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  • My Writing,  Personal

    How writer’s block finally caught up with me and how I (hopefully) overcame it

    Let me start by saying that I’ve written seventeen novels in under four years. I’m a full-time author with no other source of income so that shouldn’t really be a surprise. Writing is my job. And, like so many other jobs, I do it every single day. Accountants don’t hope to file some corporate accounts, hit the big time, and retire. Tree surgeons don’t expect to fell an enormous diseased oak and then buy a yacht and soak up rays in the costa del somewhere. Neither should authors. Because the…

  • Personal,  Publishing

    Sapphic Authors Paying It Forward

    As I mentioned a couple of days ago, I’ve had to make the decision to not travel to the GCLS Conference later in the year. However, in the spirit of community, I wanted to do something with the funds I would have spent on getting to GCLS (airfare, hotels, conference costs). I banded together with my wife Emma Sterner-Radley, and two fantastic independent authors, Claire Highton-Stevenson and Melissa Tereze to create a fund specifically for helping sapphic authors who are struggling because of the current Coronavirus crisis. This morning I…

  • Personal

    Be a Bad Girl and mark off your lockdown days (without damaging your wall!)

    Well, this is it. We’ve all been locked up. Too many second homers in Norfolk, or teenagers gathering in parks. Jerk CEOs who think people being able to buy cheap tracksuit bottoms is essential, and people who still don’t understand the importance of social distancing. It’s not a surprise that Boris Johnson finally had to lockdown the UK. So, I’m declaring it. Staying in is the new going out. And if you want to be a cool kid, and let’s be honest we all do, you’ll need this season’s latest…

  • Personal

    Scary times and one or two things that might make you feel a little better

    It’s scary isn’t it? Of course, I’m referring to Coronavirus… or COVID-19 as it’s more formally known. It seems to be the only thing people are talking about of late. And it’s not surprising considering some of the horror stories we’re hearing. I jokingly referred to the news as the Coronavirus Show a couple of weeks ago and nothing has changed. In fact, it’s recently been renewed for its twelfth season. No matter where you look, it’s wall-to-wall COVID-19. Wall-to-wall depression and fear. Now, unlike some of your Facebook friends……

  • Personal

    How my local supermarket reminded me of an apparently important date

    I went to the supermarket yesterday afternoon, I like going around 3 o’clock because most of the mums are picking up their kids, the older people have done their shopping hours ago, and most office workers are still chained to a desk. I was surprised to see it fairly busy. With men. Confused looking men, often clutching a bunch of flowers. And then it dawned on me. Valentine’s Day. Out of the woodwork had come all the men who have one job a year, buy some flowers, maybe some chocolates,…

  • Personal

    Planes, trains, and aut… hotels! Preparing for an epic year of WLW fiction events

    Having just returned from my three week holiday in sunny Florida my first thought was obviously to… book more travel! Not because I am home in the middle of a storm and miserable at the low temperatures and lack of sunlight but because 2020 is looking like a fabulous year for WLW literary events and it’s time to get organised. I kicked off the year by (briefly) attending the Gulfport ReadOut which is in its third year. By happy chance, I just happened to be in Florida at the same…