The Girl Behind the Bar

Two weeks ago I got an email telling me my short story, 'The Girl Behind the Bar', was runner-up in the 2021 Radio New Zealand Nine to Noon Short Story Competition. The delay in letting me know was apparently due to COVID lockdowns and resultant recording studio delays, but now all systems were go, and…

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Quick Tips #10: What writing advice should I listen to?

I was given an invaluable piece of writing advice some time ago that was infinitely more helpful than any “how-to” article or writing course. Back then, I was at a point where writing was becoming more of a pressure than a pleasure; something to work at rather than simply...enjoy. I believed I had to write every day…

Women’s writing: how the world dismisses it

I published my debut novel in March, and was lucky enough to receive positive reviews, wonderful reader feedback, and a stint on three bestseller lists. I'm now working on my second novel, and as I write (and procrastinate), I've been thinking about stories and how we tell them and how they are received. I've been…

Quick Tips #9: Inspiration and how to find it

They're the moments writers live for. Those moments of giddy inspiration that seem to make the words leap out of nowhere into your mind and (hopefully) onto the page. You may have been struggling with a particular paragraph or plot conundrum or structural challenge…and suddenly the answer is right there in front of you, delicious and…

Cover Reveal Day!

I'm delighted to reveal the cover of my debut novel, "The Library of Unfinished Business". And here's the cover blurb: "Maurice, a small-town librarian, dies one Monday morning in a fiery car crash. Finding himself in a very unexpected afterlife, he befriends Kit, who knows more than he should about Heaven—and about Maurice’s life on…