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    A little help from my friends

    Last week I wrote about how I’d fallen into endless rabbit holes of research and wasn’t getting any real writing done. Luckily this week an angel popped up to help, in the form of organising a Zoom write-in. The timing of her invitation couldn’t have been better and I signed up immediately. Then, yesterday rolled around, and it’s been a long week again already – autumn has arrived early in Ireland this year and the days have been dark and wet, which never helps with anything, especially motivation. My daughter is working in town this week (The world’s biggest festival…

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    Invisibility Cloak

    One of my fellow 2022 debut authors wrote a long Twitter thread today about the struggle of being small. In this context, ‘small’ means ‘we are published traditionally, but with a small, independent publisher, and not one of the few…

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    It’s been a while

    It’s not so much that I had little to say; just little time to say it. My MA is progressing well. I am at the beginning of a new module: Writing the Novel, in which the idea for my latest…

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    It’s Publication Day!

    Today, March 15th 2022, I woke up as a published Novelist! (I know novelist makes me sound all pretentious, but I couldn’t just say ‘published’ or ‘author’ because today wasn’t the first for those. Today marks the release of my…

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    It’s the final countdown!

    With only days until the official release of Dear Isobel, things have got busy around here. I did my first Instagram live interview last night, with the lovely, bubbly, Shelly Mack. You can watch it here: Shelly Mack Interview. I…

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    Nothing much to say

    I’m aware I’m overdue with blogging, once again. Often, life comes along, or, sometimes, death, and last week saw me travelling across half of Ireland, the full width of Wales, and down the length of England, to attend my aunt’s…

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    Spring promises

    I’ve been gone a while. Things piled up and blogging seemed low on the priority list. Today sees me enjoying the end of a week off from teaching and catching up on MA reading, whilst also pausing to catch breath.…

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    Ticking along

    It’s so cold here today I’m typing fast to keep my hands warm… …which is good, since I’ve slacked off on my blog for the past couple of weeks. I’ve been mad-busy working on the fourth novel, prepping for a…

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    November Days

    I’m nowhere near busy enough, clearly. I say this because Nano is upon us and I’m IN. Which feels like something on the brink of insanity. But first, for those not in the know, what is Nano? Nano is short…

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    the proof and the obscure

    In Edinburgh recently, we spent a fun couple of hours in Camera Obscura, looking at the incredible, the impossible, the unbelievable, the inexplicable, and the unclear. Now, home again, I am coming towards the end of my proofreading for Dear…