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What a difference a year makes! I remember vividly, during the school holidays last summer, sitting at my kitchen bench, furiously working away on something on my laptop, and being interrupted by one of my three lovely children for the millionth time. I remember shutting the lid of the laptop, (I can’t remember if I answered my child’s question or not though!) and putting my head in my hands and wondering what the hell I was doing. My Mini Crisis of Confidence Why was I working so damn hard during the holidays – when my kids wanted my undivided attention…

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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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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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Welcome to Part 3 of my blog series about how A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald was transformed, through much hard work, fear and fun, from a little idea and into a real, live book. You can read Part 1 here, and Part 2 here if you want to know more about the inspiration behind the book and the actual writing process. This week’s post is all about how a book gets published: what happens after a publisher accepts a manuscript and why does it all seem to take so bloody long?! I signed my publishing contract on 12 March, 2015.…

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Last week I began a 4 part blog series all about how A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald became a published book. I started with this post on where the idea came from and this week I’m going to talk about the writing process: how I took that idea and turned it into a draft that was ready to submit to an agent. So, if you read last week’s post, you’ll know that, before I began writing, I had the idea about what Evie, my main character wanted to do—to be one of the first university trained female obstetricians in New…

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Over the next 4 weeks, in the lead up to the launch of A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald (can you believe it’s only 4 weeks away??!!!!) I thought I’d run a 4 part series where I share a bit about how A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald came to life, from it’s very basic beginnings as a scrap of an idea, to a draft of a book that attracted the interest of an agent, to a living, breathing, actual book that people will be able to buy very soon! The Emily Dickinson Connection The beginnings of the idea for A Kiss…

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