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Inspiration and voice

At Winchester Writers' Festival, my new hero Meg Rosoff compared our minds to colanders. Stuff gets stuck in them. My mind is more like an antiquarian bookshop - I'm not sure what I'll find in there, can't resist sidling between the stacks, and usually find something odd. Camilla's Bookshop, Eastbourne Image by Tony Gaitskell Added to the stacks at Winchester: Inspire your readers by becoming inspired. Hunt for inspiration, in well-loved grounds and unlikely places, hoard it. (Jasper Fforde ). Be intuitive. The best writing comes out without hitting the sides. Just start writing and the things that inspire you will do the rest. (Jasper Fforde). “The questions I asked myself when I was 6, I a

Where the stories are

You’re going to enjoy writing this story. All you need to find is: A character you need to know better e.g. weird guy in the fruit aisle, moonbeast, gadget showing signs of internal motivation. A place and time you want to hang out in (usually for longer than you’re intending to). An incident you keep thinking about: how did that happen and what happens next? Sometimes you’ll find the three all at once. Other times you’ll meet them one by one and introduce them to each other. They might ambush you on the street or in your bed. Often they’re elusive and you have to sneak around looking for them. You might find them hiding inside: The news and magazines (especially the snippets, they love lurk


Reading, writing and smiling

I live in Sussex by the sea, writing stories and novels which are speculative, historical and literary. I blog and tweet about inspiration, happy writing and delicious words. My goal is to share a little everyday magic.


You can find my work in the NonBinary Review, Write Like You're AliveTrue Tales from the Old Hill , Hysteria 6, Everyday Epics, Stories for Homes, and Every Day Fiction.

There are also some tiny fictions on this site which I hope you enjoy.

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Book Reviews

My book reviews are over on Goodreads. I'm always delighted to receive requests from authors. If your book appeals to me I'll buy it, read it and review it. I'd love to hear from you.

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