Editing has begun on my latest YA novel, Blood Born, and after spending a week in Whitby immersing myself in the town where the book is set, I have my red pen at the ready, and I’m raring to go. There’s something magical about standing in the same spot your character stands and exploring the… Continue reading Book Research and Seeking Out Vampires in Whitby #YA #WritersLife
When I told my UK friends that I was heading to New Orleans for Mardi Gras they responded with the customary ‘oh, how lovely, I wish I was going’ that you would expect from anyone staying behind. My US friends, however, mentioned the phrase ‘baptism of fire’ far too often for me to ignore! What… Continue reading Surviving my first Mardi Gras #Travel #NewOrleans
My favourite kind of blog post is when an author allows us to see behind the scenes. They give us a small insight into their world with snippets of their working day, the view from their window, or what they have on their shelves. After all, it’s human nature to be inquisitive (nosy!). I was… Continue reading 5 Things On My Writing Desk #WritersLife
Top 10 Blog Posts of 2019. I haven’t blogged as much as I would like this year, but the content I have shared has been well received by followers far and wide. In July, I launched my Top 10 Writing Tips feature, which proved to be incredibly popular with readers and writers alike. I thought… Continue reading Top 10 Blog Posts of 2019 #Blogging #Top10WritingTips #BookReviews
My Top 5 Favourite Reads of 2019 I’ve struggled with my reading goals for the last couple of years (one of the many annoying side effects of depression). My Goodreads challenge has dropped significantly, and if I manage ten books, it’s worthy of a celebration. Sometimes I’ve started to read but not had the headspace… Continue reading My Top 5 Favourite Reads of 2019 #Fiction #YA #NonFiction
Why Failing at NaNoWriMo is Okay. Hello, I’m Shelley, and I’m a big fat failure! I’m not upset by this statement, and in fact, I find it quite liberating to admit my failures, especially when they’re writing-related. I recently met two lovely A-Level English students, and I felt thoroughly inspired as I listened to their… Continue reading Why Failing at NaNoWriMo is Okay #Writing
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It’s been a few years since I published an opening lines blog post highlighting my favourite novels. To celebrate some of the incredible books I’ve read recently I thought I’d do it again. Feel free to join in and tag me so I can read your posts. Here are eight novels where the opening lines… Continue reading Opening Lines – What hooks a reader? #AmReading