Limbo

As I wrote in my last post, Just Press Send, I’ve taken the first step in my publishing journey and started querying: sending my work out to literary agents in the hope that one of them will want to represent me as a writer. While there are other routes to getting a novel in printContinue reading “Limbo”

Just Press Send

On Friday morning I sat in bed with various empty chocolate wrappers around me and two dozen drafted emails on my laptop screen. After years of work on THE GIRL YOU LEFT BEHIND, I was finally ready to go: book completed, literary agents researched, queries typed, email addresses copied, and files attached. There was nothingContinue reading “Just Press Send”

The End

A lot has changed in my life in the past three years, but there’s been one constant: my novel,¬†The Girl You Left Behind. It’s been my shadow, growing and evolving from a dream-inspired scrawl in a notebook to a first draft, a second, a third, a fourth, and now, finally, into a finished product. ForContinue reading “The End”

2017 — Only the Good Stuff

A year is a big ol’ chunk of time. While 2017¬†easily wins the title of Worst Year of My Life So Far, these past twelve months have also been peppered with positives. Between the sobbing fits and long tearful walks and whole evenings spent pouring my heart out on Reddit, I did so much. IContinue reading “2017 — Only the Good Stuff”

Daily Mail First Crime Novel Competition 2017

I’m thrilled to announce I’ve been selected as a runner-up in this year’s Daily Mail First Crime Novel Competition for my psychological thriller THE GIRL YOU LEFT BEHIND! [Cue confetti, champagne, and a whole bakery of cake.] The novel, which is set over a single day, tells the story of a troubled young woman takenContinue reading “Daily Mail First Crime Novel Competition 2017”

Holiday Healing

Despite being a heartbroken wreck who cries all the time and sometimes can’t pluck up the courage to leave the house, I made myself a promise in my last post. A promise that I’d try to enjoy my upcoming family holiday as much as possible. That I’d smile. Wear bikinis. Eat too many desserts. AndContinue reading “Holiday Healing”

The Dangers of Imagination

In a way, my imagination and ability to daydream is a gift. It lets me think up complex stories, work out plots and characters and settings, and fills me with joy when I get lost in a wonderful vision for a minute, an hour, an afternoon. It makes me a great storyteller. But it’s notContinue reading “The Dangers of Imagination”

Pitch Wars: The Walking Wounded

  I fought in Pitch Wars 2015. And I lost. I mean, I got in. My name was on that list. I saw it at silly o’clock in the morning UK time, after feverishly refreshing my phone’s Twitter app in the darkness of my bedroom, and I thought, ‘This is when it all begins.’ I’dContinue reading “Pitch Wars: The Walking Wounded”