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Fierce Mothers

Like many sane people, I am trying (with help from their father) to raise two feminists. And I mean feminist in the true sense of the word; raising children to believe that we are all equal, that we should all be treated equally. Nothing made me happier this Mother’s Day than to watch my six-year-old daughter… Continue reading Fierce Mothers

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What it’s like to have your book deal announced…

Suspense writer @RebeccaTinnelly will be joining the @HodderBooks family! Fab twisty debut NEVER GO THERE out 2018. https://t.co/MBqs5KldoG — Emily Kitchin (@EmilyKitchin) March 9, 2017 When the above announcement went out in BookBrunch and on Twitter, I was unprepared for exactly how I would feel. I had signed the contract a few weeks before, keeping… Continue reading What it’s like to have your book deal announced…

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Preludes and leaf buds…

I’m starting to get excited. Every time I see a new crocus peeking out of the grass I feel a flutter. So too for the leaf buds, the yellow daffodils, the local fields showing a shimmer of green growth above their dark soil. It’s starting, I think to myself. Soon it will be here in… Continue reading Preludes and leaf buds…

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Distraction versus Interruption

I have often referred to my desire for total silence and lack of distraction when I write. My use of the double-world-blocker of ear plugs beneath a set of noise-cancelling headphones normally does the trick at home. But, away from home, I find I need it far less. There is something about the gentle hum… Continue reading Distraction versus Interruption

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Cherry trees and train journeys…

Outside I can see a plastic watering can, child-size, lying in the middle of my lawn. My living room is cluttered with toys; a stuffed dragon beside me on the sofa, a selection of puzzles half in and half out of their boxes, a piece of white paper with a single orange felt-tip line stands… Continue reading Cherry trees and train journeys…

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Enjoy the view, enjoy the ride…

Life can be strange, the journey never quite as we expected, the road never as we envisaged. Yet, however hard to climb that hill is, no matter how fast we take those bends, there is always beauty to be found, always. I took my children to Bristol this weekend. After a dozen of her friends… Continue reading Enjoy the view, enjoy the ride…

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The beauty of book two…

There is something quite beautiful about writing a second novel, and that is the fact that it is your second. The very fact I have already written one book gives me the confidence that it is possible to do such a thing in the first place, it takes away the nerves of it being an… Continue reading The beauty of book two…

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When being a creep pays off…

I’m just back from a few days in London. I did the usually Londony things I like to do: museums, cinemas, revelling in the novelty of Starbucks (these don’t exist in deepest, darkest Somerset) But possibly the most enjoyable and valuable solo pursuit was people watching. And note taking. If you were in a Kensington… Continue reading When being a creep pays off…

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Looking back, looking forward…

I'm a tad excited. I had the pleasure, this week, of being interviewed by my good friend and mentor, Simon Hall, for a piece on summer schools for none other than Writing Magazine. This is exciting. Hugely so. Not only did Simon think of me when he needed a writer to interview (I kept thinking,… Continue reading Looking back, looking forward…

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When plans go awry…

In real life, I'm a big planner. I love a plan. I don’t mind if life doesn’t go according to that plan, or if said plan goes, at some point, skewwhiff. So long as there is, in place, a plan of some sort. Writing, on the other hand, is a whole different game. It wasn’t… Continue reading When plans go awry…