Why I am no longer afraid to write about death.
People often ask me why I decided to change my career in my thirties and become a writer. They ask, and I laugh it off, shrug and say ‘Now seemed as good a time as any to change my life!’ But this is not how it happened, not really. There was no light-bulb moment, no … Continue reading Trauma as fuel: writing through pain, and why I became an author
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)
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 short story collection. 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 … Continue reading Imposter Syndrome and authors: how being so hard on yourself is hurting your writing
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)
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 … Continue reading Listen to the prologue to my new novel White Pines
Halloween may be over now (for this year, at any rate), but I am still thrilled that my story I am Ghost was produced by the NoSleep Podcast team as part of their 2018 Halloween special episode. The horror anthology show is renowned for its Halloween Episodes, which bring you over two hours of fully … Continue reading ‘I am Ghost’ on the NoSleep Podcast Halloween Special 2018
Hurrah! 'The Trees Have Eyes' is now out in paperback, featuring my first ever printed story 'The Little Man'. Find out how more about the collection, including how to buy, in my latest post.
The Path Through Lower Fell: Bad Cow Disease The Path Through Lower Fell is a story I wrote about two things in particular: how scary cows can be, and why revenge is so satisfying. And those wonderful people at the NoSleep Podcast turned it into an operatic audio drama of simply epic proportions. Narrated flawlessly … Continue reading Listen to my No Sleep story ‘The Path Through Lower Fell’
My thoughts on the 'Final Girl', women in horror films, and why we need a shake up.