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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Why write anyway?

I’ve heard it said before: writing is not for the faint of heart. Like acting, you’re only as good as your last gig. Where you can go from being praised to vilified from one piece of work to the next, and it’s almost impossible to know which one it will be, half of the time. I…

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Enjoying the ride

A Greek Vintage, ( working title – I have been playing with the idea of ‘Under a Cretan Sky’ as well …) my novel set in Crete, about love, loss and following your heart featuring a burned down vineyard, an unsolved mystery, and a journalist, who after losing everything, is on the search for a new life …  is winding its way…

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Lessons from Lesley Lokko

Last night I attended the launch of Lesley Lokko’s latest novel In Love and War at Love Books in Melville, Johannesburg, and was lucky enough to spend a little time chatting with her about her process and what inspires her novels. She’s written nine books, and publishes a book a year. She’s Ghanian and Scottish, and spends…

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