A day at the circus

Last weekend I did something I haven’t done since I was six years old. I went to the circus. And it was fabulous. Circuses seem to pop up in our area relatively frequently (once or twice a year) and each time I see the spires of a brightly coloured tent I think about going, butContinue reading “A day at the circus”

Anatomy of a Novel Part 6: The paper anniversary

When my husband Tristan and I first started dating three years ago, we had a ‘food-for-stories’ deal – he’d make me dinner and in return I’d read him the next chapter of Dragonscale, the long-running young adult fantasy novel I’d been writing off and on since 2007. We each thought we got the better endContinue reading “Anatomy of a Novel Part 6: The paper anniversary”

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”

Behind the Scenes: Part 6 – Revision

In this series of posts, I’m going to be taking you behind the scenes of Greythorne and the process I went through to write it. Click to read Part 1 (The Idea), Part 2 (Plot and Structure), Part 3 (Setting), Part 4 (Characters) and Part 5 (Writing). As Ernest Hemingway famously said, with characteristic brusqueness:Continue reading “Behind the Scenes: Part 6 – Revision”

Behind the Scenes: Part 2 – Plot and Structure

In this series of posts, I’m going to be taking you behind the scenes of Greythorne and the process I went through to write it. Part 1 looked at the development of the original idea. When I tell them I’m a writer, a lot of people respond with “Oh, I often think I’ve got aContinue reading “Behind the Scenes: Part 2 – Plot and Structure”

Behind the Scenes: Part 1 – The Idea

In this series of posts, I’m going to be taking you behind the scenes of Greythorne and the process I went through to write it. One of the most common question writers get asked is where our ideas come from, and to be honest, I wish I knew! Generally, story ideas creep up on meContinue reading “Behind the Scenes: Part 1 – The Idea”