The Sudden Appearance of Hope

Sudden Appearance of Hope

Guys guys guys guys I wrote a book!! Um.  Yes.  Well.  Specifically I wrote this book…. It’s about a lass called, surprisingly, Hope.  She’s got a wee problem – no one can remember her.  She can do stuff, go places, chat to strangers and interact with the world, but the second people turn their backs on her they begin to forget that she was ever there.  Naturally this makes certain aspects of her life – work, friendship, family, love – kinda tricky.  On the plus side she is a consummate thief. Without wanting to spoil too much, Stuff Happens.  While …

Continue reading

Swimathon 2016!!!!

The Red Herrings

GUYS GUYS GUYS I’m doing a Swimathon again! This time it’s as much my fault as my usual training buddy, who last year kinda sorta bullied me into doing one for Marie Curie.  The Marie Curie Swimathon was a) good fun but also b) it felt really good to be raising money for a cause I strongly support, so this year I kinda went looking for the Swimathon again and bullied my mate into it and… … well… … here we are.  The Red Herrings are back. This time, however, we’re raising money for Sports Relief.  I had to do …

Continue reading

Two Writers Meet In A Bar….

Seriously. I have so much time for gormless tall creatures like myself...

“Hi, I’m [Bob].” “Hi, I’m Cat!  Lovely to meet you!  What brings you to this book event?” “I’m soon to be a published writer.” “That’s great!  Who are you published by?” “Meccadodo publishing.” “Cool!  What sort of stuff do you write?” “Epic YA high urban paranormal fantasy with a psychological twist to make it really speak to our present day society and issues of mental health, with vampire elves and a magic sword.” “Awesome.  I didn’t realise Meccadodo did that kinda thing…” “They don’t usually.  I’m one of their newest writers on a brand new list.  They’re very excited.” “That’s …

Continue reading

Novellas in November

hand

Novellas, novellas!  Whoopee and hurrah there are some novellas coming yaaaayyy! And they look really pretty…. As books what I have written go, I think these are kinda ok!  They’re out in ebook in early November or, if you’re like me and don’t really do the ebook thing, then they’re also out as one complete volume on audiobook read by the always-awesome Peter Kenny.  They’re all separate novellas, set a few hundred years apart, but they’re also all kinda part of the same over-arching narrative thingy, so um… yeah… go read!  And hopefully – enjoy!

How Editors Might Work

hand

This first sample is courtesy of the wonderful Ellen, from Orbit US, and expresses one way in which editors have very occassionally been known to function namingnonamesahem…. And then of course, at the other end of the spectrum, this: With of course my agent’s favourite ever video of all time to round things off: