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On Violence ?>

On Violence

I don’t blog often (which I hardly need tell you), because I’m really not the sort who likes the sound of her typing – but this week I thought I’d weigh in on the subject that everyone’s talking about: The Walking Dead. This isn’t going to be a rehash of every other article out there, I hope; I won’t be discussing the choice of victims or whether TV censorship stood have toned it down a little. I’m more interested in…

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Countdown to “Out of Egypt” ?>

Countdown to “Out of Egypt”

It’s funny – I know there are authors out there that engage with people online on a daily basis, and here I am popping out of the woodwork every few months with nothing much to say. I think there are several reasons for this, but the main one is really the biggest: I don’t want to look like an arsehole. That’s not to say that chatting online every day makes other authors automatic arseholes, far from it! I’ve interacted with…

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On Feelings of Inadequacy ?>

On Feelings of Inadequacy

It’s not often that I come upon something, be it book, TV, or film, that is so mind-blowingly brilliant it makes me hesitate to write, but in the past couple of weeks it’s happened to me in the form of the new Netflix series Sense8. It’s an odd situation to be in, and possibly unique to creatives in general – on the one hand, we’re excited to find something that engages us on so many levels, but on the other,…

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Long Time, No Blog ?>

Long Time, No Blog

And I admit, I’m a little embarrassed by it. 😣  This time last year, I was convinced that Out of Egypt would be done before the end of 2014. I remember saying as much, which I think many creative people would admit is a bloody lethal thing to do! Because not long after I made that rash promise, I discovered something very wrong with the manuscript. One day when I went to read over what I had in preparation for…

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Out of Egypt Coming Soon ?>

Out of Egypt Coming Soon

WARNING: Last Paragraph Contains Mild Spoilers It’s been a bitch of a year for me. I say that not to elicit sympathy but to explain, a little, where Book 2 has got to. If you’ve read my latest posts on this blog then you’ll know a little of what’s been going on, but there have been other things I haven’t talked about; my ex-fiancé coming to me with his problems concerning a new girlfriend (and more often than not crying…

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On Attitudes ?>

On Attitudes

I’ve always had an attitude problem. I’m not bothered by that, just stating a fact. My mother is always telling me I’m a natural-born rebel, and that I’m a hard bitch – affectionately speaking, of course. I think she sometimes regrets just how hard I’ve become, although she would never say it. But it’s how I’ve survived being so out of step with the rest of my generation; how I’ve coped with always disagreeing with the norm, with liking underground…

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About Adult Content ?>

About Adult Content

I wrote this post some time ago and never published it (I have no idea why). Recently I had cause to think about the subject again, so I thought I’d polish the dust off, post it, and add an addendum to it. OCTOBER 2, 2013: It’s no secret that in the world of fiction today, the Young Adult (and “New Adult”) genres are a massive industry. They appeal not only to the young but also to adults who prefer a…

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My Virtual Twin ?>

My Virtual Twin

These past few months writing Alpha, I have to admit I’ve missed Alice terribly. Although she isn’t me, there are places where our lives touch. When I first dreamt of Dark and the Temple, it was me waking in that bed with the red sheets. It was me that discovered Atwater’s cache of vampire blood behind her study wall. So I suppose it was only natural that when it came time to externalise the experience and find the character who…

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My Take on the Censorship of e-Books by Amazon, Kobo, and WHSmith ?>

My Take on the Censorship of e-Books by Amazon, Kobo, and WHSmith

There’s been tons in the media this week regarding the mass panic of companies such as WHSmith and Kobo, and the ridiculous solution they came up with to prevent potentially damaging erotica from being sold through their websites. Their answer was not to pull all erotica titles until they’ve been screened, which would have been understandable, but to pull ALL self-published books regardless of genre or content. Meanwhile, many trad-pub novels with similar content has escaped the cull unscathed. I…

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Getting Beyond a Joke ?>

Getting Beyond a Joke

Today has been a funny old day. Early this afternoon one of my favourite authors, Joanne Harris, tweeted that a story called Taken by the T-Rex was at #677 in Amazon’s sales rankings. Her only comment to the story was *headdesk*. I nearly always follow links that she posts, and so naturally I followed this one. Imagine my surpise when I was presented with a seventeen-page monstrosity about a prehistoric girl being ravished by a T-Rex. I mean, you just…

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