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Getting to Know You: What advice would you give to your younger writing self?

Keep writing. It’s as simple as that. When I was 13 or 14, I wrote every day, often late into the night. The freedom I felt was amazing. Words flowing from my pen, ideas hammered onto the page with no hesitation. Then I got a little older. Then I felt the Fear. Then I stopped.… Continue reading Getting to Know You: What advice would you give to your younger writing self?

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Getting to Know You: What advice do you have for new writers?

Keep writing! It's as simple and as difficult as that. Honestly, people often say to me, "Oh, I want to be a writer but I don't think I'm good enough." My response is usually along the same lines as I give my students: if you don't make mistakes, you'll never learn how to improve. I… Continue reading Getting to Know You: What advice do you have for new writers?

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Getting to Know You: How do you write a convincing villain?

Ha! I can be a bit of a villain in real life, so it’s not as difficult as you might think. I find it really easy to ‘think’ my way into another person’s mind-set, so I can attempt to understand their train of thought and their motivations. In The Moon Rogue, there are a number… Continue reading Getting to Know You: How do you write a convincing villain?

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Getting to Know You: When Do You Write?

I write when I can! I know that sounds simplistic but it's true. Since having a baby (and with another one on the way!) I grab any opportunity I get. Generally it depends on what stage of the process of writing a novel I’m at. If I’m still in the first draft, just-get-it-written stage, I… Continue reading Getting to Know You: When Do You Write?

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Getting to Know You: How do you select the names of your characters?

This is one of the coolest things about fantasy writing! I get so much scope to create new words and interesting sounds. But, as I have a background in language with a limited amount of linguistics, I have a good idea about how languages work. I hope that lets me avoid the many pitfalls of… Continue reading Getting to Know You: How do you select the names of your characters?