One year ago, I wrote a blog about the book I was working on, Spinning Tales. It's a fairy tale about fairy tales, and it came out this year. It was fun to write urban fantasy that also left this world behind and then continued to jump back and forth. Tonight I finished the edits… Continue reading On a planet far, far away…
The last time I walked in a Pride parade I was young. Thirteen, maybe? It was with my church, and I remember purple T-shirts. I'm a bit older than that now. (Cough, splutter, ahem) And so when we got the offer to march with the Romantic Novelists Association in London Pride, we decided to do… Continue reading I Will Not Look Away
You are not alone. I want, need, you to know that. When that feeling starts behind your eyes, when the pins run through your chest and up your spine, when breathing gets hard...you are not alone. When you tell yourself you can't do it, that you have to run, to flee to safety (though where… Continue reading You Need to Know
I'm pretty rubbish at self promotion and talking about things. But I'm taking a writing break, and so of course I'm thinking about writing. I thought I'd ramble a bit about what writing is and does for me... "Talk it out" is a truth, something that requires the words articulated in order to find the… Continue reading Just let go
Well hello there. I thought I'd pop in and let you know about a bit of word-pondering I did over at the Bold Strokes Blog site. Want to know where I got the inspiration for Spinning Tales, the fairy tale about fairy tales? Want to know where I start when I play with story? Have… Continue reading Inspiration
Today is the day. It's officially the world wide release day for Spinning Tales, an urban fairy tale about fairy tales. It has love, drama, destiny, magic, a quest, magical items, villains, questionable agendas, and of course, strong women kicking ass and changing the world. You can grab a copy here and lots of other… Continue reading Here, there, and everywhere
Who writes your story? Are you in charge of it? Or is your life on a predetermined path, written by someone you can't see, and you're just along for the ride? If you decide you want to take control, can you wrest it away from the writer? In my newest book, Spinning Tales (available today… Continue reading Are you in charge?
I'm not someone who gets excited about things. My response is often tepid, which leads to disapointment from the people around me. But book box day is always fun, and when I know the shipment is coming, I keep looking out the window for Scott, our UPS guy. I got my author copies of Spinning… Continue reading Book Box Day
I'm pretty sure most writers have been, or will go, there. You read a book by another author friend of yours. It's fucking fantastic. You read the beautifully constructed sentences, the tightly woven plot, the unexpected twist. It's all so clever and lovely and fucking excellent. And you think, why can't I write like that?… Continue reading Professional envy. Or, Damn all the words.
January 16th. It's raining. And grey. It's England in January, after all. But I've woken in a lovely holiday home looking over the Yorkshire dales, and I can see the sea. My wife is downstairs doing body combat, and my in-laws are having a quiet breakfast. We're on our yearly family winter break. It's beautiful… Continue reading Re-birthday things