Tag Archive: writing

The Amazing App

I haven’t been up to much lately. Maybe due to the weather. We’re in Cambridge right now – one day bright and freezing, the next day mild and wet. Both of which induce me to… Continue reading

Merci, Mayotte Hebdo!

It was a fairly quiet week in Mayotte. No strikes, riots or barricades, no visiting French politicians promising to stop the flow of boat people from Comoros, not even a luxury cruise ship… Continue reading

ARC request

A recent post, How It Could Work, by Atthys Gage on Writers’ Co-op describes a five-step approach to promoting the book you’ve just written. That being the case with Perfume Island, I’m on step… Continue reading

Flics and Flicks

‘And the police?’ asked Antoine. ‘Who’s in charge? We’re deep in gendarme territory here.’ To someone not French, that might seem a little opaque. Gendarme territory? What’s that? Well, actually, it’s simple: in… Continue reading

Zapping the typo

If you’ve written a book, a good tip, which I generally ignore, is to read it backwards. After all, readers can be strange, so it’s not a bad idea to check that it’s just… Continue reading

Y is for ylang-ylang

Number 25 in The A to Z of the Writer’s Affliction, part of the A to Z blogging challenge. I’m hardly an expert in perfume, but I fully understand why the ylang-ylang is… Continue reading

U is for Umpteen

Number 21 in The A to Z of the Writer’s Affliction, part of the A to Z blogging challenge. Umpteen. That’s the number of revisions, drafts, deletions and tweaks before you finally decide… Continue reading

K is for Kafka and Kate

Yesterday, in J is for James and Julian, I revealed the names of two of my favourite authors, and today you get a third: Kate Atkinson. I won’t say much about her, though,… Continue reading

I is for Immediate

Number 9 in The A to Z of the Writer’s Affliction, part of the A to Z blogging challenge. Tidy the desk? Make a cup of coffee? Check my emails? How many of… Continue reading

H is for Hello

Number 8 in The A to Z of the Writer’s Affliction, part of the A to Z blogging challenge. No affliction today, but flash fiction. A couple in fact, transposed from my previous… Continue reading