What makes a great story? Here are the 4 things I think every satisfying story needs.
The ultimate writers retreat – time to focus on the words, and being in the book’s location. Maybe next time I should pick somewhere more glamorous than North Yorkshire for the book’s location!
Why is Yusuf Hussain the way he is? What makes him angry? And despite their differences, can he and Jennifer pull together to save their family?
I won a writing competition! Here’s my winning entry, a short story called ‘Prey’.
I’ve written before about my uncanny (and unwanted) habit of writing plot lines that have a tendency to come true. From the ban on travel from Muslim countries in A House Divided (attempted by Trump long after I first wrote it), to the murder of a politician called Jo in a book I simply didn’t have the stomach […]
How will the story end? Find out in Divided We Stand, the final part of the Division Bell trilogy.
My review of Our House by Louise Candlish, a twisty psychological thriller that had me hooked from the first page.
‘Rita looked up to see the headteacher, Mrs Toft, peering in through the glass. Two dark figures lurked behind her.’ Read the opening chapter of Divide And Rule, book 2 in the Division Bell trilogy.
“We’re making you this offer now. You won’t get it again. There’s a van heading to the centre tonight, and you could be on it. If you want.” Read the second chapter of Divide And Rule.
The Festival of Writers aims to change writers’ lives by introducing them to agents. For me, it worked a little differently.