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', …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Listen to the prologue to my new novel White Pines

Twenty years ago, the town of White Pines vanished into thin air, taking each and every one of the 1,346 inhabitants with it. Now, journalist Megan Douglas is on a crusade to find out exactly what happened, and how. Her journey will take her on a nightmarish tour of the surreal, the impossible, and the …

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