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We Will

We Will  By Gemma Amor We will each have a day, maybe past, maybe yet to come, when a landslide of cold and brutal change will fall upon us, an avalanche of rules and warnings and death and terrible news and things we can, and cannot do, and we will understand, slowly, reluctantly, that our … Continue reading We Will

DEAR LAURA long listed in the preliminary ballot for the 2019 Bram Stoker Awards

I can hardly believe I'm typing this, but I glanced at my phone yesterday to see a veritable storm of notifications and found, to my utmost joy, that my book DEAR LAURA has made the preliminary ballot for the prestigious 2019 Bram Stoker Awards. It's listed in the category 'Superior Achievement in a First Novel', … Continue reading DEAR LAURA long listed in the preliminary ballot for the 2019 Bram Stoker Awards

What it’s like to write your first novel: a first hand account

I have just written my first novel.  Before we continue, I should state: I have half-written fifteen novels in my life so far. Fifteen. There’s a sci-fi MS, an historic thriller MS, a fantasy saga MS, three more horror novels, a VR thriller MS, a dystopian underworld MS...the list goes on and on.  I’ve never … Continue reading What it’s like to write your first novel: a first hand account

How to accept a compliment (or at least put on a convincing performance)

An uncomfortable person's guide to accepting praise It’s going to happen again, I know it. I just know it. I’m standing in a crowded room on a Friday night in a busy pub, unwinding after a frenetic week where I pretended to be an adult (and almost succeeded in fooling everyone). A person I know … Continue reading How to accept a compliment (or at least put on a convincing performance)

Imposter Syndrome and authors: how being so hard on yourself is hurting your writing  

At some point, these people are going to realise I am a phoney, I thought sadly, as I flipped back through the pages of my newly published anthology. The cover shone with that new book sheen, the pages were crisp and the spine bore my name. All of my lifelong desires sat there in my … Continue reading Imposter Syndrome and authors: how being so hard on yourself is hurting your writing  

Writers and Twitter: how to get noticed for all the right reasons (and not be a dick)

Here’s the thing: I joined Twitter many, many years ago, and never really got the hang of it. The site seemed rather cryptic and pointless, and the concept was lost on me. I was always a fan of long, emotive ramblings online, so short and random strings of characters, a seemingly complicated interface and a … Continue reading Writers and Twitter: how to get noticed for all the right reasons (and not be a dick)