Book Review: The Writer’s Lexicon

A new tool for writers: The Writer’s Lexicon by Kathy Steinemann Blurb You’re a writer. You just read your manuscript and discovered your characters nodding like marionettes in every chapter. When they’re not nodding, they’re rolling their eyes. Oops. Time to slash the Pinocchio strings and turn them into real live people. Award-winning author Kathy […]

Writing a Book: Stages of Awesomeness

Writing a book is a lot of things. Fun and hard work. Terrifying and exhilarating. Time-consuming and all-absorbing. So if you are yet to take the plunge, or you are part way through the process, or you’ve just started the next book, don’t forget to make the most of these Stages of Awesomeness. They are […]

Interview: Meet Sophie Edwards – Cover Designer

As an indie author, you are more than a writer. You are responsible for writing, editing, publishing, marketing and all the different aspects that go into producing a book from start to finish. Most indie authors, myself included, don’t have the skills to do absolutely everything ourselves, and so we need to find professionals who […]

Strong Female Characters in Fantasy Books

Discussing gender and its attributes always seems to be a touchy subject. And yet, I still think it’s something we need to talk about. I’ve read a lot of books, and it’s clear that certain genders both write and are portrayed in particular ways in particular genres. A lot of fantasy books, particularly the older […]

The World of the Fae

​ Notes taken from the BristolCon 2016 panel ‘The F Word’.  Whatever happened to fairytales?  Today’s popular fairytales are very sanitised. Generic fairies roam the covers of children’s book. Disney gives everyone a happy ever after. In the UK, Enid Blyton has been responsible for numerous jolly little fairies, brownies and pixies with maybe a […]

Writing Through the Storm

This post was inspired by the BristolCon 2016 panel of the same name – with thanks to those authors who shared their personal experiences.  At some point in your life, difficult times will come. You may experience health problems, both physical and mental, illness or death of close friends and family, financial issues, or simply […]