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…

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 –…

Watch a video from LITTLE QUAKES (and the launch is this week!)

If anything proves how fast time flies, it’s setting a launch date comfortably far in the future and then seeing how quickly it appears under your nose again. Unbelievably, the online launch of Little Quakes Every Day is in three days (this Friday, 20th November), and I’m doing some prep today. 😊 At the event…

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…

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…

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…

What happens when you pre-order a book?

It’s time for some EXCELLENT news! Ever thought that one minute something seems like a lifetime away, and the next – it’s on your doorstep? Well, it looks like my first full poetry collection is available for pre-order! I can’t believe it’s officially launched in just a few months. Unreal. Pre-orders help authors and publishers…

What a year. And what’s ahead in 2019?

Hopefully you’re cosied up somewhere suitably blankety and mulled wine-y. I’m currently wrapped up in 4 layers of fleece and drinking pots and pots of tea. For us, New Year is spent inside, waiting for the bells to ring and for there to be another new beginning. It’s just that this time I’m pretty flippin’…

6 Books that should be on your Christmas List this Year

I can’t be the only person whose Christmas list is quite often just a huge list of books? Admittedly I have a bit of a problem, in that my house is stuffed full with books. In fact, stack them up around the walls and I could very well brick up the house with them. But…

2018 – A Year of Adventuring

Between Christmas and New Year, I lose myself in wistful thinking. Away from my day job writing in an office environment, I become solely focussed on what I want to do. It’s short-lived of course, as in a matter of days I have to become a square peg in a square hole again, but for…