Award winning author

Bookings are now open for my three 2020 residential writing retreats, co-tutored with RNA Chair Alison May. Details can be found here.

My travels

Thank you Colorado

How excited was I to get the finalists badge?

How excited was I to get the finalists badge?

There’s been a bit of excitement in my house this week…. and a very warm and fuzzy feeling for the US state of Colorado.

The reason – The Wild One is a finalist in the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence. Excellence! What a truly… um… excellent word that is.

I’m having a bit of a fan girl moment about this too, because a couple of my favourite US authors are on the same shortlist. (You can see the full shortlist here.) People always say it’s an honour to be on a shortlist, and in this case that’s totally true. To be mentioned in the same breath as such authors is just… awesome! Continue reading

Share this page...
FacebooktwitterredditpinterestmailFacebooktwitterredditpinterestmail
Follow Janet here...
FacebooktwitterpinterestrssFacebooktwitterpinterestrss

A dive into the archives

The old archive - when everything was in hard copy... page proofs and magazine stories and rejected novels. Now it's all in my computer.

The old archive – when everything was in hard copy… page proofs and magazine stories and rejected novels. Now it’s all in my computer.

I never throw away anything I write. Even if it’s terrible. It’s not just because I am a pack rat and have trouble throwing anything away (although I am and I do- as testified to by my messy office).

It’s because there’s no such thing as a bad idea. A bad idea is just an idea that hasn’t been fully developed. It’s also because writing, like any other skill, is learned and improved on over time. An idea I might not have been able to properly develop ten years ago, might just be a trigger for something better today.

So… and here’s where I am putting it all out there .. I thought I would take you with me on a dive back into my archives Continue reading

Share this page...
FacebooktwitterredditpinterestmailFacebooktwitterredditpinterestmail
Follow Janet here...
FacebooktwitterpinterestrssFacebooktwitterpinterestrss

Imagination runs wild

I’ve just spent a few days in Doha, a city renowned for fabulous architecture but not so much for public art. The public art tends to be along the lines of a giant clam shell with equally giant pearl in the middle of a roundabout. At least it used to. I spent one evening in Katara – a cultural complex so new it is still under construction and was forced to change my mind when I stumbled across some amazing art work.

She is called Force of Natrure.

She is called Force of Nature.

Continue reading

Share this page...
FacebooktwitterredditpinterestmailFacebooktwitterredditpinterestmail
Follow Janet here...
FacebooktwitterpinterestrssFacebooktwitterpinterestrss

Bright shiny things…

Fabulous lines and angles and light and shadow make the museum quite beautiful.

Fabulous lines and angles and light and shadow make the museum quite beautiful.

 

As part of my ongoing love affair with museums, I recently lost myself for a few hours in the fabulous Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar.

The building is a work of art in itself – a beautiful collection of lines and shapes and angles on the outside and modern bright spaces on the inside.

I love the British Museum and its is eclectic collection of bits from all over the world. This was very different. This museum is devoted to a single culture, giving a much greater insight into its diversity and depth. Continue reading

Share this page...
FacebooktwitterredditpinterestmailFacebooktwitterredditpinterestmail
Follow Janet here...
FacebooktwitterpinterestrssFacebooktwitterpinterestrss

The things you learn on boats

Rivers come with maps - just as hard to read as road maps.

Rivers come with maps – just as hard to read as road maps.

It’s November. It’s getting cold. The sky is low and grey and yesterday we had hail.

I was sitting at my desk, going through some photographs – and I stumbled across just the thing to brighten a dull day. I thought I would share.

The last couple of years, we’ve escaped every summer for a few days … as Rat would say … simply mucking about in boats. Our most recent excursion was along the Thames, when it was still warm and sunny.

I have decided one of the best things about boating is the unique angle it gives to everyday life.

So, let me share some things I learned while boating… Continue reading

Share this page...
FacebooktwitterredditpinterestmailFacebooktwitterredditpinterestmail
Follow Janet here...
FacebooktwitterpinterestrssFacebooktwitterpinterestrss

Concrete and Cybermen

The Southbank buildings are iconic - but I never thought beautiful was the right word.

The Southbank buildings are iconic – but I never thought beautiful was the right word.

Architecture can be brutal.

A couple of weeks ago, I had a remarkable opportunity to deep into the bowels of two fabulous buildings – the Haywood Galley and the Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Southbank Centre.

I’ve been to both many times before, for concerts and exhibitions. Both are now closed for refurbishment – and we had an opportunity to join a tour, with two National Trust experts to tell us all about these iconic buildings.

I was in for quite a surprise. Continue reading

Share this page...
FacebooktwitterredditpinterestmailFacebooktwitterredditpinterestmail
Follow Janet here...
FacebooktwitterpinterestrssFacebooktwitterpinterestrss

It’s all about the internet

This week I seem to have been talking a lot about social media and the internet. Not on the internet of course – but face to face.

That happens to me a lot since I outed myself as a geek-girl.

I’ve dropped by two RNA chapters… and spent a morning with the lovely people at the U3A in Harrow.

Why does nobody sit in the front row? Are you afraid I bite? The lovely group at Harrow U3A.

Why does nobody sit in the front row? Are you afraid I bite? The lovely group at Harrow U3A.

Social media reared its head each time…because there’s a lot of pressure on everyone these days to be social on the internet.

So I thought I would post my top ten tips for social media, blogs and the internet generally. Continue reading

Share this page...
FacebooktwitterredditpinterestmailFacebooktwitterredditpinterestmail
Follow Janet here...
FacebooktwitterpinterestrssFacebooktwitterpinterestrss

A visit to the zoo

In Melbourne Zoo recfently - a campaign to promote recycled toilet paper. The kids loved it - giggling at the open-air loos.

In Melbourne Zoo recently – a campaign to promote recycled toilet paper. The kids loved it – giggling at the open-air loos.

I like zoos. There you are. I’ve said it.

Of course regular readers will have figured that out by now –as this isn’t the first zoo related picture to appear on this blog.

Nor was my recent visit to Melbourne Zoo a first.

Zoos can be and sometimes have been controversial. There are people who say animals shouldn’t be caged for our amusement.

I understand and agree with that – but that’s not what I see when I walk through a modern zoo.

Continue reading

Share this page...
FacebooktwitterredditpinterestmailFacebooktwitterredditpinterestmail
Follow Janet here...
FacebooktwitterpinterestrssFacebooktwitterpinterestrss

Becoming 'the great'

Alexander - certainly a great warrior - or perhaps the leader of a great army

Alexander – certainly a great warrior – or perhaps the leader of a great army

I’ve have been wondering… How do you get to be called ‘the great’?

Presumably, someone else has to give you the title because taking it for yourself would be a bit vain (although I’ll bet there were a few who did).

I understand Alexander the Great – after all, he conquered most of the known world.

The Great Khan – otherwise known as Genghis Khan let a bloody rampage across most of the known world and murdered millions.

I’m starting to see a pattern here. Continue reading

Share this page...
FacebooktwitterredditpinterestmailFacebooktwitterredditpinterestmail
Follow Janet here...
FacebooktwitterpinterestrssFacebooktwitterpinterestrss

In praise of horses

No surprises that this is one of my favourite horse-related icons - the Cowboy. He pops up in the books I write too.

No surprises that this is one of my favourite horse-related icons – the Cowboy. He pops up in the books I write too.

My mother used to say that the very first word I spoke wasn’t Mummy or Daddy – it was horsey. I am entirely willing to believe her.

Like most young girls, I loved horses. But in my case, it was a love affair I never grew out of.

Circumstances over the years changed the nature of my relationship with horses, but I’ve never lost that first great love, as evidenced by the fact that of all the books I’ve written, only one does not include horses. For that one, I had to go to Antarctica.

With all that in mind, it won’t surprise you to know that on my recent trip to Melbourne, I spent a lovely afternoon exploring the National Gallery of Victoria’s exhibition entitled – you guessed it – The Horse. Continue reading

Share this page...
FacebooktwitterredditpinterestmailFacebooktwitterredditpinterestmail
Follow Janet here...
FacebooktwitterpinterestrssFacebooktwitterpinterestrss

Writing retreats 2020 - Intensive tutor-led retreats with Janet Gover and Alison May

Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence Finalist for The Wild OneColorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence Finalist for The Wild One
Email sign-up
Sign up to my email list to be the first to hear about new releases, special offers, competitions and other exciting news. You'll only get emails from me, and those not very often.
* = required field

powered by MailChimp!
Archives