Category Archives: The View on the Way Down

How to talk about your novel without sounding like a weirdo

I can always see it coming, and it fills me with horror. The conversation is going well. I am being normal. Then the other person asks me what I do, and I tell them, shyly, that I am a writer. … Continue reading

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Writing unlikeable characters

There are always people who complain that they didn’t enjoy a book because they didn’t like the main character; or, indeed, any of the characters. But if you’re in the camp that thinks part of the purpose of fiction is to … Continue reading

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A game of drafts

First of all, I’m so sorry for the awful pun in the title. I don’t know what I was thinking. But I had to call it something. Anyway, this begins with a delightful afternoon tea I had with my editor … Continue reading

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Why writing novels makes you self-indulgent…

Here’s another brilliant thing about writing novels (apart from impressing difficult-to-impress family members – yes, you, Tim -, getting to sleep a lot in the daytime and only rarely brushing your hair): you can talk as much as you want … Continue reading

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Till Death Us Do Part: the strangeness of sibling relationships

My mum tells this delightful story about how when I was a baby my older brother – then a toddler – used to climb into my pram and pinch me. ‘He was so resourceful,’ my mother says. Actually, she doesn’t … Continue reading

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THE COVER

In a recent post, I talked about the excitement of seeing the first hardback copies of my book. Another lovely part of the pre-publication process was finalising the cover design. I’ve been surprised over the past few months by the … Continue reading

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(Not) keeping it in the family: examples of family estrangement in literature

The idea of family estrangement is something that’s always bothered me. Even as a teenager, I hated arguing with parents. Serious arguments, I mean. There was plenty of me huffing off to my room, or pointing out how embarrassing they … Continue reading

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