So,finally, my novel Blind Side was published in July. If you’ve read it I can’t wait to hear your thoughts! If you haven’t – what are you waiting for? No, seriously, I understand there are a ton of good books out there, and the Olympics are on TV, and the weather’s nice (unless you’re in Tasmania, perhaps). … More Read and review Blind Side, or else…
Here’s a notice about an event coming up soon – it would be great if you could be there. Unbound proudly presents four of our talented writers in… Battle of the Pitches Help our authors crowdfund their way to publication and YOU decide the winner! Jennie Ensor, author of Ghosts of Chechnya Ian Skewis, author … More Battle of the Pitches!
I’m over the moon that my novel Ghosts of Chechnya (a love story/thriller set in 2005 London) has been accepted for crowdfunding (and publication if that goes well) by Unbound, an award-winning independent crowdfunding publisher (@unbounders on Twitter). They have put out some fabulous books e.g. The Wake, longlisted for the Man Booker prize in … More Ghosts finds crowdfunding publisher Unbound
Note: Owing to the chaos of my life recently, I’ve had to delay posting this. October 17, 2015 The only sounds are a fly batting against the window and radiators clicking. Church bells strike 10am, long and noisily. A gate creaks. Then, nothing. I crunch into my pain complet, breaking the silence. This is my … More Disconnected: Notes from a small village in southwest France
Well, on Sunday evening I finally bit the bullet and retired my Authonomy account, shedding a silent tear in the process. Henceforth, no more ‘blueheart’, my screen name for the past two years. (Thank goodness, I am a relative ‘newbie’ to this writing community without the crusty familiarity of those old-timers with 5 or 6 … More The End of Authonomy
I’m not sure whether to laugh or cry. First, on July 31st my book landed on the Authonomy Editors’ Desk. Cue delighted celebration, mutters of relief from long suffering husband and friends sick of hearing of the latest rise or fall of Ghosts. Then on 19 August I got my review from Harper Collins, which … More Made it! – in the Nick of Time
I felt I ought to do something to acknowledge the tenth anniversary of 7/7, given that I’m a Londoner and the events that July are a significant part of Ghosts of Chechnya. But what? Though I was in London on that day in July 2005, I wasn’t anywhere near where the bombs went off, nor … More Remembering 7/7
That Hubble photo is amazing. I wonder what the non-humans on all the other planets think when they see eclipses and pictures of distant galaxies – and do they have as many views of it all as we lot do?
Short answer: The Internet Long answer: Internet-overloaded brain susceptible to multiple distractions Back in the good old days when I was an unreconstructed technophobe, I would shut myself in my office after breakfast, refuse to answer the phone or open the front door, and linger blissfully on my novel-in-progress until I felt too hungry to … More The Pressure of Time on the Modern Writer, or Where did all my time go?
I have always been drawn to things that are hidden and somewhat mysterious. As a freelance journalist, I enjoyed working on articles that dug deep, raised difficult questions and were sometimes controversial. (Unfortunately they often took a hell of a long time to research, so were not so great for the bank balance.) Now that … More On what led to “Ghosts of Chechnya”