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The grass is ALWAYS greener on the other side of the hairdressers

When I was in my final year of high school, I got a perm. I guess you could be forgiven for thinking I went to school in the eighties—or maybe even the early nineties. Unfortunately, NO. Read more

Why you MAY want your own angel-superhero (AKA literary agent)

I think I was even more excited when I got my literary agent, than when I got my book deal for When the World was Flat (and we were in love). Read more

There’s NO shame in being bullied. ONLY in bullying

I was a SUPER shy kid. Like frog-in-my-throat, petrified-of-telephones, let-my-brother-speak-for-me kid. To make matters worse, my family moved around like a band of gypsies. Read more

The nearly ALWAYS occasionally BORING task of plotting a story

As I pointed out in this post, the problem with plotting is that it can be SO BORING. My plotting up until a couple of years ago consisted of some hastily typed notes at the beginning of my manuscripts. Read more

My former life as a vegetarian zoo keeper

When I was a teen, I turned vegetarian.

My oldest brother bet I would last about a month. I lasted SIX YEARS (go me!). Read more