Tools of the trade (and mantis wrists)

Having a space to write has always been important to me. Like most, I’ll have times where slumping on the sofa works best, or when taking my laptop to an armchair with a handy side table for many cups of tea is just what I need. But really I do struggle when I don’t have…

Join us on 13th August – ‘Being a Writer’ Panel

Just a quick one from me! Fancy joining a safe space to discuss your writing career and work? A day to identify the things you value as a writer, to craft your bio, and to find out how to maximise your own personal time to become the writer you were born to be? Well you’re…

How to love your bad reviews

OK, so that’s a bit misleading. No one could LOVE their bad reviews. But we can learn to love how they encourage us to grow. So far, I feel incredibly lucky that Composite Creatures, Little Quakes Every Day, ad Bone Ovation have been well-received. It’s one of the most wonderful feelings in the world, to…

Motherhood and Writing

Motherhood is settling upon me like moss. It’s growing out of my pores, is soft to the touch, and is weighty, like wet sponge. It doesn’t feel permanent as such, more like a new skin that will slowly grow and evolve as I stumble through new terrain. My son, Noah, has had a few early…

Today’s the day – COMPOSITE CREATURES launch party!

Today’s the day – Composite Creatures is finally officially launched! Wooooooo! I’m now a published poet and novelist. It feels INCREDIBLE. I’ve been overwhelmed with the reviews so far, it’s like a dream. It’s such a privilege to make people think. And tonight is the official online launch party, too! Streamed on YouTube here or…

Online Launch for COMPOSITE CREATURES – 13th April

Here it is… the launch of my debut novel COMPOSITE CREATURES on 13th April, at 7pm! This free online event will feature myself in conversation with Carys Bray, and the whole thing will be live illustrated by the incredible Chris Riddell! It’d be so amazing if friends could join. It’ll stream live on YouTube, so…

BOOKISH TAKE – EPISODE 1 LAUNCH

This week is officially the launch of Bookish Take! Hurrah! Bookish Take is a wee YouTube series with me and fellow Angry Robot fantasy author Gabriela Houston, where we discuss our journeys to where we are as writers today – from identifying initial story ideas through to being published. We’ve had so much fun filming…

We are BOOKISH TAKE

Welcome… to BOOKISH TAKE! During January, fellow Angry Robot author Gabriela Houston (of The Second Bell) and I have been preparing something very special – Bookish Take! Here’s the teaser trailer… In this short YouTube series, we discuss our publishing journey, from choosing our initial story ideas to pitching to agents and publishers. We go…

Stories for Noah

2021 has only really begun, and for me it continues to be a year of making things. Books, knitting,… and now a newborn. Last month, amidst writing stories and promotion for Composite Creatures, I had a baby boy. Noah. And though writing will be paced for a long while, I’m even more determined to make…

Composite Creatures – on the wireless

It’s been a while! But A LOT has been happening, which I’ll explain over the next couple of blogs. Its been a busy and odd year so far – and I’m so glad to have you with me along the way. I breached 2021 knowing this year was going to be a biggie. One reason…