5 Genres I’d Like To Read More Often

5 Genres I’d Like To Read More Often

I think as bookworms we all have at least a couple of genres that we mostly stick in, and the big one for me is fantasy. There’s just something about kings and queens, and dragons, and magic, and sword-fights that I just can’t get enough of, and this has pretty much been the case since childhood when I became obsessed… Read more »

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What makes a good villain?

What makes a good villain?

As surprising as it might seem, villains have just as big a role in a story as the hero. Yes, we may spend much more time with the hero, but essentially there is no story without the villain there to oppose the hero’s every move. But what makes a good villain? What is it that enthrals us so much, and… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘The Couple Next Door’ and ‘The Girlfriend’

Mini Reviews: ‘The Couple Next Door’ and ‘The Girlfriend’

I’ve been on a real thriller kick at the moment, and two of the best I’ve read have been The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena and The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances. The Couple Next Door was a fast-paced story full of dramatic twists and turns, whilst The Girlfriend was more of a slow-burning, yet captivating read, but both were absolutely brilliant in their own ways. Read… Read more »

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5 More Great Podcasts For Writers

5 More Great Podcasts For Writers

In the last couple of years, I’ve got really into podcasts, and I recommended five of my favourite writing-related shows a while back in a post called 5 Great Podcasts for Writers. I’ve since discovered loads of new podcasts, and so I thought I’d do a second edition of this post, and share some more great shows for writers! So… Read more »

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Life Lately #16

Life Lately #16

Is it me, or does Christmas already feel like ages ago? I always find January to be such a weird month, with the excitement (and stress!) of Christmas quickly fading, as everything seems to go from being busy, busy, busy to just…blah. I did have a really nice Christmas though, and I actually got three days off work over the… Read more »

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My New Year’s Resolutions 2018

My New Year’s Resolutions 2018

Happy New Year everyone! So here we are: 2018! I always find the start of a new year a strange combination of slightly depressing, yet wonderfully hopeful. Yes, the festive season is over, and everything is going back to normal, but at the same time the year is stretching out ahead, and it feels as if anything could happen. Maybe… Read more »

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My Best Reads of 2017

My Best Reads of 2017

It seems like just yesterday I was writing my ‘Best of 2016’ post and bemoaning what had globally been a terrible year, and here we are again! 2017 is rapidly drawing to a close, and whilst I wouldn’t say it’s been a great year worldwide (Donald Trump is still president, Brexit is still in progress and there has been a… Read more »

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When do you get to call yourself a writer?

When do you get to call yourself a writer?

I’ve been writing since I was very young: I’ve always been enamoured with stories and it wasn’t a huge jump to go from reading and enjoying other people’s to creating my own. I discovered my love of writing stories in a English class at school, and I was soon spending my spare time at home filling up notepad after notepad… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘The Scandalous Duchess’ and ‘Excalibur’

Mini Reviews: ‘The Scandalous Duchess’ and ‘Excalibur’

I’ve been reading some really great historical fiction recently (well…I guess Excalibur is only ‘kind of’ historical fiction seen as it’s based on legend, but it has a historical setting!), so read on if you want some fantastic recommendations! The Scandalous Duchess by Anne O’Brien When Lady Katherine Swynford finds herself widowed and destitute, she turns to an old friend of her… Read more »

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