Tag Archives: Writing

How (not) to name your minor characters…

I may be having problems with my current work-in-progress… Draft one was completed and polished a few months ago and went to my fabulous editor for the first edit. (Edit 1 is mainly about the plot, structure and character development) … Continue reading

Posted in books, My books, The Writing Life | Tagged , , , | 10 Comments

A visit from Cass Grafton

I first met Cass on social media, but given that we both live in – roughly speaking – the same area in lovely Switzerland, it wasn’t long before we met up in person. Since then, we’ve been meeting regularly to … Continue reading

Posted in Guest Posts, travel | Tagged , , , , ,

The ‘J’ books… #A-Z books 📚

This is an adaptation of something I saw on Twitter – people were posting 26 books in 26 days, each title beginning with a different letter of the alphabet. Don’t worry – I’m planning on taking around 26 months to … Continue reading

Posted in books, The Writing Life | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Writing Life: 5 things on my desk…

Around ninety-five per cent of my writing is done at my desk. It’s not a very tidy desk, but it’s at a window overlooking a wood, so the view is spectacular in all seasons. On the photo, taken from my … Continue reading

Posted in Life in Switzerland, The Writing Life | Tagged , , | 10 Comments

Coming soon – book nine. 📘 And two goodbyes…

Who was it said that writing a book is a marathon and not a sprint? Two or three years ago, an idea started jogging around in my head. A couple of news stories had been hitting the headlines, about people … Continue reading

Posted in books, Life in Switzerland, My books, The Writing Life | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Technology (or not) for writers…

I’m not what you’d call technologically gifted. In fact, I’d probably have been a lot happier writing books back in the days when you did it with a quill and inky fingers. That being impractical nowadays, I’ve had to get … Continue reading

Posted in Life in Switzerland, The Writing Life | Tagged , | 5 Comments

NaNoWriMo ups and downs (and two freebies)…

It started with a dream – something was buried in a garden… The idea swirled around in my head for a few days, becoming ever more detailed, so I noted it down. The note grew longer, and within a week … Continue reading

Posted in books, The Writing Life | Tagged , , , | 4 Comments

The last of summer…

Summer is definitely over. Down on the lake bank yesterday morning, I saw the trees are turning, and in spite of the beautiful sunshine, there was a bite in the air. Time to coorie in for autumn… But before we … Continue reading

Posted in books, Life in Switzerland, My books, The Writing Life | Tagged , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Pictures of a book… Stolen Sister

I’ve been holed up in my writing cave for many weeks now, getting the first draft of what will hopefully be book nine down – and yesterday, I typed THE END. (That’s my excuse for the lack of regular blog … Continue reading

Posted in books, My books, The Writing Life, travel | Tagged , , , , , | 17 Comments

The week the snow came…

At 430m above sea, my home here in the north-east is in one of the lowest areas in Switzerland. In winter, it regularly happens that while everywhere else is being sprinkled with scenic whiteness from above, we get rain. And … Continue reading

Posted in books, Life in Switzerland, My books, The Writing Life | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment