It was Mother’s day here yesterday and fresh from being celebrated by my three monkeys I thought I might share my favourite literary mums. I wouldn’t say I go out of my way to read books with motherly characters in them - in fact, I read a lot of fantasy and historical fiction and unless … Continue reading My favourite literary mums
The other day I was driving through a slush storm having just dropped my kids off at their ballet lessons. The temperature was yo-yoing just around freezing and the sky was dark grey—a heavy mass of clouds that couldn't make up their minds if they wanted to pelt us with rain or bury us in … Continue reading When are you at your most creative?
Yikes, we’re already in February 2022! 😱 December and January have flown by in the blink of an eye and I can pretty much summarise my life in those two months with one word - Chaos! Ballet performances with costumes to sew, Christmas prep, Home schooling and a third round of lockdown here in Norway, … Continue reading It has begun…!
Have you ever fallen hopelessly in love with a literary pet and wished they were yours? I have! Countless times! Why? Because, I've always loved animals, of all kinds. Cats top the list though for me. Yes, I am the crazy cat-lady! I have 4 cats - Harry, Nymeria Nymphadora, Brave and Oreo. The first … Continue reading The Puuuuuuuurfect literary Pet
They say a writer should write what they know. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard someone say this and it seems to be the most common piece of advice offered to all aspiring writers. But what does it mean? And does it help you become a better writer? For a long time, … Continue reading Do you see what I see?
What's in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet;Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare's famous line from Romeo & Juliet should by all accounts be a golden rule of thumb - and far be it from me to argue with the master! However, I find myself wondering … Continue reading A rose, by any other name…
This NaNoWriMo I have set myself the goal of outlining and plotting the series of middle-grade fantasy books I plan on writing. To achieve this goal I have decided to use a method created by Randy Ingermanson called the Snowflake Method. Disclaimer: I am not an expert!🤫 I first came across the Snowflake Method a … Continue reading The Snowflake Method
Ok... we've officially reached the 1st of November! My initial response this morning, was a whiplash headspin-esque freakout. Where has the year gone??? It was summertime barely 5 minutes ago and between the kids starting school, birthday's, half-term, a bout of pneumonia and Halloween, we've bypassed Autumn and arrived at the "don't panic, but it's … Continue reading NaNoWriMo… here I come!
As a fledgling author, I'm still trying to find my feet and figure out what works for me. There's a lot to take in. Luckily, I found some writing theory classes a while back that have been a great help. Over the past month, I've predominantly focused on worldbuilding, outlining and research. Worldbuilding, because it … Continue reading Travelling back in time…
When you're planning on writing a book series set in the real world with a rich historical backdrop - research is essential if you want to lend your work an air of authenticity and accuracy! I have both fiction and non-fiction books that cover different aspects of the real world my story will be set … Continue reading Research trip… here I come!