Peak Performance

I can’t believe it. We’re almost halfway through 2019. Feels like I haven’t done much these past few months, but I try to measure writing progress in more than output. Thinking time is also writing time, although a working writer needs it on the page. Deadlines help, but if you’re writing on spec you have […]

My 2018

The Helsinki Bus Station Theory If any writer’s roller-coaster emotional journey could be plotted on a graph, it would probably look like a sin wave, or like the knee-jerk stock-exchange pic I’ve attached to this post.  Writer, do you ever feel like one of those air-filled man-balloons dancing crazily outside gas stations? Yeah, probably all […]

Flat Squirrel Book

It’s out! FLAT SQUIRREL My new book for middle graders, and for grown-ups who never grew up. I had a lot of fun writing it, although there were the tough bits of nailing the story logic and making the prose readable. You’ll find it in the Troubador Bookshop and on Amazon dot com and dot […]

Four Stars for Far Out

Big Al’s Books & Pals Top indie review site, Big Al’s Books & Pals, awarded four stars for Far Out. You can imagine how Saffron feels about that, probably the same as I do. Far Out is a YA fantasy about 17 year-old Saffron, whose ambition is to become a herbalist and create cosmetic and healing […]

Writing Fiction

Announcing the publication of my new book, Writing Fiction – What I Wish I’d Known When I Started. I’ve been pounding away at this game for over ten years, now, like the rest of the world. Everyone will tell you, even editors, if they have time to couch a rejection in a soothing salve, will […]

Costa Rica Screenwriting Retreat with Jacob Krueger

Costa Rica has been on my bucket list for decades. When I saw this opportunity to combine Costa Rica with screenwriting, I couldn’t resist. To be honest, I felt a bit daunted to launch off into the unknown. I spent the whole flight worrying about whether I had the right country because sometimes people say […]

Gates of Hades The Movie

Open The Gates of Hades please pay the boatman here, for your ride to hell Update June 28 2016 Are you ready to meet your fate? The Gates of Hades are open. Prepare to meet your doom! LOL. But before you go, please support me in making my first ever feature movie. We’ve kicked off our […]

Costa Book of The Year Award 2015

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge has won one of the UK’s top literary prizes, the Costa Book of The Year 2015. Frances beat strong contenders with her children’s book, the first of this genre to win since Philip Pullman’s The Amber Spyglass from the trilogy, His Dark Materials. Frances said she had not at […]