Happy Maureen Day!

Founder of http://www.thefunEverse.com, celebrates sixty years on planet Earth TODAY! Happy birthday Marvellous Maureen – we love you! Maureen Lynas You’re the knees of bees, The cat’s pyjamas, You’re cake and cheese, And kissing llamas. Happy Birthday Maureen Lynas. You’re tippity top, Our poet Highness x

Dougal Trump ( err…Daley!) V God Of Small Things…

I wanted to love A God of Small Things. It sounds clever, it looks clever, it had great reviews – everyone I spoke to had loved it. I was going to love it. I was going to be swept into another world, my heart was going to rip in two with the terrible events in…

Stephen King, Back to Haunt Me.

I love the satisfying structure of circular stories. Wuthering Heights was my favourite book for years.  Catherine and Hareton coming together at the end turns the book into one of hope. Out of all that ugliness, all that sorrow, come  two people capable of kindness, strength, love. J K Rowling does a similar thing in…

Scrivener – A review.

I am terrible at organising plots. It’s fine for 7+ stories- I can hold it together for 15,0000 words, but top 50,000 and forget it. I’ve tried: Post it notes – they unstick, float away and get covered in dog hair. Spreadsheets – Kind of works but really, no, spreadsheets are for numbers, working on…

SCBWI -BI Conference 2011

I am dreaming story ideas. My head is buzzing. My fingers are twitching to type. The  SCBWI Winchester Conference has struck again. This year was a little tricky for me. I had some issues to deal with at home that were made it a struggle to focus so I must apologise if  you were disturbed…

Debut Author, Bryony Pearce, talks to me about juggling.

Thank you so much for sneaking me a copy of Angel’s Fury. I absolutely loved it . Having seen an earlier incarnation ( see what I did there? Readers you’ll get this by the end of the interview and be amazed by my wit – honestly) it was fascinating to read the finished book. Actually,…

Interview with Jon Mayhew

  If you can’t wait for The Demon Collector there are FREE and terrific  downloadable stories available on the MORTLOCK website.                   Jon! Am so excited about The Demon Collectors, did you mind me nagging you and nagging you for a copy? Yes, I had to go…

Fiona Dunbar on Stories, Science and Series.

My agent will be giving Dylan and Mouse  a gentle push into the world very soon. It’s a new thing for me, writing a series, and challenging.  Ever the professional, not just seeking an excuse to read yet more children’s books, I researched the genre by reading a lot of series fiction. During this process…

An experiment in blogging…

Apparently, it’s important  to have an on-line presence that isn’t entirely Facebook. I tried Twitter but it made my eyes go funny and then I remembered, I have a blog! A pathetic, neglected thing that fell down the back of the internet, never-the-less, a blog. All I had to do is fish it out from…