“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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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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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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