Monday morning, the sun is shining, life is good. Why then am I feeling so angry and frustrated? I suppose the short answer is people. The long answer is that I am saddened and hurt by internet bullying, not towards me, but towards others who are more vulnerable than I am. My hometown of … More Let’s Bring Compassion Back in Fashion
What is it really like living in South America? The following is the truth about life in Ecuador, from a little British woman’s point of view. I am coming to the end of my second year here (the first was 2009/10) and, as with when anything draws to a close, I feel as though this is a … More The Truth About Living in South America
This article by The Book Nook discusses the power of the opening sentence, quoting Stephen King as declaring that ‘an opening line should invite the reader to begin the story… it should say: Listen. Come in here. You want to know about this.’ I can’t help but agree. When I wrote The Fire Fox and … More Most Powerful Opening Lines
The use of colloquial language in fiction doesn’t sit well with many. I have heard it described as pretentious, tiring, and too much like hard work but I have to say I disagree. From a young age many of my favourite books were written in a strong dialect and I loved it. … More Colloquial Language in Literature: Love it or Loathe it?
I don’t have a dad but I’ve experienced many over the years through reading and now have had the joy of creating my own in my novel. Happy Father’s Day to all you wonderful dad’s out there!
This blog isn’t intended to critique other people’s work or be a review style site at all, but being here in Ecuador I’ve had the good fortune to have lots of time to read (I know, I’m so lucky). I have put together a list of the top ten books I’ve read in the last … More Summer Reads 2015
The way we perceive ourselves is a peculiar thing. As a child I had high hopes and wild dreams for what I would be when I grew up but as the years passed by those hopes and dreams faded like a hop scotch court drawn in chalk on the pavement. I no longer knew what … More Who Do You Think You Are?