UPCOMING EVENT: Novel Nights in Bristol on July 25th – How to research for fiction

How do you go about researching for a novel?

If you’re interested in hearing about how I researched If I Die Before I Wake – and what my top tips are for researching – come along to a talk I am giving as part of Novel Nights in Bristol in July.

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UPCOMING EVENT: If I Die Before I Wake at The Bath Festival – May 2018

I’m delighted to announce that I will be appearing at The Bath Festival in May to talk about If I Die Before I Wake.

Joining me will be debut novelists Kim Sherwood (author of Testament) and Guy Gunaratne (author of In Our Mad And Furious City).

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An evening at Foyles and BBC Radio Bristol (again!)

I’ve just got back from another little trip to London for an evening event at Foyles Charing Cross, alongside debut authors Imogen Hermes Gowar and Mary Lynn Bracht.

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It was a lovely event, chaired by Alex Clark, and there were some great questions from the audience at the end! I especially loved meeting people who came to get a copy of If I Die Before I Wake signed, and chatting to some of them about their own writing projects. One woman said she felt inspired by the event, which reminded me of how I have felt after hearing other writers talk. If you’re an aspiring writer, and have never been to listen to others talk – do it! It is a really energising thing to do.

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If I Die Before I Wake – the launch!

It has taken me a few days to recover but I wanted to say a few words about last Thursday.

If I Die Before I Wake was finally launched on January 11 as a hardback – and what a day it was! I had already started receiving messages the day before from people saying their copy had arrived via Amazon, and it just continued from there.

It has been more than three years since I left my job to focus on writing this book. It took 18 drafts. God knows how many hours. I can’t believe it is FINALLY out in the wild!

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UPCOMING EVENT: Vintage New Writers Evening in February 2018

On February 6, I’ll be at Foyles in Charing Cross Road, London for the Vintage New Writers Evening.

Pick up a slice of pizza and a drink with myself and two other debut authors, Imogen Hermes Gowar and Mary Lynn Bracht. We will be discussing our writing process, the road to publication and what lies beyond.

Whether you’re a budding writer yourself or simply interested in the creative processes of others, the focus of the night is on discovering new voices in contemporary literature, providing insight into how these authors write and what it’s like to be an author at the start of your career.

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First public appearance talking about If I Die Before I Wake – and other news

This week I had my first public appearance talking about If I Die Before I Wake – at an event at Cheltenham Literature Festival.

It all went really well. I couldn’t have asked for better company on stage, being interviewed by Caroline Sanderson alongside Imogen Hermes Gowar and Mary Lynn Bracht. Their excellent debuts are also out in January – Imogen’s The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock is a hilarious 18th century romp about a widower, a courtesan and a grotesque mermaid; Mary’s White Chrysanthemum is a heartbreaking but beautiful story about Korean sisters separated by war. It was interesting to have three such different books being discussed in the same event.

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