Book Review: Smoke and Bone – The Grisha Series

Finished the first book in The Grisha series – Smoke and Bone. Although not a particular fan of the MC, Alina, who was too whiny and self-pitying for my liking (Think Fanny Price type from Mansfield Park), the world of Ravka was easy to sink into. The Kingdom of Ravka was split in two when the shadow fold […]

Book Review: The Elemental Mysteries Series

Wanted to post up another review on Elizabeth Hunter’s excellent Paranormal Romance series: The Elemental Mysteries. Have now read the others too; This Same Earth, The Force of Wind and A Fall of Water. Just wanted to exclaim – they are excellent! We become well travelled with B and Gio in the series – in the second […]

Characterful Settings

I’ve been reading some of Chekhov’s short stories (love them), but one of the things that struck me reading them was how wonderfully the characters interact with their environment. Their thoughts, emotions and outlooks infuse the landscape and the setting in turn reflects them and their story so powerfully, making everything richer. For example in ‘The […]

A Hidden Fire: Book Review

Although not YA, the genre I am writing in at the moment, I still wanted to share a review of A Hidden Fire by Elizabeth Hunter; a Paranormal Romance novel I read a little while ago. It is the first book in a series of four, The Elemental Mysteries. Enter: Dr Giovanni Vecchio, a bookish, handsome, mysterious, Italian academic. […]

Cinder: YA Book Review

Wanted to start sharing some reviews about the YA fantasy novels I’ve been reading lately.  I’ll start with the most recent first, Cinder by Marissa Meyers. It is the first book in the Lunar Chronicles. Starting out, I wasn’t sure how much would be original or unique, but Meyer crafts the futuristic world of New […]

Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain

I’d like to throw the limelight on the figure who lurks in the shadows of novels like the wizard of Oz behind the curtain. The narrative voice. A few books I’ve read lately lend themselves to the analysis of voice, that  diction that imbues the landscape of the novel with its unique tones and hues. I’ve found myself ruminating […]

Setting: Sea, diving and inspiration

I have woefully neglected blogging of late, but may reasonably be excused as I’ve been away on holiday for a while. Nothing like a change of scene to give you food for thought and writing fodder. A scuba diving holiday has done just that and I thought I’d get back to the writing by sharing […]

The Threshold of Redrafting

I believe I have recently made a stride along the long, often wearisome road that is Writer’s Way. Learning from a previous foray into the world of literary representation: I redrafted, edited, formatted and sought a professional critique and report on the opening section of my new novella. My previous attempts, a few years ago, found […]

The Consciousness of Character

I’ve been working on exercises on crafting characters last week. I finally treated myself to a book I’ve been hankering to get my hands on to. I’d like to say it’s because it was recommended to me, which is the case, but as well as this, its the appropriateness of the title: Take your Characters to Dinner with you […]

A walk in the Past

After umming and ahhing about whether to start this blog for a few months, I finally gave in; for as we all know even unpublished authors should build a web presence. After researching and discussing it on writer’s forums and with friends and family, the thing that swayed me was realising that I could furnish […]