Month: October 2012

A little bit of magic!

If you’ve ever walked up a steep hill, or climbed a mountain, or run a marathon, or triumphed over seemingly impossible odds, you’ll know about the moment. It’s hard to define, but it’s a silent sense of wonder and awe and relief and inner joy all rolled into one. My mountain, which became a steep …

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The return of Sparkle Puss

Stella Benson is a fellow writer, based in Cornwall. Unlike me, she’s also a talented artist who has worked on many prestigious animated films including ‘The Snowman & The Snowdog’ a sequel to the ‘The Snowman’, to be screened on Channel 4 this Christmas. In 2011 Stella combined her love of storytelling, illustration and design …

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Mondays with Monika – 2

If you’re new to these Monday posts, pull up a pew. I’m chatting with Monika Spykerman, about the things that matter to her as a writer, mum (or mom, if you prefer), wife and writer. Here, Monika talks candidly about her own blog – Motheroad – and about the ways in which she uses her …

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Mondays with Monika – 1

As you may recall, a trainee clinical psychologist, exploring the therapeutic benefits of creative writing, interviewed me. The experience got me thinking about some themes I return to in my fiction, such as loss, separation and sacrifice, and the ways in which fiction comes to be as authentic as non-fiction. But what about non-fiction that …

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Bonjour la classe

Once upon a time, not so long ago – all right then, it was only back in August, Susan Louineau sat in the virtual chair and told me about her ebook, The Chapel in the Woods, which she self-published this year. Unlike me, Susan has a track record in marketing and put all that knowledge and …

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What goes around

Not the prettiest image, unless you’re a jobbing writer. I’ve said in the past that I’m a big fan of short story competitions. You are usually presented with a theme, a word count and a deadline – and all for no more than a nominal entry fee (we can have that debate some other time).Even …

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