Through the trees, a clearing
Friday, 21 April 2017
Unbound's resident creepy girl here with a small update for you all. A few weeks ago I handed in the final structural edits for The Log House, which means we are finally moving on to the next stage - copy-edits. Over the next few weeks a wonderfully talented individual will read through my manuscript, checking for issues with spelling and grammar (and probably berate me for my love of…
Round Two in The Log House - START
Tuesday, 14 February 2017
I have exciting news to share with you all - I've just received the structural edits back on my manuscript! This means I'll be spending the next few weeks cutting, refining and making sure that everything is perfect(ly creepy)to create the best story I can for you. That's not to say the novel will be ready afterwards - The Log House will still need to go through extensive copy-editing…
Fancy a spooky story to listen to this Halloween?
Sunday, 23 October 2016
For Halloween, I've decided to create a fun little challenge.
We are over halfway funded for The Log House. This is completely amazing and I am blown away by all the support, but we still have a ways to go. Therefore, I've decided that if we manage to reach 60% funded by this Halloween, I will record myself reading a spooky short story to scare you all silly. If we reach 70%…
A terrifying reading by a terrified author - more details for Bristol Horror Con!
Tuesday, 11 October 2016
As mentioned previously, I will be attending the Bristol Horror Con this Saturday (October 15th) to do a short reading -inset strangled scream of joy and terror here-.
For those of you interested in attending, I will be reading a short horror story at around 16:00 alongside some other fantastic horror writers. There are also readings at other points in the day, so come early…
The Trouble with Genre
Saturday, 24 September 2016
Recently I've been considering the genre of my novel The Log House.
From the moment I began writing, I had always considered it a horror novel. Horror was always what I wrote, after all. Besides, what could a novel about a creepy forest filled with monsterous children be, if not horror?
Many things, apparently.
Since delving into the depths of Twitter, I've found many genres my novel could…
Come Scare a Nervous Author!
Thursday, 22 September 2016
As you may or may not know, last year I won the Bristol Horror Writing Competition at Bristol Horror Con. It's a fantastic little con with lots of great guests and talks. This year I've been asked to participate and, along with some other wonderful authors, do a short reading of my work.
This will be my first one, and I'm extremely excited/terrified. I will be reading…
My characters, and why none of them are "good" people
Wednesday, 17 August 2016
I have always been fascinated by morally ambiguous characters. Villains, anti-heroes and anti-villains have always been my favourite characters to read, watch and write. There's something fun and more human about them. Typical heroes are easy to work out - they do what is right, for the good of all. But that's not always the case for morally ambiguous characters. They work via their own compass, and…
Thursday, 4 August 2016
I thought I'd share a quick illustration with you today! I often like to draw my characters in order to picture them, and I sometimes illustrate entire scenes when I feel like I need a break from writing.
Today I drew a scene from early on in the novel.
Let me know if you would like more sneaky glimpses into the story via drawings!
Novel planning - or, getting lost on Spotify
Sunday, 31 July 2016
Today I thought I would go through, step-by-step, how I plan my novels. I'll use my novel The Log House as an example as its freshest in my mind, but really this applies to anything I do. I hope it helps you on your own writing journeys!
I always like to start with a single idea, generally a What If? question. For The Log House it was the following -
If humanity had barricaded themselves away…
Friday, 15 July 2016
I am now nearly halfway into crowdfunding my horror novel with Unbound. There is still a long way to go, but I'm remaining hopeful.
A third of the funding target has been met! So many people have believed in me enough to support my novel and I am so so grateful! Somebody even pledged £400 and bought the right to name a character! It's an incredible feeling to see so much support from friends and…
One Week Down
Wednesday, 8 June 2016
I've decided to try and post here weekly to keep you all updated. I'll include a few musings and bonus extracts of the novel in progress. I can't wait to share them all with you.
We are one week down and already at 16%, that's incredible! Thank you all so much for your support. Each and every one of you is a wonderful person. A special thanks goes to the supporter who pledged…
Thank you and welcome!
Wednesday, 1 June 2016
Thank you so very much for pledging, I can't wait to start this creepy journey with you all!
I'll be updating you on the progress of the novel and the campaign as we go along but for now, be sure to stay out of the forest.