Why the British tell better children’s stories (or do they?)

I recently came across this article in The Atlantic, entitled ‘Why the British Tell Better Children’s Stories‘. Its main premise is that classic British children’s books are almost all fantasies – such as The Wind in the Willows, Alice in Wonderland, Winnie-the-Pooh, Peter Pan, The Hobbit, James and the Giant Peach, Harry Potter, and TheContinue reading “Why the British tell better children’s stories (or do they?)”

Anatomy of a Novel Part 3: Road trip

In this series of posts I’m going to be giving you a warts-and-all look at the process of writing my next novel. Click here for Part 1 and Part 2. A couple of weekends ago we had to go to a wedding at Camden, which is a smallish town at the northern end of theContinue reading “Anatomy of a Novel Part 3: Road trip”

Anatomy of a Novel Part 2: Post-project blues

In this series of posts I’m going to be giving you a warts-and-all look at the process of writing my next novel. Part 1 can be viewed here. A couple of days after I wrote about unexpectedly bombing out of NaNoWriMo, this article from ArtsHub, ‘Eight ways to deal with post-project blues’, fortuitously popped upContinue reading “Anatomy of a Novel Part 2: Post-project blues”

Anatomy of a Novel Part 1: Learning to be kind

In this series of posts I’m going to be giving you a warts-and-all look at the process of writing my next novel, an Australian Gothic thriller tentatively titled The Dark Before the Dawn. The first week of NaNoWriMo is over, and to be honest it’s been a bit of a bust for me. I haveContinue reading “Anatomy of a Novel Part 1: Learning to be kind”

The next novel

In much the same way that people start asking you when you’re having kids about six months after you get married, now that Greythorne is out I’m starting to get questions about the next book.  Unlike the kid question, however, the timing is kind of perfect, because I’ve been turning over ideas for my next novelContinue reading “The next novel”

Book launches, parties, anything…

So I’ve now got a launch date for Greythorne – Fri 27 November, 6pm, at Paperchain Bookstore in Manuka, Canberra (more info available on my Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/lmmerrington). I guess the only thing to do now is actually organise it, which is exciting and terrifying in equal measure. There’s so much information out there aboutContinue reading “Book launches, parties, anything…”