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Plot with dialogue

The blog is on tour this week. You can find me over at the Take Five Authors blog – where I am talking about the way we plot.

At a workshop last weekend, I was fascinated by the idea of using dialogue to plot. For someone who doesn’t like to plot (that’s me) it seems like a great idea – thank you Sophie Weston.

I also talk about some of my favourite movie moments – where dialogue is everything. And there’s a picture of Marlon Brando. Here’s another one – just to get you in the mood… then head over to Take Five Authors.

A Streetcar Named Desire is not my favourite Brando film – but he certainly rocked that T-shirt!

 

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A writing hero

I confess, I had a bit of a fan-girl moment. I love Gaiman’s writing.

You know those moments when you finally get to… not exactly meet but spend time listening to someone you have really admired for a long time. One of two things will happen. Either you’ll be disappointed, or you’ll fall in love.

And isn’t it the best thing in the world when it’s the latter?

This week, I had a major fan-girl moment. I had a front row seat at the Royal Festival Hall to hear the amazing Neil Gaiman talk about his work in general and in particular his latest book – Norse Mythology. This book is a retelling of the classic Norse myths in Gaiman’s own unique voice.

Not only is he a great writer – he is a pretty fabulous reader too.

The evening started with him reading one of the stories from the book. It involved the Mighty Thor and his hammer, Loki , a giant ogre and a wedding. Continue reading

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Reaching for the tissues

This is a book that means a lot to me.

I can finally let you all in on a secret I have been keeping for a little while now….

The Romantic Novelists Association has announced the shortlists for the Romantic Novel of the Year Awards – and my book, Little Girl Lost, is there. Yes – I cried when I heard the news a few weeks ago. And once or twice since then, I have jumped up and down and made squeeee noises – excited, but so frustrated that I had to keep it a secret.

Little Girl Lost is shortlisted for the Epic Romantic Novel of the Year –that’s for a book which has a strong romance at its core, but also deals with wider issues beyond the romance.

Being shortlisted for this award means a lot to me for several reasons. Continue reading

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Discovering New Authors

The first stop on my ‘new authors’ list was a wonderful book – and she has a good sized backlist for me to explore.

I’m not one for New Year’s Resolutions, but I did promise myself that this year I would experiment more with my reading and try some new authors. Not necessarily new as in debut authors – but new to me.

That’s not to say I am abandoning old favourites. Never! But I felt it was time to be a bit more adventurous and move out of my comfort zone. So for the past few weeks I have been grabbing new authors of my huge to-be-read pile.

It’s been a lot of fun… Continue reading

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Squirrels have their special day

Not exactly a common site in outback Australia.

Did you know that January 21st was/is World Squirrel Appreciation Day? I certainly didn’t.

I grew up in a country that doesn’t have squirrels. When I say that, it startles many of my UK friends. Squirrels here are so commonplace. They have adapted well to an urban environment. And of course are all over the countryside.

When I first came to the UK, and met my first squirrel, I was delighted. I still smile every time I see one. Why? Continue reading

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The perfect man…

I have gone visiting this weekend over on the Take Five Authors blog – where I am talking about making a perfect man..

Do we really want a perfect hero – or are his imperfections what make us really love him?

Pop over to Take Five Authors for more…..

Here’s a hint at the type of imperfect hero I am talking about.

 

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Reading between the frames

If you haven’t seen this – it really is worth a look.

I read a film last night.

I know what you are thinking – and yes, I watched it too. In fact I did both. At the same time.  And it was quite an eye opener.

The film was A Few Good Men – which of course features an absolutely brilliant performance by Jack Nicholson. A fine Keifer Sutherland performance too. Not to mention Kevin Bacon. And a young Tom Cruise doesn’t do too badly either.

The reason I watched it was none of the above – it was all about the writing. Continue reading

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It’s that time again

It’s that time of year again – how did that happen? The year has passed so quickly.

I’d like to thank you all for your friendship and support during 2016. It’s been a tumultuous year in so many ways for so many people. I’ll be spending the next couple of weeks with family and friends, sharing and enjoying a few days rest and recuperation – before we all head into 2017 with renewed energy and enthusiasm.

I hope you enjoy the holiday season – however you choose to celebrate it. And I look forward to your company in the new year. Much Love….

 

 

 

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A special anthology

A lovely volume – beautifully produced.

I am becoming very fond of the postman – he (or more accurately, they) keep bringing me such lovely surprises.

This time it was an elegant volume called Notes On A Page, which combines creativity and talent with the desire to help others.

The book is a collection of short works from She Voices – a group of women writers based in Richmond. Back in May, I had the opportunity to meet them and spent a very pleasant evening in their company.

As a result of that meeting, they invited me to join this book. Continue reading

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My best reads of the year

It took me far too long to get around to reading this

It took me far too long to get around to reading this

As the end of the year approaches – there’s time for one more wafer-thin book blog… which includes what I have to say are my two standout books for the year.

Both are books that I’ve read in the last few weeks… and they could not be more different.

One is a mega best seller – the other isn’t – but it should be.

One has been made into a Hollywood movie – and oh how I wish the other would be.

Both are a little outside my normal reading zone – and have convinced me that I need to move the boundaries of my reading zone…

My pick for the year is… (drum roll please) Continue reading

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