Category: Writing Life

Recommended Blogs (and thanks!)

This time last week, I found out that How To Be A Good Wife has been longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize and I was utterly thrilled.    I have had lots of lovely congratulations since the list was announced, and I wanted to take the time to thank some of the wonderful bloggers who Read More …

Writers Ask Writers: Books That Changed Me

This month, the Writers Ask Writers gang and I have decided to write about the books that have changed us.  We’re also welcoming a guest star: Hannah Richell, author of the bestselling Secret of the Tides, and the newly published The Shadow Year.  Happy to have you with us, Hannah!   Here is a small Read More …

Writers Ask Writers: Just Keep Swimming

  This month, for the third part of our Writers Ask Writers blog series, we have been asked the most difficult question yet.  It was posed by a commenter on Annabel Smith’s blog, and though it’s the one most writers dread being asked, we decided to try and tackle it.  And I’m going to try and Read More …

Writers Ask Writers: Where Do You Write?

This is an interesting question for me at the moment.  I am currently packing up my house for a big move from Perth to Jakarta.  All our accumulated junk from the last four years has been either binned, op-shopped, or packed away.  The only items of furniture I haven’t yet consigned to Gumtree are my Read More …

Ten Things I Will Miss About Australia

In July, I will return to the UK to get married, and then we will be moving to Jakarta.  I am thrilled that our new adventure is finally happening, but I have already starting mourning this place that has been so kind to us.   Australia has been our home for the last four years.  It Read More …

How To End A Book

At the request of readers, I discuss the ending of How To Be A Good Wife, and offer you the chance to give Hector his comeuppance…   (Spoilers alert!)       How To Be A Good Wife has now been out in the world for four months.  Reading the reviews and listening to people talk Read More …

Writers Ask Writers: An Introduction

Writing can be a lonely business.  As much as I love working from home and not having to brush my hair, I sometimes long to meet other writers who share this rather odd career path.  Perth Writers Festival gave me this opportunity.  I discovered that not only are there other writers living in Perth, but Read More …