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In-Joke

My sister, Alice, came to stay recently and we had a ball. The joy of close friends and family, or even better family who double up as close friends, is the frequency in laughter, the sheer joy of their company. All Alice and I have to do at the moment is tell each other, as… Continue reading In-Joke

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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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Character Crush

I am starting to annoy myself. Not a rarity, by any means, but I'm annoying myself in a whole new way at the moment. You know those kids who go on a gap year and for the next decade of their lives start all their conversations with “On my gap year…” I have a similar… Continue reading Character Crush

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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 hunt is on…

I have an odd problem. A mouse has moved into my car. Yesterday, in an effort to get rid of said mouse, I spent a good portion of my afternoon cleaning my car, vacuuming, taking out all the detritus that had built up since I last cleaned it, which was, let’s be honest here, a… Continue reading The hunt is on…

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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…