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…

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…

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…

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 –…

Little Quakes Every Day Launch with live illustration from Chris Riddell

It’s finally time to announce the details for my online launch for Little Quakes Every Day on 20th November, and I’ll be joined by some very special guests indeed… Hosted online by Northern Writers Studio, from 7.30pm UK time we’ll be chatting about the book and writing in general, before being joined by guest readers…

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…