Writer of historical fiction, blogger, mum, pet lover :)


July 28, 2017

New Book Covers

My new book covers arrived this week and I’m more than thrilled with them! At the Joanna Penn seminar recently ( she’ s a successful self published author) , one piece of advice she gave was to choose different covers, to add a new dimension, thus new readers and sales. I wanted to go with a more edgy contemporary look, and I’m pleased with the final result.

I used Canva to search for the right image. They have hundreds, nay thousands of images you can use.

Next, to find a cover for my next book! The Tourmaline Bracelet is set for release August 2017 📚


I have found, to my delight, a new magazine at my local bookstore; Womankind. I’ts packed with interesting articles, quotes and current affairs stories pertaining to women. It’ s for women, about women, and should be read by women !

A particular article drew my attention, and I had to share. It’s called Daydreaming and Creativity and has a fab quote as a tagline:

It is the daydreamers of this world who will create something great”

This line resonated do much with me! As a child, I was told (by teachers and my parents alike) that my head was always ‘in the clouds,’ that I ‘never paid attention’ in class, and I was a ‘daydreamer.’

As a writer, my life is made of tales and stories in my head; of daydreaming at odd moments of the day, and of seemingly ‘vague and uninterested’ when an idea for my character/plot/ event in one of my books is formulating.

So, to all those who feel they are daydreamers, I say – dream on !

Have a lovely weekend, fellow bloggers 😊📚

Why a bad protagonist is actually quite good #writing #amwriting

The Writing Chimp

I am a big fan of protagonists with dubious character traits. There is something about a blurry line that adds flavour and depth. In fact, if the protagonist was to stop and consider themselves, they might think they were on the wrong side of that invisible virtuous line.

So in short, I like my protagonists…to be bad.

Why is a less than perfect protagonist good?

If you are the kind of person who goes to the gym 5 days a week, then going 5 days a week is no big thing. BUT, if you struggle to go once a week, then 5 days in a row is pretty impressive! And so with our protagonist. The more reluctant they are, and the more doing something good or heroic chafes, the more interesting it is when they are finally forced to comply.

As a reader, the more confused you are about the protagonists virtue, the more the…

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A Man Called Ove: A Review

Mary Clark, Writer

A Man Called OveIn A Man Called Ove, Fredrik Backman writes about people who are at odds with modern rules, and he does so by ignoring, even flaunting, modern rules of writing. And it was glorious! Wonderful! He portrays people who don’t fit into society as it is presently constructed, so it makes sense he tears up the rules when writing about them. In this way he can tell the story of the old-fashioned Ove, for whom the rules are an undue burden, and the immigrant Parveneh, who recognizes the rules but for whom reality is a very flexible thing.

What are these rules of writing? Let me name a few. First, there’s the prohibition against using similes and metaphors. How did this start? From what I can tell, George Orwell said, don’t use similes. Now this has become orthodoxy. Backman deals with this by exchanging the word “like” with “as…

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