Nanowrimo 2018 ?>

Nanowrimo 2018

Nanowrimo has rolled around again. And this year, I’m planning to try something new – the first of a series. It’s an urban fantasy about a young woman who is transformed into a dryad while holidaying in New England. I’m slightly nervous as I’ve never tried to write a series of novels before and all the technical stuff I’m reading about how to write a series is putting me off slightly but hey, it never hurts to try – right?…

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Dribs and Drabbles – my new free ebook! ?>

Dribs and Drabbles – my new free ebook!

I’ve just published Dribs and Drabbles, a free ebook. It’s a collection of short stories of varying lengths, from twitter fiction (140 characters) to drabbles (100 words) to flash fiction (less than 750 words) to a short story of nearly 2,000 words. The stories include Scrooge, a retelling of the classic A Christmas Carol, completely original tales such as, The City From The Sea, and Red and the Alien Wolf, a rebooted Red Riding Hood. Currently, it’s available on Smashwords, iBooks, Kobo…

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Gender Switch Classics or Classics Regendered novels – Sherlock Holmes ?>

Gender Switch Classics or Classics Regendered novels – Sherlock Holmes

You know when you’ve had a brilliant idea and think you’re really clever, only to find out that others have had it as well? It seems to happen quite often in Hollywood with ” twin movies” such as Friends with Benefits and No Strings Attached or Antz and A Bug’s Life. Well, it happened to me recently. While browsing at Smashwords.com, I came across a couple of other authors who’ve done the same thing as me, retro-engineered a classic novel…

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Story Samples at Smashwords.com ?>

Story Samples at Smashwords.com

I was recently browsing through the books at http://www.smashwords.com and realised that many of the stories I was looking at didn’t allow the reader to download samples . Now, I can see why authors might feel like not doing that for a short story — the recommended 20% may seem rather a large amount or for a free story, hey — it’s free! But not to do it for novels that the reader is going to have to pay for, seems…

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Editing Fiction – an Arvon Course ?>

Editing Fiction – an Arvon Course

I’m just back from a week long Editing Fiction course run by the Arvon Foundation. I had the pleasure of spending my time in an old country house in the beautiful Devon countryside. I wish I could say the sun shone every day but it didn’t. There was no internet access or WiFi, which drove some of the other people on the course crazy but I found it refreshing to have no distractions from the outside world. I really enjoyed…

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My fan fiction ?>

My fan fiction

I realise I’ve never mentioned that I write fan fiction. I like  to read fan fiction as well. Some of the stuff I’ve read has been really clever. I especially like fan fiction  “crossovers”, where the characters from two different TV shows or books come together in a story. I think I like crossovers so much because in a way, it’s like alternate history (which I also love) and I never feel guilty reading them because clearly the author would…

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My favourite Pride and Prejudice fiction ?>

My favourite Pride and Prejudice fiction

Here’s a list of my current favourite Pride and Prejudice fiction in no particular order. Assumptions and Actuality, L Meredith This is a parody and there are only four daughters. All the names of the characters have been changed. Bridget Jones’ Diary, Helen Fielding. Probably the most famous Pride and Prejudice fiction novel and a perennial favourite of mine. Conceit and Concealment, Abigail Reynolds. This imagines Pride and Prejudice taking place in an England where Napoleon Bonaparte succeeded in conquering…

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“Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined” ?>

“Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined”

Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined is by Stephanie Meyer, just in case you were wondering. I thought it might be a parody when I picked the book up or even a version of Midnight Sun, the Twilight from Edward Cullen’s point of view that famously she started writing but stopped because the first few chapters got leaked, but no. It does what it says on the tin, it is Twilight reimagined.  She has taken the story and changed the gender of…

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Smashwords Read An Ebook Week ?>

Smashwords Read An Ebook Week

I’m participating in the ninth annual Smashwords Read an Ebook Week promotion, which kicks off on Sunday 5 March and runs to the end of day on 11 March 2017. Each year, tens of thousands of Smashwords authors, publishers and readers participate in this global ebook celebration which offers FREE and deep-discounted ebooks. Both my ebooks, The Little Book of Quirky Christmas Stories and Pride and Prejudice: The Other Way Round will be free during the promotion. I had the choice…

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