My mentor, Rebecca Gault

I was asked recently to write a blog post for the Land of Enchantment Romance Authors’ blog. I decided to write about the woman who inspired me, and who inspired the name for the LERA writing contest, The Rebecca. You can read the original post on the LERA blog here.  When I moved to Albuquerque, […] Read more…

Roald Dahl: Every writer has a secret compartment in his brain

Roald Dahl’s very big imagination comes from a “secret compartment in his brain.” On Friday we visited the Roald Dahl Museum in Great Missenden.  The museum tells the story of the children’s author, from his prank-filled childhood to his career as a pilot during WWII to his beginnings as a writer. His writing hut has […] Read more…

A host of issues

A funny thing happened on the way to write a blog post. Yes, I know it’s been almost a month since I posted here. And shortly after I posted the last item, I logged in to WordPress.com to try to add another post—about my experience with the new iPad, which I received for my birthday. […] Read more…

E-book readers revisited

My previous blogpost examined some rather esoteric factors regarding e-book reading. Now I’ve come across an article that looks at the legibility of e-book readers in a more scientific way. As someone who pays a lot of attention to typography (I used to do desktop publishing, back when that word was young and exciting) I’ve […] Read more…

The intimacy of ebooks

Yesterday’s rain kept me indoors all day, curled up on the couch reading. But not with a paperback novel—I cuddled my iPad in my lap, propped up with a pillow, my dog at my feet. I was re-reading a favorite book, Susan E. Phillips First Lady. I’d read it many years ago when it first […] Read more…

The serendipitous theme

I have a terrible time plotting my books, answering the question “what happens next?” But I have a friend (a very knowledgeable plotter) who’s always told me that all the ingredients for a plot are in my head, and they eventually end up on the page, exactly in the order needed. I’m an organic plotter, […] Read more…

Plot holes and patch kits

The other day I realized, via a random tweet, that my WIP* had a big plot hole. Large enough to drive a lorry through. A lorry, for you Yanks, is what’s known as an 18-wheeler in the US. They’re every bit as big here, and yes, my plot is the size of an interstate, with […] Read more…

Where did I misplace my confidence?

I’m in an odd position. I’ve just sold a book, finally achieved the acclamation for my work I’ve longed for, and yet I feel more self-doubt than ever before. Despite visible success—a signed contract—I’m not convinced I know what I’m doing. I open Word tentatively, bucking up my courage to address my previously written files. […] Read more…

Snow in southern England

Southern England doesn’t get much snow, but in the last couple of years we’ve woken up to snow more than once.  I love a snowy morning, before the snow drops from the tree limbs. This is the view from my bedroom window this morning. Last night we got about two inches of snow, on top […] Read more…

The Call

On January 11 I was preparing for bed. Deciding to check my email one last time, I opened my iPad and saw an email from the editor who’d been reading my manuscript. I tapped. And there it was, The Call. The Call is what writers call the moment you receive the first call (or when […] Read more…

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