• Writing

    Blowing the dust off the blog…

    Hello, it is I! You may have forgotten me as my last blog post was October… 2017. And my last novel was released in June 2018. But now I’m back, and have I got neeeeews for you! I have not one but two new releases to tell you all about. Firstly, coming soon, Greengage Holiday Cheer. As you may have guessed from the title, this novella follows on from Greengage Plots and is set around the holiday season. Some of you may have read it before when it was included in the Winter Hearts box set, but it has now been re-edited to bridge the two novels in the Greengage…

  • Guest Blog,  Writing

    I Heart Lesfic Guest Post: Is romance what lesfic is all about?

    Hello there, reader. What’s that you’ve got there? Ah, a lesfic book. Great! Thank you for supporting our community. May I ask if it by any chance is in the romance category? If so, good choice. You are guaranteed a lovely, warm, life-affirming reading experience. A chance to relax from all the stress, sadness and grim reality of everyday life. In short, you’ve bought yourself a dose of reality escape laced with the heart-tingle of romance. Perfect! But… when you bought it, did you ever consider buying a book that wasn’t romance? What we call a “genre book” meaning crime, sci-fi, fantasy, historical, horror, etc. No? Then you’re not alone.…

  • Guest Blog,  Writing

    I Heart Lesfic Guest Post: Online relationships and dating

    Love at first sight. That is what everyone wants, right? But how does that work online? On a dating site you can see someone’s picture, sure, but what if you meet your partner somewhere online where there is no picture? Well, I can tell you what that’s like because that’s what I did eight years ago with my wife. And in previous long term relationships, too. When you meet someone online on a forum or in a chat for a shared interest, it’s possible that you won’t have a clue what they look like. Can you still fall in love? Yes. You fall in love with their way of interacting…

  • Writing

    The necessary patience of a writer

    If someone asked me what I thought was the main thing a writer needs, I’d firstly ask what sort of writer. If they’re using writing as a hobby or as a secondary income, I’d say discipline or determination. For those of us who crazily try to make it our main source of income, however – I’d say patience. That and believing that you have a chance even though everyone tells you it is an impossible dream. Even when the bills pile up and that income seems far away – you must have faith and you have to be patient. Writing is a long, dragged out process. Let me paint you…

  • Writing

    Writer’s envy

    “Man, I wish I wrote that!” What writer hasn’t thought that. In fact, what reader hasn’t thought that at some point? Be it a fanfic, a book, a play, movie or the lyrics of a song – we all have experienced that feeling of finding something that felt so brilliant to us that we desperately wished our brains could have created it. In short, we are hit by writer’s envy. (Or writer’s jealousy or writer’s admiration as the case may be.) It could be that someone thought of a clever idea before you, or that someone has a way with words that you admire or perhaps they just managed to…