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Speech: The Joy of Giving an Author Talk – At Short Notice #amwriting

My neighbour came to the door last Sunday afternoon. Said she had a favour to ask. I thought she was going to ask me to look after her cat for a few days. But no, that wasn’t it. She is president of the local branch of the Scottish Women’s Institute (SWI) and the speaker lined… Continue reading Speech: The Joy of Giving an Author Talk – At Short Notice #amwriting

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The Genre Conundrum Part 3: Age and other issues in Romantic Fiction #amwriting

When I was looking for a literary agent and publisher for my first novel, Change of Life, nearly ten years ago, one of the rejection reasons I was given was the age of my main characters. I was told nobody wanted to read a romance where the prospective couple were in their late forties and… Continue reading The Genre Conundrum Part 3: Age and other issues in Romantic Fiction #amwriting

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The Genre Conundrum Part 2: Romantic Expectations #amwriting

  As I said in my last post I find the genre thing for novel classification rather tricky. As a writer, I don’t want to mislead prospective readers by getting the labelling wrong. But I also want to make sure my books appeal to and reach my target readership when they’re browsing the shelves in… Continue reading The Genre Conundrum Part 2: Romantic Expectations #amwriting

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The Genre Conundrum in Fiction: Categories and Keywords

Part 1 of 3 As the publication date for my next novel draws ever closer, my thoughts are now turning to how to ensure it catches the eye of prospective readers both online and in book shops. An attractive cover and an engaging back-cover summary will of course be essential – and by working with… Continue reading The Genre Conundrum in Fiction: Categories and Keywords

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Writing Fiction: The how, the what, and the why of what works for me

It’s all about the story…     When I start writing a novel, I’m not sure where the story is going to lead. But, as an author of both adult and children’s fiction, I do at least know which audience the novel is aimed at. Other than that, once the seed is planted, I wait to… Continue reading Writing Fiction: The how, the what, and the why of what works for me

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Themes: Not Just for Literary Fiction

  A Fictional Hierarchy     There seems to be a consensus which says that literary fiction is first and foremost about themes and that commercial fiction has character, plot and setting at the forefront. There also seems to be an apparent hierarchy to the above elements of fiction which places themes above the other three. And… Continue reading Themes: Not Just for Literary Fiction