I realised I wanted to be writer when I hit puberty, around thirteen. I’d always loved reading, and as a kid, one of the best parts of my week was Saturday, around 5pm. I’d be in the car with my dad, waiting in College Square North in Belfast, waiting to pick up my mum and… Continue reading Getting to Know You: When Did You Realise You Wanted to be a Writer?
One of my real pet-peeves when reading is when there's a problem with tenses or subject-verb agreement. It doesn't matter how good your storyline is. If you make these fundamental errors, your reader will switch off. Shifting Verb Tense If you shift verb tense (for example, from past to present tense) in a sentence or… Continue reading #Prowrite: Verb Tenses and Subject-Verb Agreement
There are a few books that have influenced me greatly in different ways. There are some like the little board books I read as a small child that started my love of books. There are also some children's novels that have done the same. In terms of books I find inspirational as an adult, the… Continue reading Getting to Know You: What books have influenced you the most?
It’s a lengthy process! Honestly, the characters that I have now are a very far cry from the characters I had when I first conceived the story many years ago. Emmy used to be a much darker character, and she committed suicide in the narrative, only to be brought back to life. She was a… Continue reading Getting to Know You: How do you develop your plots and characters?
My answer to this used to be "Is there ever a time I'm not writing?" That, however, is no longer true. The majority of my time is spent looking after my young baby! But truly, I spend the majority of my free time (usually once Bub is asleep) writing, editing, tweaking, thinking of new ideas… Continue reading Getting to Know You: What Do You Do When You’re Not Writing?