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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, […]

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 […]

Ratchet up the Suspense – Annie Seaton

Hi everyone! Today I am handing the reins over to a fellow writer and all round amazing person – Annie Seaton. Annie has written over 20 novels, is both traditionally and indie published, and brings a wealth of knowledge about the craft of writing. Today, she explains a little about creating tension and suspense, and how […]

Update: The Quiet One

It’s been a wonderfully hectic few weeks. I’ve been working to get my novel, The Quiet One, organised for publication on 31 March 2016. Squee! I’m so excited to finally have one of my works out in the public eye! I decided to self-publish my contemporary romance novel series, and pitch my historical novel to […]

Loving Louise

This is just a little taster for you of the world of provincial pre-revolutionary France, where my upcoming novel, The Hidden Duchess is set. 3900 words Louise sighed, irritated with herself. She had just daydreamed away a good half an hour – thinking about Francois again, of course.  The always-present-but-completely-unattainable Francois. She pulled her puckering […]

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