SLOW, SLOW, quick, quick, SLOW

It’s probably wrong to be as obsessed with a TV programme as I am with Strictly Come Dancing, but if it is then I don’t want to be right. I love that show. I have loved it since the very first programme and I love it still – I don’t know why. I only know that the real reason I …

Good intentions

OK so as a resolution goes, forgetting to blog on only the second day of promising to blog every day wasn’t my finest hour….but I did have a sort of excuse. Yesterday was my husband’s works Christmas party in a posh hotel in London. As a full time writer I don’t have a Christmas party, in fact after several weeks …

Quantity….

I’ve promised to have a go at blogging every day. Who have I promised? The other racers who are so much better and more diligent than me, and myself. So that is what I’m going to do. Blog every day. As a consequence my blog may often be quite dull, badly typed and quite short but I’m giving it a …

And Breathe

Well it’s been a long time since I blogged here but I thought that as this week I delivered novels to both my U.K and U.S publishers I’d take a moment to pause and breathe and have a little think. It’s been a pretty crazy wonderful year so far. Four books published, three in this country and one in the …

Panic and Emptiness

First of all it’s not THAT bad. It’s just a phrase I like, I love Conran- he’s one of my favourite writers. I have a lot to do – but it is doable. I have plan and schedule and a desk and a lunch hour and a clocking off time when I go to pick up my little girl up …

The Wood for the Trees

I’ve been beset by ideas this week, which you (or one, if we’re being posh) would think is a good think, But I’m not so sure. Too many ideas confuse the plot and slow down the pace and I’ve learnt over six books that you can’t fit all the ideas or indeed all the characters that you have created at …

Running to Stand Still

This week I had to take a break from my book to do some housekeeping on other projects. It couldn’t be avoided, and I love the fact that I get to work on more than one kind of book and write two or three books a years(two children’s one adult) I consider myself very lucky. I’ve been working on the …

How to host a diner party and write a novel.

It’s hard enough writing a novel, I think we’ve all got that bit. My books are usually about 120K words long and I am currently running a tiny like bit behind schedule. At the end of April I was right on schedule with 50K words written but then I realised that it wasn’t going in the right direction, that I …