Category Archives: Writing

Places that inspired The Followers

1. The moors I was taken to Dartmoor a lot as a little kid. Apparently we even used to camp there, which now sounds pretty horrifying. Although The Followers is actually set on the Yorkshire moors, I returned to Dartmoor twice more … Continue reading

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Writing about place

Until recently, location has never interested me much. I was vaguely aware when reading Wuthering Heights as a teenager that the story wouldn’t be quite as effective if it were set, say, in Milton Keynes, but beyond that I rarely bothered to … Continue reading

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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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How do you learn to write?

You may have heard the story about Hunter S. Thompson: how he sat down and retyped the whole of The Great Gatsby on a borrowed typewriter, hoping that it would unlock the secret of Fitzgerald’s style. I scoffed when I … Continue reading

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Writers vs. progress

I went home to visit my parents in Oxfordshire last week, which was lovely (although my dad began the visit by claiming to have given up alcohol, which left me wondering what we’d do with our evenings*). Anyway, let me … 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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