Of old scars and new blood
Thursday, 26 May 2022
I submitted the manuscript for This is Not About You the day I flew home to Ireland, for the first time in over two years. Somehow I had got it into my head that I couldn't enjoy my time at home without getting rid of the book, exorcising the demons of romances past and landing in Dublin with a clean slate of sorts.
A few months previously, I had emailed my editor, tentatively, to tell her that…
I was busy thinking about boys
Tuesday, 19 April 2022
I have broken the back of the book. In the year of our lord 2022, that feels like a somewhat dodgy turn of phrase, but I have – a little over two years after I launched on Unbound, I am almost ready to submit the manuscript and stop thinking about all the boys I've loved before.
I sent a (very early) draft of the book to a friend this week, hoping that she would say nice things but also hoping…
It’s been a year
Thursday, 27 January 2022
And oh, what a year!
I apologise profusely for the lack of updates and hereby promise to let you know how things are going on a bi-monthly basis.
For now you should know that the book is progressing far more slowly than I would have liked, but I am on track to have the manuscript submitted to the team at Unbound by the end of February. It turns out that mining your own experiences –…
the most reliable Valentine of all
Sunday, 14 February 2021
My earliest memories of Valentine's Day are all jumbled together. I can't remember the year, the age, the time – but I can remember that my mother sent me a Valentine's card each year, something she still denies, although lately, less strenuously than in previous years.
I knew it was her because of the handwriting. My mother has many talents – she bakes a mean apple tart and can tell you, to the…