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It’s been a month of reflection. I blogged last week about the things I’ve learned this year since A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald was published, which in turn made me think about everything I’ve learned since my first book came out in 210. And it’s a lot! So this week’s post is all about the things I’m glad I’ve learned along the way, and which I hope might be useful for others starting out on their journeys. 1. Never Compare Yourself to Others Comparison truly is the thief of joy. There is nothing more demoralising than looking at what another writer…

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It’s been a big year. A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald was published on April 26 and it’s so gratifying to walk into bookshops and see that it’s still on the shelf. I’ve learned a lot over the last six months since it was published and I thought I’d share my four biggest learnings with you. Enjoy Each Moment In the months before A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald was published, lots of people said things to me like: “you must be dying for April to arrive” and “I bet you just want it to be April right now”. But I didn’t.…

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For me, getting the heroine right in my novels is the most important thing of all. The heroine is the heart and soul of my book, she is the way readers connect with the story, she is the thing that hopefully lives on in the reader’s mind after they’ve closed the pages. So I thought I’d write a 3 part blog series all about heroines in fiction, starting with why compelling heroines are so important, moving on to how I write them, including tips for writers wanting to get engaging heroines into their stories, and finishing off with my favourite fictional…

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I’ve become a big fan of audiobooks over the last year. I started using audiobooks with the kids on the drive to school to avoid the whinging and fighting and it worked a charm: dead silence in the backseat for the duration. They’ve worked their way through all of Roald Dahl, then moved onto the legendary Stig Wemyss voicing all of Andy Griffiths’ books, and we’ve just started on Alice-Miranda and the Famous Five. I started with the big guns: Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life which had me sobbing onto the steering wheel on a long drive from Margaret River…

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I’ve been reading quite a few opening chapters of manuscripts lately and one thing that seems to come up a lot is the ability to manage the actual story, versus backstory. As writers, we all want to welcome the reader into our book. The best way to do this is to immerse the reader in a story. Backstory can get in the way of this. Which begs the question: how to deal with backstory and why is it such a problem? What is Backstory? Let’s start at the beginning. Backstory is anything that isn’t part of the actual scene that is happening on…

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Why would a writer write a scene only to delete it later? Surely you’d have to be crazy to do any such thing? Well, maybe I am crazy but I can tell you that plenty of scenes get written and then deleted in the writing process. I thought that in today’s post I’d talk about why writers might delete scenes and I’ll also show you a couple of deleted scenes in A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald. 1. Scenes That Don’t Have a Purpose When I start writing a book, I don’t really know what the story is. So I often write…

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A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald has now been out for a month. I thought it might be interesting to reflect on what happens after a book is published; successes, the life of an author during the first month after a book comes out, and how I’ve felt. So, What Does an Author Do in the Month After Launch? Besides panic, what I’ve spent a lot of time doing is visiting bookstores and doing events. Visiting bookstores is a great way to find out, from the people who spend their days selling books, what kind of reception the book is having, how…

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I thought it might be fun to take you a little further behind the scenes of A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald and show you some of the images that inspired the dresses and costumes that are referred to in the book. This is one of the things I love about researching; I’m pretty fond of clothes myself, and to have to sit and look at images of gorgeous things from the 1920s never really feels like work! So here’s a selection of beautiful things from the book. Evie as Queen of the Night In the prologue of A Kiss from Mr…

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Welcome to Part 4 of my blog series all about the journey of bringing A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald to a bookstore near you. Part 1 of the series was all about where the idea for the book came from and you can find it here, Part 2 was all about the process of writing the book and you can find it here, and Part 3 was all about what happens to a manuscript after it reaches the publisher and you can find that here. Part 4 is all about choosing a book cover; how and why did we choose…

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I have some beautiful postcards that I’d love to send out to you. All you have to do is take a shelfie of A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald in a bookstore, or a picture of A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald on your own bookshelf or in your favourite reading chair, or clutched in your hand. Feel free to use your imagination! How to Win Post your photo on social media and make sure you tag me and use the #kissfitz hashtag so I know you’ve taken the shelfie. You can post pics on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Each week until June 5th,…

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