side hit the digital shelves last July, and almost a year since my book project was funded (February 2016), I thought I’d take a peek back at the year. Yes, I’m a bit late with this looking back stuff, but I’ve been busy. “How I walked into my … More Life as an Author, six months on #Sundayblogshare #writinglife

The Friday Interview: Stevyn Colgan on the funny side of murder

My guest today, Stevyn Colgan, is writer and researcher on the popular TV programme QI. After several non-fiction books, his first novel A Murder To Die For is 92% funded and looks like hitting 100% any day now. It is expected to be published by Unbound in 2017. Tell us a little about your background and career so … More The Friday Interview: Stevyn Colgan on the funny side of murder