Uplift yourself

There's no such genre as uplift, just as there isn't one called griplit, which is applied to thrillers, it's just marketing jargon used to encourage readers to jump on your book. However, it's at the back of my mind when I write that my books progress to an endpoint that…

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The evolution of a book…

... or how it didn't turn out quite how I expected it to. When writing the first draft of The Women of Heachley Hall (codenamed: a year and a day), I had a good idea where I wanted to end up. The writing unfolded naturally to that conclusion and my…

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Sh – don’t tell anyone!

The biggest challenge I face in publishing The Women of Heachley Hall is keeping quiet. When you want to sell your book, have it read by countless millions (or realistically a few thousand!), then they want to know what they're getting, don't they? When I sought feedback on the draft…

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