Putting it off

Monday, 08 June 2015 by

Today I have to start to re-write the first quarter of The Uncomfortable Glass slipper, not my favourite job as an author. Although I’m much happier with the new plan and know it’s the right thing to do, I’m putting it off. Writing from scratch is much more exciting to me. So, instead of my revisions I’ve done three loads

I am well underway with writing Sabrina Summers’ Second Saga, and having great fun plotting things to do to the Beast and to Witchy Wu. I am being kept company by Cleo, who has taken over the best chair in my study, and Twinkle, who has made a nest from the brown paper that wrapped

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I was proud to be reviewed by Bob Docherty, who used to work for the New Zealand Library Service. He now visits schools and libraries and advises them about books their children would like to read. Check it out below. Bobs Books Blog Childrens and Young Adult Book Reviews by Bob Docherty The Uncooperative Flying

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A reader who is almost 13 recently asked me about the third word in “The Uncooperative Flying Carpet” which is “slanted”. I explained it meant that the rain came down in a slant because of the strong wind, but it started me thinking about extending readers by including words they haven’t come across before and

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Young Adult Fiction

Saturday, 07 March 2015 by

One of the things I truly love about writing for children and (soon) for young adults is being able to read what else is out there. I’m almost at the end of Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy, and although I want to know what happens, I also don’t what it to finish. It’s a terrific read

Having taught for some years, I am aware of the difficulties that dyslexic readers face and while I try to make my handouts accessible for my current creative writing students, including those who are dyslexic, I needed some up to date advice when it came to indie publishing. E-publishing was easy, as readers can change

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I’ve just been lucky enough to spend a week in the northern part of New Zealand’s beautiful South Island with my husband. We spent a night at Lochmara Lodge in Queen Charlotte Sound, which is stunningly beautiful, quirky and fascinating. You can only arrive by boat or by walking for some hours along the Queen

While I am waiting for the first Saga to come back from the wonderful editor Sarah Nisbet (http://www.inkshededitorial.com/) I have started plotting the middle saga of the Dralfynia trilogy. At the moment, I am at the “what would happen if …” or “what would this character do if …” stage, which is very exciting. I

I found this article from last March really interesting. I’m definitely going to start using it – as all indie authors know, building an on-line presence takes about a year but is absolutely vital if you are serious about making any kind of a living from your books. Click on the link below for great

Week three of my Introduction to Forensic Science course completed – phew! It covered Blood Pattern Analysis and DNA. Again, really interesting, but getting extremely technical this week. For a writer of crime fiction, the in depth details of the sections of DNA used to extract a genetic fingerprint and the methods used is great

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