The Girl on the Train ~ Review

“She’s buried beneath a silver birch tree, down towards the old train tracks…”    The Girl on the Train is a Thriller/Mystery set in modern-day London and its surrounding area. It’s a story about… Continue reading

Procrastination Nation

The momentum on the second novel is nowhere near the first… I banged out the first one in about six months, and I can already tell this one is gonna take longer… I… Continue reading

Hiding in Fiction

Originally posted on BookNotes and FootMarks:
People have a habit of identifying the author with the narrator, and you can’t, obviously, be all of the narrators in all of your books, or else…

Things I Wish I’d Known Before I Started Writing: Part I

Originally posted on C.B. Wentworth:
1. It doesn’t have to be perfect. This is especially true for the first draft. So many poems, novels, and short stories go unfinished because of backtracking…

Stationery Love

This post is inspired by MarinaSofia’s lovely post on stationery and writing tools. The blinking cursor can be a cruel and most unusual tormentor for writers. It’s bad enough staring at an empty… Continue reading

The Lagoon ~ Short Story Finalist

‘Such a pretty girl. You’ve always wanted to be like Mummy, haven’t you?’ It’s her daddy’s voice. Muffled, indistinct, but unmistakably his. It’s the flat drone that curdles her insides. Those are his… Continue reading

(Not Really) Gone Girl

Originally posted on BookNotes and FootMarks:
I read Gone Girl a year ago this month and saw the film last week, but it was last night, while brushing my teeth, that I realized…

Fear of the SEND

It’s hard to explain the stomach-curdling anxiety that comes with letting go of something you’ve written. These are words and lines that you’ve agonized over, drafting and redrafting, discarding then putting back. There’s… Continue reading

What Are You Reading?

Today is National Readathon Day, a glorious four-hour period (noon-4pm) devoted to reading.     I’m working through The Goldfinch, which I picked up a couple of days ago. This novel is by Donna… Continue reading

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual 2015

T’is a happy day indeed! My copy of Aesthetica Magazine‘s Creative Writing Annual 2015 arrived in the mail, featuring a short story by yours truly!   The book is a beauty, very portable… Continue reading

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