DAY 12 GIVEAWAY: Editing your thoughts #amwriting #writerslife

It’s the final post in the giveaway, so today I’ll let you in on one of the biggest secrets in the writing business. It’s something authors don’t often talk about… The amount of times we go over a manuscript. For me, the first draft is written in a heady mix of euphoria at this amazing…

DAY 11 GIVEAWAY: A glimpse of the future #amwriting #writerslife

After a summer of being dislocated writing-wise, things have been clicking into place nicely in recent weeks. The creation of my new psychological thriller feels really comfortable, everything about it seems ‘right’, and it’s throwing up some wonderful little surprises as I’m going along. It’s exhilarating and liberating. I’m so excited about this one, which…

DAY 9 GIVEAWAY The best Christmas crime books #BookReview

There are lots of lovely, warm, fuzzy books out there to give people the feel-good Christmas factor…but what if you fancy something a little darker for your festive season? Here’s my round up of the best seasonal crime and psychological thrillers! THE DEATHS OF DECEMBER, Susi Holliday THEY SAY It looks like a regular advent…

DAY 8 GIVEAWAY Books that have changed my life #amreading #writerslife

When I look back on my life, scattered through it are books that have been there at key turning points. They’ve changed my thinking, ignited lifelong passions, and even influenced my career. So here are some of the many books that have changed my life… CHILDHOOD The Children of Cherry Tree Farm, Enid Blyton This…

DAY 7 GIVEAWAY plus #bookreview THE CRIMEWRITER’S CASEBOOK by @gibconsultancy

‘The perfect place to start your research’ Review: THE CRIMEWRITER’S CASEBOOK, Stephen Wade & Stuart Gibbon THEY SAY For anyone interested in writing or reading crime, whether historical or modern day, this book is an essential reference companion. In addition to detailed information on police and criminal procedures, the book features true crime case studies…

Letter to myself 5 years ago

If you could go back in time, say five years, and give yourself advice, what would you say? What edge would the knowledge of foresight give you? What words of comfort would you give? This is the intriguing idea Linda, of Linda’s Book Bag, planted when she asked me to write a letter to myself…