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  I’m going to start by telling you all something I’m very proud of; I’m a panster.   I rarely plot a novel, I have a few images in my head and an end scene usually and that end scene in my head often drives the rest of the story. The sense of discovery and how it comes to that point. Sometimes it’s in reverse and I have an opening idea, a… Read More

The last time I fought I troll I did so quietly and with anonymity. Last night on Twitter that did NOT happen. Was it the glass of wine or the late hour on a Friday night or the nature of the attack? Nope, it was because this guy had nothing to spew but a generalized hatred of the world, its laser beam focused on me. Why? I invited him to. On this… Read More

When I set out on my self-publishing journey I knew that I’d need a good editor. I spoke to a friends, found a few people who might help, and sent them firstly my novella. The people I spoke to had varying degrees of warmth – all of them charging a reasonable rate but to me was half a fortune.   Editing is expensive because its work. In my case a LOT (but… Read More

  We’re living in a world with a lot of chaos and fighting.   Covid. The BLM movement. The art vs artists arguments.   The truths coming about from the traditionally publishing industry, agencies that have had staff walk out, the disparaging differences for advances to black authors, and most recently the NYT revelations. *deep breath*   All of these are confronting and difficult and we need to hear them.   So… Read More

Ugliness in the Publishing Industry   I’m angry. I’m furious. I’m at the end of my fucking rope. I’d like to say its about the BLM movement, and what’s happening in Australia and America is terrible. I’d like to say it’s the #Publishingpaidme tag and the disparagement between black authors and white authors is sickening. I’d like to say it’s the transphobic tweets from JK Rowling this morning but to be honest… Read More

I started writing a seriously in 2014 and consequently, self-published called the Last Prophecy Series. My reason remains sound; it was a twenty-one novella and book fantasy steampunk series. Not exactly a trendy topic, succinct series, or the kind of project that would be over in a few years. But I was determined and it remains to be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Getting an editor taught me a… Read More

In everything that’s going on at the moment I know some of you are more scared than you’ve ever been before.   There are a million things going on outside our control. Fear eats a hole in our stomachs as we twitch aside window curtains and wonder if just one more visit to the store will bring home a fatal virus.   We lived with our parents and grandparents dread of another… Read More

I wrote a book four year ago when a man told me that if I was writing I should write sex because it sells. The angry protagonist that came about from that one encounter was not about to put up with that sort of behaviour and I wrote an action fueled scifi romance in sixty days. But this romance wasn’t about a hero who comes in and makes demands, assumptions or uses… Read More

    Yep. I’m doing it.   I’ve had a Patreon page set up for over month now I haven’t launched. I have been planning it now for about a year. I didn’t do it because asking people to support me in my writing journey from a financial point of view felt crap.   But after spending a year doing nothing but give I’ve come to a point where I need to… Read More