Killing Me Softly Cover is up

My Killing Me Softly cover is up on the Destiny Romance website http://www.destinyromance.com/products/9781743482612/killing-me-softly-destiny-romance. I’m thrilled with it. It evokes the feel of the book. I hope everyone else loves it as much as I do.

What’s in a name?

What’s in a name? Apparently heaps. A swimming teacher I work with said to me the other day because of multiple negative experiences with boys called Jackson, and girls called Brittany, she couldn’t help but roll her eyes whenever she had a new kid to teach who had one of those names and think, ‘what hell are these ones going … Read More

I got ‘The Call’!

I was at home with my son – he was sick and home from school – on Friday 15th March. I would normally have been at work and so really wasn’t expecting to hear from anyone – because all my family and friends would know not to call me at home. But the phone rang. It was the lovely Sarah … Read More

Epiphany – Or: when you suddenly realise what you’ve been doing wrong.

I had an epiphany last year – thanks to attending a workshop with Michael Hauge and I want to share it with you. The epiphany I got from the Michael Hauge workshop had to do with conflict. Conflict, both external (in a romance novel, this is what is pushing your hero and heroine together) and internal (the thing that keeps … Read More

Write what you love – or not?

Last weekend I went to the Penguin Writing for Commercial Fiction Workshop. It was a great workshop desiged for those who write commercial fiction and if they run another one, I would highly suggest anyone writing commercial fiction should go. The fabulous Anne Gracie and Fiona McIntosh were speakers and kept us all enthralled with how they came to be … Read More

Are we there yet?

This is a question I constantly ask myself – Are we there yet? It’s a question kids annoy their parents with on long (or sometimes short, but they feel long) car trips. It is a question that makes said car trips even longer – an endurance test that most parents only survive by gritting their teeth and trying hard not … Read More

It’s true what they say – practice makes perfect

In my other life, I’m a swimming teacher. The thing that often frustrates and bemuses me and my fellow swim teachers is that parents will come to us and say that they don’t think their child is progressing very fast. The conversation goes something like this: “My child, little Ben, isn’t progressing very fast.” “Well, he is progressing, but just … Read More

Writers: a writer’s best friend.

Right now, I’m in the grips of Submission Lag. Never heard of Submission Lag? It’s a real thing. I’ve done research on it (well, I’ve asked my writing friends if they go through the same thing – and they do! I’ve also read about it – other authors call it different things – on other writer’s websites.) Submission Lag is … Read More

Synopsis Writing – writer’s hell or writer’s help?

At the recent Romance Writers of Australia Conference held on the Gold Coast, Belinda Byrne from Penguin was asked what she thought of a synopsis – were they important in the general scheme of things and does she even read them? Her answer to both questions was yes. There was general grumbling and I completely understand why, particularly as you … Read More