So the title is somewhat exaggerated. I don’t really throw books across the room, but when faced with any of the below, I most certainly close them with disgust. As nearly every fiction writer, I’m a reader first. And in my reading journey, I’ve come across many lapses of writerly/editorial judgement. Many forgivable. Most forgettable. … Continue reading The top three things which cause me to throw a book across the room
Exciting days are a-coming! I’m really excited to announce that this year I have two Slavic-folklore-inspired Fantasy novels coming out! Something for everyone: one for adults, one for children. The first one, THE STORM CHILD, is the continuation of Mara’s journey from The Wind Child. The sequel (and the last part of the duology) comes … Continue reading 2023 DOUBLE BOOK NEWS!
Announcement time! I’m beyond excited to finally be able to say it: my book will be a real thing. A real papery thing! With a pretty, pretty cover, a fabulous editor and a wonderful marketing team behind it and a lot of other things commonly associated with published novels! The fabulous Eleanor Teasdale from Angry … Continue reading BOOK DEAL NEWS!
Super excited to announce I have signed with John Baker from the well-regarded Bell Lomax Moreton Agency! John found my Twitter pitch during last September’s PitMad event on Twitter (SO worth participating if you’re seeking representation). Having someone so tremendously enthusiastic and knowledgeable in my corner makes all the difference. It’s tremendously important to have … Continue reading Agent Representation Announcement!
From the series of “random thoughts I can’t shake off”, I got to thinking about how a highly socialised animal like a human function, were their brain/body unable to feel fear. Partially the question was inspired by a short story “Shudder” by Daniel Morden’s upcoming collection “Strange Tales”. In most of the animal kingdom, the … Continue reading Life with no fear?
I have recently realised that pretty much all the books I’ve written begin in the Autumn.
I have always found the concept of AI being programmed to produce art icky. Whether it’s for writing, painting or music composition. Not because I don’t believe computers will ever be able to produce something as good as humans do: I am not as naive as that.
New book deal announcement! My first middle grade (children’s) book, The Wind Child, is coming out from UCLan Publishing in February 2022! It’s a Slavic-folklore-inspired novel about how far you would go and what you’d be willing to sacrifice to save someone you love… It follows young Mara, the granddaughter of Stribog, the God of … Continue reading THE WIND CHILD Sold To UCLan! – COMING FEBRUARY 2022
I THINK THIS IS MY NEW VOLUME BECAUSE THE SECOND BELL IS OUT AND I’M A PUBLISHED AUTHOR! This is a quick post to let you all know that my Slavic-mythology-inspired fantasy about a striga and her mother is out in the world! It’s available in all the formats, including audio, narrated by the very … Continue reading THE SECOND BELL IS OUT!
So in the last few weeks I’ve been cooking up something very exciting with my fellow Angry Robot author, Caroline Hardaker (Whose intimate dystopian tale, Composite Creatures, comes out in April 2021)! We have put together a mini-series of YouTube videos called Bookish Take, where we chat about our writing journey, from the initial idea, … Continue reading BOOKISH TAKE launching on YouTube on 1st of March!
I thought what better way to celebrate the death of the awful 2020 but by celebrating the art that makes it all a bit more bearable? So here are some of my most anticipated reads of 2021, in no particular order, if you’re wondering what this author likes to read in her spare time! I … Continue reading My most anticipated books of 2021!
A friend sent me a link to this yesterday! My debut, The Second Bell, coming out in March 2021 from Angry Robot, has been listed as one of SFF180’s 31 most anticipated Fantasy novels of 2021! I’m so incredibly chuffed and grateful to be listed alongside Tasha Suri’s The Jasmine Throne (whose books, Empire of … Continue reading THE SECOND BELL named one of SFF180’s 31 most anticipated 2021 Fantasy novels!