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Writers Who Walk

Creativity, Well-being and Inspiration

I’m a walker who writes. In my childhood years, as one of five children, ‘I’m a walker’ wasn’t something you needed to explain. It was a given. We even had our own chant. ‘I left (start with left foot) my wife with forty-four children and don’t you think I was (skip) right, right, right. I…
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Virtual Book Club: Kendra Olson introduces The Forest King’s Daughter

Today, I’m delighted to welcome Kendra Olson to Virtual Book Club, my interview series which gives authors the opportunity to pitch their novels to your book club. Kendra is the author of the coming-of-age, historical, folk novel The Forest King’s Daughter. She enjoys writing historical and literary fiction as well as creative non-fiction. She also…
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Virtual Book Club: Cynthia Adina Kirkwood introduces Turn On, Tune Out

Today, I’m delighted to welcome Cynthia Adina Kirkwood to Virtual Book Club, my interview series which gives authors the opportunity to pitch their novels to your book club. Cynthia, born and raised in New York City, often acted as cultural translator for her parents, who had met there after emigrating from Belize, formerly British Honduras. …
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Virtual Book Club: Margarita Morris introduces the Scarborough Rock, Book 3 of her trilogy

Today, I’m delighted to welcome Margarita Morris back to Virtual Book Club, my interview series which gives authors the opportunity to pitch their novels to your book club. Margarita Morris is the author of five novels. Her bestselling Oranges for Christmas tells the story of a family trying to escape from communist East Berlin in…
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Virtual Book Club: Rohan Quine introduces The Beasts of Electra Drive

Today, I’m delighted to welcome Rohan Quine to Virtual Book Club, my interview series which gives authors the opportunity to pitch their novels to your book club. Rohan is an author of literary fiction with a touch of magical realism and a dusting of horror. He grew up in South London, spent a couple of…
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Virtual Bookclub: Ali Bacon introduces In The Blink of an Eye

Today, I’m delighted to welcome Ali Bacon to Virtual Book Club, my interview series which gives authors the opportunity to pitch their novels to your book club. After graduating from St Andrews University, Ali worked in Oxford’s Bodleian Library where she found a cache of famous Victorian photographs, sparking a life-long interest in early photographers….
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Smash all the Windows: the typesetting

The Making of a Book

We’re nearing the finish line. Now we turn to the book’s interior. What is it going to look like? And how will that add to (or detract from) the way that the reader experiences the book? From Wiki: Typesetting is the composition of text by means of arranging physical types or the digital equivalents. Stored…
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Smash all the Windows: the copy edit

The Making of a Book

This week we come to the copy edit. The structure is in place. The beta readers have had their say. It’s getting interesting.  I first approached John Hudspith when I was working on My Counterfeit Self because I felt that I needed to be challenged a little more. He steered my writing in subtle ways to…
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Smash all the Windows: the structural edit

The Making of a Book

In this week’s blog, I focus on the structural edit. It includes a contribution from my structural editor, Dan Holloway, the person Stephen Fry might have had in mind when he said, “We are not nouns, we are verbs.” “I am not a thing – an actor, a writer – I am a person who…
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