Entries by Sara

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Your editor is on your side

This blog also appeared on the Random House ‘Random Blogs’ website on 6th April 2010 It is always interesting to see how writers respond to editorial guidance. Some are completely open to suggestions, others are not, and there’s a third category who seem to be keen for a critique, but then either don’t like the […]

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When characters get minds of their own

This blog also appeared on the Random House ‘Random Blogs’ website on 5th April 2010 I find it very easy to lose myself in my writing, and once I do, I often feel more like an observer within the story rather than its creator. On coming back from one of these reveries it can seem […]

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Book 2 is complete!

Finally, I have a complete first draft of my new book. It’s called Beneath the Shadows, and it’s a spooky page-turner set on the North Yorkshire moors, as a young woman searches for her husband, who has mysteriously disappeared… Read more here, and keep checking the website for publication updates!

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Cultivating new stories

I’ve reached a very exciting point in my fledgling writing career. With the two novels that have dominated my mind for the last six or seven years now completed, I finally get to let loose all those other little seedlings of ideas for what might make a great story. I’ve already whittled them down to a […]

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BOOK LOVE: The Bark Cutters by Nicole Alexander

Past and present interweave in a story that traces the Gordon family from the arrival of Scottish immigrant Hamish Gordon in the 1850s to the life of his great-granddaughter Sarah, on their family property, Wangallon, in the Australian bush. I was lucky enough to see this debut fiction novel before it was published. An engrossing multi-generational saga set […]

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Perth Writers Festival 2010

I had a fantastic time at the Perth Writers Festival. It was a new experience for me to be on panel discussions, and I am very grateful to Grant Stone, Michael Koryta, Helen Merrick, Liz Byrski and Anita Heiss for making it such a thoroughly enjoyable debut. I very much enjoyed talking about book editing […]