Vote Now!

Hello! The Read Freely book of the month public vote is still open, and with only 15 votes between first and fourth place it’s anybody’s game. If you’ve voted for Badlands already, thank you so much, however if you still want to lend your support to my dark Cornish thriller, there’s still time. Click onContinue reading “Vote Now!”

Badlands in the Badlands

Regular followers of my social media channels will know that I was back in the Badlands of North Cornwall for a couple of weeks earlier this month, and it seemed only fitting to take my book baby back to the area that inspired it. The Badlands was the nickname given to the area around St.Continue reading “Badlands in the Badlands”

Notes from a Writer’s Life #17

I read an article in a writer’s magazine recently that offered opposing viewpoints when it came to structure when writing. The article in question specifically examined the Save the Cat formula, which originated in screenwriting before being developed for novel writing. On one side of the argument, there was the view that formulas such asContinue reading “Notes from a Writer’s Life #17”

Notes from a Writer’s Life #16

Someone asked me yesterday how many drafts I do when writing a novel, and couldn’t quite believe it when I said that for Badlands I’d done twelve drafts in all, including three rounds between acceptance and publication. So for today’s post I thought I’d explore exactly what I do during each of these drafts. DraftContinue reading “Notes from a Writer’s Life #16”

Notes from a Writer’s Life #15

So was it worth it? That was the question on my mind as I started the read through of Bleak Waters draft two. Long time readers may recall that after writing draft one I realised I had told the story from the wrong point of view. At that point I had two choices. Ditch itContinue reading “Notes from a Writer’s Life #15”