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Christmas Fairs and all that …

What more ideal gift is there to give than a book? Think of it. It’s easy and satisfying to wrap. It suggests careful thought and consideration. And if signed by the author it is particularly personal to the receiver. All of which, of course, is my unsubtle way of drawing your attention to the fact...

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She Wears it Well …

How much do you want to know, as a reader, about what a character is wearing? Is it important for you to feel as familiar with the inside of a protagonist’s wardrobe as you are your own? Probably not. Yet clothes tell us so much about a person. In life outside fiction, that prosaic place...

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How much Information is too much Information..?

Characterisation is obviously key for a writer. All writers. For writers whose novels are character driven rather than dependent upon a page-turning, precipitous plot, this becomes even more vital. But the problem is: how much information do readers want or need? Obviously, if an aspect of physical appearance impacts upon their nature or disposition, knowing...

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Season of Mists and All That …

Dark mornings, brief afternoons, cold nights – the foliage might be spectacular, the chance to pull out the wool sweaters and warm slippers vaguely engaging, but let’s face it: Autumn is a herald only to one thing and confirms that long, bleak months lie in wait for us. So it’s books we can turn to....

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It’s All Made-Up, Anyway …

Writing fiction makes no sense at all. As an occupation that delivers scant financial reward, it is something only a fool would do. Logically, it is absurd to pursue it. After all, what does writing fiction contribute to an author’s well-being? Their sense of worth, stability, equilibrium and peace of mind? Absolutely nothing. Instead, it...

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And the Living is Easy …

Summer. Even the word has a softness about it – the sibilance of the ‘s’ then the two syllables of the word itself. Spring sounds like it is – it’s almost onomatopoeic. The word for the season of spring in Greek is the same as the word for ‘open’ – how appropriate and logical is...

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HEATWAVES – LITERAL AND LITERARY!

The thermometer in the shade on the balcony is displaying just under 40 degrees – yes, we are in the midst of a heatwave in Crete! In all the time I have spent on this magical island over the course of many years and seasons, I have never known such consistent high temperatures. It is...

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SUMMER READING

WHAT TO READ THIS SUMMER …? So that’s it – at last the final lesson has been taught and timetables discarded for the forseeable future and it is time to prepare for a couple of months of freedom – and as we claw back a lot of our sorely lost freedoms this summer it seems...

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COMPETITION NEWS!

July 1st and some exiting competition news to announce – I have just heard that I have been longlisted for REFLEX FICTION’S international summer 2021 flash fiction competition. Out of 521 entries, 48 have been longlisted and all will be published on REFLEX FICTION’S website – one every day between 23rd August and 30th September...