Tag Archives: Writers Abroad

A Wide Or Narrow Path?

When you open a book in a particular genre, let’s say historical fiction, crime or romance, should you be able to guess what you’re getting before you read it? On Writers Abroad’s blog today I’ve voiced my thoughts on how … Continue reading

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Social Media and Time Management

  I really enjoy working on my Second World War series, The Yankee Years, and I’m always looking for ways to spend more time writing the stories. So I have had to find ways to get to grips with social … Continue reading

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On Saturday I attended a writing workshop tutored by Anthony J. Quinn, a Northern Irish crime writer. We spent considerable time discussing how to develop three dimensional characters. One of the interesting suggestions he offered was to give your characters memories. … Continue reading


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The Season Turns, Time To Reflect

It’s the Solstice today – summer if you’re in the northern hemisphere, winter for those in the southern hemisphere. It’s more or less, half way through the year. Did you start the year full of plans and dreams of what … Continue reading

Posted in June 2016 | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

National Short Story Week With The Ex-Pats

This week is National Short Story Week (16th to 22nd November), an event I look forward to each year. I enjoy reading and writing this form of literature so I want to support this annual event by encouraging readers to … Continue reading

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‘Tis The Season – For Book Launches

It’s that time again – Halloween? Thanksgiving? Christmas? Not exactly – it’s anthology launch season. Not surprisingly, most writers’ groups endeavour to launch their latest writing collections in the run-up (you can interpret that as ‘sales season’) to Christmas. For … Continue reading

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I recently discovered memes and I’ve been having fun learning about them and creating them – so much so that I even wrote about it on Writers Abroad’s blog this morning. CLICK HERE if you want to read the post.

Posted in September 2015, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Knowing Where I’m Going

Since I’m in the middle of revising the first draft of a novel and have just finished writing the first draft of a long short story, I’ve been thinking a lot about planning stories. This week I talked about my … Continue reading

Posted in April 2015 | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

How Do You Sum Up Your Novel?

It was my turn today to write the weekly blog post for Writers Abroad’s website. I was in London over the weekend attending the absolutely wonderful Historical Novel Society’s UK conference and I didn’t have much time to put into … Continue reading

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Debuting The Duke’s Shadow

The Duke’s Shadow, an historical fiction, by Louise Charles launches today. I’ve known Louise through an online writers’ group, Writers Abroad, for several years and I’ve had a chance to get sneak peaks at the novel as it evolved. So … Continue reading

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