Top 18 Questions On What Makes Me A Writer

People always ask me WHERE I get my ideas from, or even WHY I became a writer … So I thought I’d round up some of my thoughts on this for a post! Many thanks to Katherine at Bibliophile Book Club for these thought-provoking questions and for hosting me over at her site recently as…

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Top 5 Brilliant Books Set In Brighton

My crime debut, The Other Twin, is set in Brighton, UK. I grew up in  a seaside town myself, plus Brighton is perhaps best known for its LGBT community (a key theme in the book), so I wanted to bring this place to life in my writing … So I looked to how others had…

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BEST OF 3: My Inspiring Secret Library

When someone asks you which books have influenced you, it’s very easy to fall into the ‘expected’ answers … Often because they’re true! It’s no secret how much I loved Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, especially as it prompted me to give crime writing a whirl myself. So when Cafe Thinking asked me to name 3…

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Top 5 Twisted Sister Stories To Creep You Out

This post originally appeared at Book Review Café. Read the original post, HERE. I read a LOT of books involving sisters for my research for my crime debut, The Other Twin and to get into ‘the zone’! They seem to be everywhere at the moment … This is one trend that shows no sign of…

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Behind The Crime (Novel): In Conversation With LV Hay

This post appeared originally on Greenacre Writers. Read the original post, HERE.  I loved the questions asked here – they really made me think, especially 2 and 3! Writing the character I mention in number 3 was really tough; I had to do a lot of research and reflection to fathom why someone might behave…

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How I Wrote My Crime Debut, The Other Twin

Here’s an early plotting experiment via index card of my crime debut, The Other Twin. This was over eighteen months ago, so the narrative threads changed A LOT as I outlined, re-outlined and even returned to page one several times! The path for this one did not run smooth AT ALL. Back then, it even…

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The Ultimate YA Quiz

Following the success of last year’s Dystopian November, I’ve decided this month is YA MAY! It may surprise you, but when I’m not reading – or writing! – crime fiction, I love me a bit of YA fiction! I tend to prefer teen lit set in the real world, dealing with real issues and real…

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My Top 6 Unlikeable Women In Fiction

This great link from Book Riot turned up on my social media feeds recently – 100 Must-Read Books With Unlikeable Women. It’s SUCH  comprehensive list and there’s plenty on there to add the TBR! As I’ve written before, I LOVE an ‘unlikeable’ woman (though I’d call them ‘enigmatic’, rather than unlikeable!!). My protagonist in my debut,…

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Top 10 Twins In Books And Movies

The lovely Donna at the Chocolate N’ Waffles book blog has been spotlighting Orenda Books all this month … So, as my debut The Other Twin is out with this great publisher this year, I thought I’d write her a guest post! You can view the original post, HERE and follow Donna on Twitter as…

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