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Squee!! New Covers!!

I’ve recently been doing a little bit of title-and-cover updating for my Perth Girls series. While I liked my titles and covers, I wasn’t sure they properly conveyed the intent of the series, that it was a romance series, and that it was about individual relationships. I also updated blurbs and meta-data, so that searching […]

A Labour of Love

Whoever it was who said writing a romance novel is easy needs to spend a week in my shoes. I am around 5000 words (two writing days) away from penning the final words in The Defiant One – the second book in my Perth Girls series. Its been a mission. I’ve had to dig deep, […]

Each one of you is a Little Piece of Me…

They say you put a little piece of yourself into every story you write. With my Perth Girls series, each of the three heroines definitely got a piece of me, or should I say, I gave them a piece.   They are my ‘write what you know’ stories, so it made sense to give those […]

How Changing Perspective can Improve Your Story

While editing the manuscript for Hidden Duchess, I’ve made the conscious decision to change a couple of chapters from one character’s perspective to another. Today, I’m explaining why I would go to all that trouble – and why writers should be looking at their stories from different angles, to give their readers the very best experience […]

Curveballs Aplenty – Lowest of Lows to the Highest of Highs

This past two weeks has got to have been one of the most emotionally topsy-turvy of my life. First of all, we took the heart-wrenching decision to cut our losses, and sell our house to cover all of our debts. There is something so tragic about working so hard to accomplish something so big, and then […]

How much research is too much research?

Amongst my novels in progress is my nearly-twenty-year-old manuscript called The Hidden Duchess. It’s set in the time leading up to the French Revolution (1788-1789) and follows the fortunes of a Duchess who is wrongly accused of murdering her husband, and who is forced into hiding amongst the peasant classes far away from her beloved Paris. […]

Post-Draft Plotting for the Plotter

Plotter or pantser? It’s a question we writers ask each other a lot – are you a plotter, that is, do you know the details and progression of your story before you write it? Are all your duckies in a row before you even write a single word? Or are you a pantser – writing by […]

A Letter from Desiree

Hi everyone! Desiree insisted that I let her post an open letter to you all today. And if you know Desiree at all, you’ll know she isn’t someone to cross, unless you want to catch the harsh side of her tongue. I’m happy not to do that, so without further ado, I’d like to introduce […]

Shouldn’t this be the most romantic day of the year?

As a writer and more particularly a romance writer, you would think that I would be surrounded by all things Valentine today. After all, my favorite things are chocolates, roses, kisses and… well, you know… 😉 Sadly, my partner is one of those who doesn’t really express his love via gifts.  I get plenty of […]

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