Ace Club, lower your lashes: RIP Louise Rennison

Today I am wearing my boy entrancers at half mast. I debated shaving my eyebrows off but I have school visits to do and I don’t want to frighten the children. Something had to be done though, for yesterday, the lightiest of lights went out.

Where Do Writers Get Their Ideas From?

Writers are asked this ALL the time. And the truth is, ideas come from everywhere, you just have to be receptive to them. Listen to conversations for the hidden under tones, read newspaper articles with a writer’s eye – ask: “What if?” at every possible situation. I find trying to force ideas quite hard but…

What’s it like? After Your book Launch.

It’s been three weeks since More of Me was launched and I am well aware my attention to this blog has been SCANT.  I am ashamed but I also have no idea where to start in sharing what it’s been like. It’s been crazy. So I’m taking a little writerly advice and am “showing not telling”  everything…

What’s it like? 2 Days To Launch Day

I have tried to write a sensible “week before launch day” post. Honestly I have tried . The thing is, I AM TOO EXCITED TO EVEN SIT STILL On Monday very many of my friends and family will be joining myself and Usborne  to celebrate the launch of More of Me in London. That is genuinely enough…

What’s it Like? Things you don’t know before you’re published.

Here are a few unknown unknowns – things you need to do as a published author that you never even guessed at: Blog posts, heaps of them , which is GREAT, because I am a massive chatterbox and they allow me to chatter. I’m blogging at Notes from the Slushpile ,  YAshelfies,  and on all sorts of…

Happy Christmas Paula Houldin!

Let me explain…. In April 2015  a catastrophic earthquake hit Nepal. It killed over 9000 people and injured 23000. We watched the news in horror but I was also filled with gratitude because my daughter had spent the previous summer working at a school in Kathmandu and she was home, safe, with me. I wanted to do something…

Would you be Six Again? Transgender Stefonknee Would.

Stefonknee Wolschtt  has chosen to live his life as a six year old girl. If you’re interested in why, you can read more about it here. Hands up here, I have no problem supporting anyone who feels they are in the wrong body and needs to address that, or those who prefer to dress in clothes…

How the SCBWI Conference Blew My Mind

  Every year I think this year’s conference has been the best ever but this year, it really might have been. Was it just me or did we fill Winchester with enough warmth and creativity to power a small ship? And what about it really blew my mind? Was it our fantastic, if bonkers, keynote speakers…

What’s it Like…the day your book cover is revealed?

This is just a brief post through a blur of happy tears, and it’s aimed at you, those people reading my blog who have been climbing the same mountain of drafts and redrafts and rejections and workshops and  how-to books and support groups and critique sessions and are thinking I’ll never make it.  I know…

Capturing Your Voice

Voice. It’s a slippery devil – I’ve been talking about how to capture it on Notes From The Slushpile