Stick or Twist – An Author’s Dilemma

Having always wanted to write about characters I can develop over time in a series of books, I found myself in a curious position. Book One had been written, edited and coaxed through many iterations. It had been drafted, crafted, beta read and re-drafted. In fact, the rough wood had… Read more“Stick or Twist – An Author’s Dilemma”

Becoming a Curtis Brown Creative

As I stood with my fellow course-mates on the Curtis Brown Creative (CBC) 3-month London course, I had never experienced such an intense feeling of impostor syndrome. They looked like ‘proper’ authors and I wondered whether I had been ushered into the wrong waiting area. The feeling did not dissipate… Read more“Becoming a Curtis Brown Creative”

Write What You Know (just don’t kill anyone)

I first received advice to write what you know while in school and thought it made perfect sense. After all, Ian Fleming had been in Naval Intelligence and John le Carr√© in both MI5 and MI6 before writing their spy novels, whilst Alistair MacLean had been in the Royal Navy… Read more“Write What You Know (just don’t kill anyone)”