Category Archives: selfpublishing

HOW TO FALL INTO MURDER…

[I recently wrote the following as a guest blog on Marissa de Luna’s explorations of the travails of the would-be writer, the delightfully named The Coffee Stained Manuscript. My regular readers may be interested too.] I never intended to write … Continue reading

Posted in books, literary fiction, selfpublishing, writers | 1 Comment

More on ‘quiet novels’

Last July, I posted a blog bemoaning the fact that agents (and presumably publishers) are so reluctant to ‘take a risk’ on what they call ‘quiet psychological novels’. And lo, three months later I discover author Stephanie Butland blogging “In … Continue reading

Posted in books, literary fiction, selfpublishing, writers | 2 Comments

Spirit of the Place

Writing can make you new friends in more ways than one. Recently I met novelist Dennis Hamley and discovered we had a number of interests in common, not the least of which was an admiration for A.S. Byatt and her … Continue reading

Posted in books, favourites, selfpublishing, writers | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

These “quiet psychological novels”

I have just re-read Penelope Lively’s Moon Tiger, which won the 1987 Booker Prize, and then her much later The Photograph (2007), because they are on my shelves and reading her is like chatting with an old friend. Ah yes, … Continue reading

Posted in books, selfpublishing, writers | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Must a writer be young?

I was 6 when decided to be a writer.  World War II was in full swing, and my father was away in the army, so I planned to cheer him up when he couldn’t be at home, by creating books … Continue reading

Posted in books, selfpublishing, writers | Tagged , , , | 9 Comments