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Last year I wrote a post about deleted scenes in A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald. I got so much feedback about it that I’ve decided to write a post about the deleted scenes in Her Mother’s Secret. Apparently writers don’t often share their deleted scenes but I think it’s really important to understand that nobody begins with the perfect novel; a first draft is an exploration of what the story is and, to truly explore, you have to be prepared to try some things that don’t work. Which is why I’ve decided to open up my Trash in Scrivener and pull…

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You might have seen that I’ve recently been away in Melbourne and Sydney promoting Her Mother’s Secret and that I’ve been doing a few events here in Perth too. So I thought I’d share with you what I got up to, as well as the ins and outs of what an author does on a book tour. Meeting Readers This is the number reason why I like to go over east and do events there and also here in Perth. Meeting readers really is the best. I spend so much of my life stuck in front of my computer, lost…

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I have a fascination for the clothes the characters in my books wear. Fashion and character is something I spend a substantial amount of time researching. Why do I bother? I could easily use that time to do some other more “serious” research; after all, clothes are thought to be fairly trivial items. But they’re not. For me, they’re an essential part of getting the character onto the page. How Clothes Get Character Onto the Page? As a writer, I have four main methods of getting the character to come to life in the reader’s mind: dialogue, action, thought and description. If you’ve…

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Last week, in Part 3 of my blog series about Her Mother’s Secret , I talked about the process of actually writing the book. I finished at the point at which I was about to send it to my editor, thinking it was amazing and wouldn’t need much work in the way of structural editing. Ha! I was very deluded. 19 Pages of Notes I received back from my publisher 19 pages of single-spaced notes for the structural edit. 19 pages! Can I tell you how daunting it is, when you think your book is fabulous, to receive an email…

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Welcome to Part 3 of my blog series taking you behind the covers of Her Mother’s Secret. You can find Part 1 here and Part 2 here. Today’s post is all about the writing process, what I actually did when I sat down to write the book and how easy (or hard!) it really was. Her Mother’s Secret was my fourth book and my second historical novel. I knew what I was doing right? Wrong! In the Beginning … The book covers twenty years, two seperate timeframes and has two different female protagonists. One of those is Leo, who’s trying…

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I’ve said it before, but I love the research. I think, to write historical fiction, you have to. And the research I did for Her Mother’s Secret was fun and fascinating so I thought I’d share with you what I did to make the book come to life, as well as give you an insight into how an author goes about researching historical fiction. This is Part 2 in my series taking you behind the covers of Her Mother’s Secret. You can find Part 1 here. The Cosmetics Industry As the book is about the birth of the cosmetics industry…

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I can’t believe it but it’s only 2 weeks until Her Mother’s Secret will be in stores! So I thought it might be a good time to start sharing something more about the book. Over the next 4 weeks, I’ll be running a series of posts which take you behind the book covers, and tell you a little about where the idea for Her Mother’s Secret came from, the research process, the writing process and much more. This week is all about the inspiration behind the book. For me, it’s never one thing that inspires a book. It’s always a few things,…

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And not just any book cover. A BEAUTIFUL book cover. I hope you love it as much as I do and I hope Her Mother’s Secret proves itself worthy of having such a gorgeous cover too! No surprises that this week’s blog post is all about choosing a book cover. Choosing a Book Cover: The Start of the Process The first part of the process is really all in the publisher’s hands. They choose the cover designer and send them a brief. Some publishers might ask you for input into the brief; I’m very lucky in that my publisher and…

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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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Things have been a little quiet on the blog over the last month. As well as finishing up the second draft of The Seamstress from Paris, which I’m hoping will be my 2018 book, I’ve also just finished the copy edit for Her Mother’s Secret, which will be published by Hachette on March 28, 2017. Hurray! So I thought it might be a good time to blog about what a copy edit is, what a copy editor does, what the author does with the copy edit, and why it makes your book so much better. What is a Copy Edit?…

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