“I had nothing to lose and sometimes that makes you brave enough to try.”

There are two things that unite all writers regardless of genre – crippling self-doubt and rejection. And it doesn’t matter how brilliant you are, you WILL be rejected by someone. Perhaps by agents and publishers, followed by critics and then the ones who really matter – the readers. But what if rejection starts before then? Writing is hard. It takes courage,…

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Workspace, shmurkspace

Someone asked me what my writing space was like the other day… ‘MWAH HA HA!’ I cried, trying not to spit my tea across the room, ‘what writing space??’ I’m lucky if I can find my laptop amidst a sea of crap. Still, in the spirit of magnanimity, I have posted a picture of said area to appease said friend…

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My name’s Catherine and I’m a bookaholic

I saw a funny cartoon online yesterday. It depicted a bleary-eyed woman emerging from her crumpled bed sheets captioned, ‘The morning after the book before’. I actually laughed out loud, not least because I AM that woman who gets so addicted to a book that I can’t put it down. Because of this I have to ration my prose. And god help…

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Welcome to my new site!

I decided the old one needed a revamp (much like my face after a sickness bug befalls the pre-schooler) and I need more space to add book reviews and family/lifestyle stuff. That’s right, folks, i’m expanding! Feel free to have a nose around. The first of my book reviews will be posted shortly, and what better way to start than with the latest offering by the…

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My Imagination Vacation

And what a marvellous thing it is too. Except when you’ve sprinted out of the house, mid-scene, to collect your kids and now one of your lovely mummy friends is trying to engage you in light chitchat in the school playground. You stare at her blankly as you try to process simple terms such as ‘play dates’ and ‘cake sales’.…

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Fifty Shades of Distraction

I LOVED Fifty Shades of Grey. Boom. There I said it. Yes, the sex scenes are a bit yawn and I can sort of see why all the feminists are up in arms but it’s got that clever little spark that always reels me in. I like to call it the ‘love connection hook’. I’m sure there’s some fabulously technical term for it in the publishing world but that’s what works for me.

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