A Wintery Catch Up (and a call for support)

I received SUCH an exciting package last week. I lifted it up off the doormat and my arm ‘zinged’. Want to see inside? And those are just SOME of what was in the envelope! It was all the original illustrations from Chris Riddell’s role in my launch for Little Quakes Every Day last month –…

Unboxing Little Quakes Every Day

Hoorah – sound the trumpets! For Little Quakes Every Day is officially published! Yesterday was launch day for my first full collection, and it was amazing to see lots of pre-orders arriving on the same day. I can’t wait to hear what you all think of it (though of course, in true ‘me’ fashion, I’m…

Composite Creatures – SciFiNow exclusive cover reveal and excerpt

Geeez, it’s all gearing up now, that’s for sure! I was just about to blog about my poetry collection, Little Quakes Every Day, which is published next month, when I heard on the wiggling grapevine that SciFiNow magazine had exclusively revealed the cover of my debut novel, AND released an excerpt from the first chapter!…

Book Publishing: Interview with a poetry editor

What does a book editor do? And could you be helped by having one? It wasn’t too long ago I finished editing my first full-length poetry collection Little Quakes Every Day. As ever, Valley Press sourced the perfect editor to work with me to make the collection the best it can be, from the ordering…

Cake and catch-up during Lockdown

Got a cup of something? Tea, or something stronger? Have some cake. I just baked it yesterday. I dropped in too much vanilla essence and had to substitute the self-raising flour… But it’s still good, I promise. Hasn’t this strange period felt like it’s lasted forever? We’ve been in pretty much total lockdown since March,…

Composite Creatures – my debut novel in 2021

The cat is OFFICIALLY out of the bag! I couldn’t be more thrilled to announce that my debut novel, Composite Creatures, will be published by Angry Robot on May 11th 2021. I’ve been keeping my lip buttoned on this one since the beginning of the year, but now that it’s out there in The Bookseller,…

Everything you need to know about using beta readers

I’m getting very close now to the point when I’ll send my current book out to a motley gang of beta readers (you know who you are!), and I have to wait for their feedback. It’s make or break time. I never used to understand how important this part of the process was. I wasn’t…

Little Quakes Every Day – release date confirmed for 2020

I’ve been SO EXCITED to share this – and as my poetry publisher knows – I can get pretty darn excitable when I have news to share. So here goes… I can officially confirm that my next fully poetry collection, Little Quakes Every Day, will be released on 9th November this year (2020, for retrospective…

How I feel about 2020

I’m loving reading people’s decade in review blogs. It’s lovely to see how people have changed and grown, but of course they’re not all happy stories. Over the last few weeks I was debating doing one myself, but decided against it. Too much has changed, and it’s better to focus on today than yesterday or…

Why it’s ok to stop

This month’s blog is late, but for good reason. When something happens, something deep and changing, it’s difficult to focus. Difficult to concentrate. As someone that writes for a living every day, writes for pleasure, writes for the sheer love of it – I’ve barely set a word down in a month. And that’s ok….