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Paradise found in Paternoster

I’ve been dreaming about Paternoster, the coastal village with its wealth of whitewashed fisherman’s cottages and blue shutters on the barren West Coast of South Africa for years. The idea of a remote Cycladic influenced town in the middle of (almost) nowhere sounded idyllic. And this year, I decided come what may, we were going…

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Sometimes a genre chooses you

This may come as rather a surprise to the lovely readers who have so very kindly followed my blog (much love to you all) but until now,  most of the unfinished manuscripts filling my desk draw were all fantasy novels. Sort of in the vein of, but obviously not half as brilliant, as Neil Gaimon or Terry Pratchett. Don’t…

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The last comma standing

Right. So … editing, okay … been at this for a solid week and I’m only at chapter 7. Sigh. Well, nobody said it would be easy, right? What I am enjoying, beyond fixing the grammar gremlins and all the red and green underlined bits and shouting at MS Word because dammit, sometimes a fragment…

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Finished Book!

So … yesterday something rather magical happened, fuelled by Nespresso, the remnants of a hangover from the night before, as well as lack of food: I finished The Book! Working title/s: A Greek Vintage / Under a Cretan Sky / My Invincible Summer / An Invincible Summer … I will be having a vote on…

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Down with love?

When I first started writing fiction some 10 years ago, what came out was fantasy; a magical world, with witches, spells, and battles between good and evil. It was a love affair that began in childhood, and is unlikely to ever disappear. I still have these stories, which lie close to my heart, and one…

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‘For there are ghosts in the air’

Isn’t that a beautiful title? Taken from a Dylan Thomas poem, the theme of which inspired the first novel of the incredible writing talent of Nicola Ann Roberts, who is being featured here today. What I love about blogging is the amazing community of like-minded people that you find. There’s something so incredible about speaking to someone who is…

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New look and feel

As The Book nears completion I have been looking at changing the format and the appearance of my blog towards a more professional image, that will have long-term potential when it is incorporated into a more traditional author site (once the book is in the world). While I still want to keep my blog as fun…

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Novel progress : 50,000 words

Just a short update on the novel progress. Yesterday I reached the 50,000 word mark, a new milestone.  Whoop whoop. Quite a feat I think (ahem) as it is the length of a short novel, Nicholas Sparks’ The Notebook was 52,000 words and a Nanowrimo novel is 50,000 words. It’s taken longer than expected to…

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