Feel The Fear… and Write it Anyway

When you want something; really, really want something, where do you begin in getting close to it? My own answer: "Build it, and they will come." I live in a beautiful, rented house in Scotland which was the very thing that drove me to write. Seven years ago our landlord decided she wanted to sell it, my husband …

A Folder Called ‘Bollocks’ – Why Authors Should NEVER Respond to Reviews

Regular readers of my blog may recall I celebrated the much anticipated landing of my first one star review as an author, with a light-hearted blog post and a nod to fellow authors to try not to take them too seriously. In the last month I have seen a few knee-jerk reactions to scathing reviews and am almost always …

The Rollercoaster – 29,000 Downloads Later

Remember this scene from the 1980’s comedy film, Parenthood? If you follow my progress you will know two significant things have happened to me lately: 1) I left my agent and found my novel, 'The New Mrs D' unpublished with a loss of my sales rankings and 2) I held a three day free promotion …

Laughing inappropriately and Other Guilty Confessions

I spied a Twitter profile today which said, ‘laughs inappropriately. Even at funerals.’ At first I was outraged… and then I remembered I have done this. Before you click away from here, let me attempt to explain myself. You see, I was young, naïve and completely horrified when it happened. My thirteen year old self …

Interview With Sci-Fi Author Dylan Hearn

I had a little chat yesterday with an indie author pal whose book I recently read, Dylan Hearn, who is having a free promotion right now for his sci-fi thriller, Second Chance as well as celebrating publication day for his second book, Absent Souls. Science fiction is not my usual read of choice, but I picked Second …

Book Distribution Fun and Frolics.

Those of you who read my Publication Update From a Terrified Author will be familiar with my journey to publication. If you didn’t, go there now. It’s okay, we’ll wait. *Taps fingers* *Answers the call of last night’s left over chocolate cake in the fridge* Up to speed? Great! So to update you some more: …