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!…

Chris Riddell illustrates… My poetry!

I’ve had such a lovely postal week. A couple of books here and there, some lovely fabric to make into a couple of dresses, and this highlight… A hand-illustrated copy of She Will Soar from Chris Riddell! “But how?! Why?!” I hear you cry. Well, it all began when Chris was tweeting his doodles on…

Folk Tales is happening – LIVE

What do you get if you bring together a poet, an animator, a composer, a soprano, a violinist, a theatrical director, and a whole bunch of commissioned tree stumps? Folk Tales – that’s what! Check out the glorious artwork! I’m getting this printed to frame at home. It’s so beautiful. I’ve getting more and more…

How I’m de-tangling my narrative knots

I posted on Twitter recently (do you follow me on Twitter? Here’s the link if you don’t!) about how I’ve been really struggling with concentration lately. Usually, I’m good at compartmentalising life – switching from thing to thing and concentrating on that sole thing at once. But recently… Well… Nope. Not sure whether it’s the…

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…

How to plot a novel | Your first draft checklist)

Trying to figure out how to plot a novel, and not sure where to start? One thing’s clear – if I didn’t draw up a story outline before drafting, my narratives would fizzle away into nothing. No character arcs. No pacing. No flow. No meaning. Nuffink. All writers need to find their own way (we…