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October 1, 2019

When I began my first novel in 2014, I was writing in a virtual vacuum. I tried Googling local writer's groups and places to get critique, but there seemed to be very little out there. I've realised since that there probably was support, but it operated on a word-of-mo...

September 5, 2019

So, summer of 2019 has been a summer of cons, or conventions. Those of us living on the island of Ireland have been really lucky this year, because we had Worldcon in Dublin, followed closely by Eurocon (hosted by Titancon) in Belfast. 

I was delighted to be invited to...

March 12, 2019

Every March the women creatives of Northern Ireland band together and go on the rampage. I'm a member of a wonderful, empowering collective called Women Aloud NI (WANI), the brainchild of the talented and ceaselessly energetic Jane Talbot.

WANI organises events all year...

November 26, 2017

I wrote this as a Facebook status a year ago, and a whole bunch of friends have re-shared it this year. I'm so glad that it has brought a little joy and cheer to people at such a dark time of year, that I thought I should share it again here:

November, the month when ev...

November 22, 2017

People talk about March Madness, but for me it's been Nutty November. In fact, it really boils down to Trying Tuesday, i.e. yesterday. It was a bit hectic.

In the morning, as usual, I had to get my elderly dad sorted out with his newspaper, make sure he'd eaten his brea...

April 21, 2015

 

Today I had the honour of interviewing an exciting new science fiction/fantasy writer, Jo Zebedee, about her new book, The Inheritance Trilogy - book one Abendau's Heir. Lots of really useful and interesting tips and facts here, as well as a great insight into the wor...

December 18, 2014

In this pre-Christmas rush to get everything done I am sitting at my computer typing, but there's nowhere I'd rather be. I love writing and since I started around nine months ago it's become a major part of my life.

 

There are a couple of new short stories on the websit...

September 16, 2014

In the beginning I thought all I needed to write a good novel was determination, an original idea and good basic grammar. Wrong.

 

I have had a story rattling around in my head since I was at school (a very long time ago!). In my school we did an extra compulsory A-level...

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