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One-Star Company

One of the most daunting parts of publication is the wait for reviews. As with all greatly anticipated events in my life, I found the hardest part to bear was the anticipation itself. Knowing people were reading the novel I had spent four years pouring my soul into was like waiting outside the headmaster’s office… Continue reading One-Star Company

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Facing up to my procrastination

I have started and abandoned this blog four times so far, each entry not seeming quite right, quite honest enough. I could feel something growing beneath my breastbone, some truth I couldn’t quite wheedle out of myself (I am painfully aware, as I write that, how awfully pretentious that sounds) and it took that many… Continue reading Facing up to my procrastination

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Never go…back

I have just sent an email to my editor at Hodder, Emily Kitchin. Attached to the email was my completed, copyedited manuscript. In other words, I have just sent back what should be the final edit. The book is, theoretically, done. Last night, as soon as I made the last tweak to the MS and… Continue reading Never go…back

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Forgive me, reader, for my many sins.

Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest: they’re all littered with a particular kind of message that never fails to turn me cold. The kind that is no doubt designed to be read aloud in a boasty sneer and declares: “Those who can’t tell they’re from their from there are disgraceful failures and should be shot.” If these were… Continue reading Forgive me, reader, for my many sins.

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A good time to write again

I haven't written here for a while; the whole summer in fact. My silence was due to a variety of reasons; not least because every spare minute I did have I have spent working on my novel. This, however, is a very good time to begin blogging again. You see, today marked an exciting* day.… Continue reading A good time to write again

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Oh, the places you’ll…write

Oh, the places you’ll go. I’ve been in Banbury this weekend, a quiet trip away to work and visit my mum. Embracing the cliché, I decided to write in cafes. The benefit of writing in a café away from home is that I can enjoy all of the normal writing in a café experience without… Continue reading Oh, the places you’ll…write

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The Wobbles

As a writer, I spend my time making stuff up, writing it down and sending it off. I don’t spend very long looking inward, but rather looking outward, examining what I see and not who I am or, even, who I want to be. I have had, what I would describe, as a wobbly week. The reason… Continue reading The Wobbles

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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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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…