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 …

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A Comedy Writer’s Trip to St Kilda

I was found remaking a movie last month, on the top of the highest sea cliffs in the UK. Well, a book and a film if I’m honest. One minute I was Cathy, hand dramatically against forehead, searching for Heathcliffe through the romantic mists and only finding – and narrowly missing toppling off - real cliff-cliffs. “Be …

Chick Lit Books – An Open Letter To Real Book Lovers

Lucy Kelson: George, I think you are the most selfish human being on the planet. George Wade: Well that's just silly. Have you met everybody on the planet? - 'Two Weeks Notice'. This weekend I had my very first book signing event at the Waterstones store in East Kilbride, Scotland. It was a great and pivotal day …

Conquering Writer’s Block (Without Your Head Falling Off)

One of the questions posed on my Goodreads author page, was ‘how do you conquer writer’s block?’ I said I didn’t believe in it. I said, ‘just push through. Keep writing. Write anything, even if it’s drivel.’ I think the best thing you can do is allow yourself to write nonsense and all of a …

To World Book Day, Waterstones and Being Delusional

For what seems like my entire life, the gift I have loved to receive far and above anything else has been a shiny, new, book-smelly, book. And none more so than a hardback – a pleasure I can’t often indulge myself in these days, given the additional cost factor. For a long time, I did think …

Authors: Don’t Be a Bloody Statistic

There are people that are writing in the hope of getting rich, and there are people that are writing for the love of the craft. I would firmly plant myself between these two extremes. I suspect that those writers who are most disappointed are in the first category. I love writing, have reached a point in …

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you will know two significant things have happened to me lately: 1) I left my agent and found my novel, 'The New Mrs D' unpublished with a loss of my sales rankings and 2) I held a three day free promotion …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 …