Category Archives: Authorial voice

A very good review?

Every author loves a good review. We all wish that every one of the readers of our books would give us at least 3 stars and say something nice about our writing. Apart from anything else, good reviews on Amazon … Continue reading

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Story-tellers

There’s one big plus to living in the depths of the country: everyone who calls, however routinely, is always ready for a cup of tea and a chat. That’s something I miss now we’ve moved to the city. There was … Continue reading

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Queen of the Road— new edition!

For those who like ‘real’ books, Queen of the Road, sequel to Family Business, is now available as a paperback here

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Ruthless Revision

I should have known it was mistake. Being married to a man with an aversion to history, and no historical sense at all, is not perhaps ideal for a writer of historical novels. What’s more, I never, ever, let anyone … Continue reading

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We are what we wear?

‘Mabels’, they used to be called, at least when (as Caroline Martin) I was being published by Mills and Boon back in the late 70s/early 80s. That stood for ‘Mills and Boon in a Long Skirt’, which was the publishers’ … Continue reading

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Taming the ‘wild child’

Bestselling author Wendy Robertson calls it the ‘wild child’. A good name, I think, for the impulse a writer draws on for the first draft of a new novel. Wendy herself does her first drafts in longhand, with pen and … Continue reading

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Dark times in Durham?

It’s said to be the nation’s favourite building. I’m lucky enough to live a brisk walk away from it, and to wander past it or through it at least once a week. It also has a part to play in … Continue reading

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Disciplined writing

There’s one thing I’ve known almost as long as I’ve been a writer: you must make time for writing. I guess every writer has experienced that moment when someone met by chance, learning what you do, says ‘I could write … Continue reading

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A good read!

It’s counter-intuitive, I know, blogging about someone else’s novel on my own author website. But having just finished reading my Christmas gift of ‘Acts and Omissions’ by Catherine Fox, I just HAD to recommend it. Not to everyone: if you’re … Continue reading

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The critical self-publisher?

Does self-publishing make one more critical of one’s own writing? Or is that something that inevitably comes with age and experience? Maybe it’s simply that most of the books I’ve recently self-published were written long ago (and formerly published by … Continue reading

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