I’m delighted to have a guest post with Helen Pollard today.
Today I’m delighted to welcome fellow Choc Lit author, Morton S Gray, to the blog. Morton’s debut novel The Girl on the Beach won Choc Lit’s Search for a Star competition, and I’ve been waiting to read it ever since. At last the time has come; the novel was released across all ebook platforms on … More Morton S Gray shares her writing process
The weather’s closing in here in Cambridge and conditions are perfect for holing up in a pub. One of the city’s most famous is The Eagle. From my point of view, it’s significant because Nate and Ruby meet there for lunch in One Dark Lie. If pushed, I’ll also admit that it’s quite well known … More Atmospheric Cambridge – cosy up at The Eagle
I’m celebrating today as my second Cambridge mystery, One Dark Lie, is now available across all ebook platforms. It’s set in the run-up to Christmas: cue lots of snowy pics! Writing a novel can be a bit of a long, slow process, and encouragement along the way truly helps, so it seems like a … More The making of a novel – inspiration & method
Last weekend I had a thoroughly self-indulgent time attending a talk by Sophie Hannah and Jill Dawson. Hannah has recently written Closed Casket, her second Hercule Poirot mystery, commissioned by Agatha Christie Limited. Meanwhile Dawson’s latest book, The Crime Writer, is about novelist Patricia Highsmith, and according to The Guardian “achieves a wonderful blurring of … More Sophie Hannah and Jill Dawson at the Cambridge Literary Festival
On Tuesday, the lovely Karen Mace hosted the cover reveal for One Dark Lie on her blog, Books and Me, which means I’m now allowed to share it here too. As ever, I feel that ace designer, Berni Stevens, has done a fantastic job. (And I love the fact that she’s managed to include a … More Book update: One Dark Lie – cover reveal and book blurb
In the last week, publication of book number three has jumped a step closer. The title – One Dark Lie – has been confirmed, and I’ve also seen some cover designs. I’m itching to share them – I love each of the options – but I’m not allowed to until things are finalised! The novel … More Book update: One Dark Lie – one step closer #crimefiction
The summer (and I’m stretching that term to cover everything from when I last posted until now…) went in a flash. It was a rich mixture of kids taking big exams, holidays, edits on book three (due out soon) and then new beginnings (one child off to uni, one starting at sixth form college). So … More Naked cowboys, s’mores and stuff…
Today marks my publisher, Choc Lit’s, seventh birthday. Of course, I’m keen to mark the occasion – and it’s important to stay on theme. This makes me very happy! Choc Lit is celebrating on Twitter, Facebook and its blog, posting giveways and birthday-themed short stories throughout the day. For me, it’s a chance to say … More 7 today! Happy birthday Choc Lit!
It’s felt like winter for the last few days in Cambridge, but this Saturday marks a special day in the city’s calendar that in my head (and let’s face it, only there…) heralds summer. Strawberry Fair is a free annual festival that takes place next to the river, on Midsummer Common, on the first Saturday … More A Cambridge post – Strawberry Fair forever