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View this post on Instagram This morning I woke up at 5am without an alarm, and when that happens I know it's because my story is calling me. But because it was so hard yesterday, I ignored it and went back to sleep. And now it's punishing me and won't let me in. Honestly! #amwriting #wordbyword #molasses #workinprogress #writinglife A post shared by

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You’ll notice Clementine Ford has given the front quote for SUMMER SKIN, and that made my whole year because she is a champion in every respect of the word. Anyway, you should also know that she has a book coming out next year, called FIGHT LIKE A GIRL. She speaks more about it in this interview with Pedestrian TV  Read all of it. You

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Look at that – I shouted in the subject line, how rude. But guess what??? The release month for SUMMER SKIN has been confirmed. To celebrate, I’ve put it in my tag cloud. Massive plot hint: it’s incredibly apt that it sits next to ‘sex’ in aforementioned tag cloud. (Come to think of it, I don’t think I ever formally announced the title anywhere here

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So, I’m on a movie jag at the moment, and I feel the need to throw this one out there because I’m so perplexed! I cannot understand the wave of bile this film attracted. I didn’t have any expectations, but it’s a shitload better than the trailer suggested it would be. Let’s shortcut the whole thing and say it like this: maybe we need

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From the mouths of babes

Last night my five-year-old said to me: “My favourite coach on The Voice is the girl, and my favourite coach on So You Think You Can Dance* is the girl, but there is only one girl and three boys, so that’s not fair.”

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The big, ugly invisible issue

Thanks to an excellent review post by Alpha Reader, I’ve just read this article: Sex Education: far from decent, and also a related article which discusses the extent to which violent pornography is now accessed on a regular basis by regular teenagers. No. More than that, it argues that porn is now our main sex educator, during a period in which porn content has become

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Where are the girl animals?

So I’ve got 2 daughters, both very young, both big readers (okay, listeners – although they can recite whole sections of Dr Seuss off by heart) … Anyway, I just read this post by Max Barry, talking about what’s lacking in children’s fiction. Using dogs and smurfs to illustrate his point, Mr Barry sums it up beautifully … See what you think.    

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During the lockdown our local library took to delivering books in person. They arrived in cool bags that are now going to be my shopping bags (unless they want them back).⁣

It was so nice to have a visitor, but…

You know how in stories there are magic helpers? In life, I think a magic helper is someone who comes for a walk when you feel yuck, or says yes when you ring up to say you need to go dancing (which isn’t to say…

Rollers have #skatepalette (swipe for an example by the youngest) so I am doing #bookpalette. Feel free to join in or just leave me hanging. ⁣

I thought I would start with my #1 favourite. ⁣

It is the best story…

Happy Mother’s Day! This is my mum and her tractor. She taught me how to drive it and when the time comes we shall teach my daughters. Such are the mysterious connections that bind generations of women. ⁣

PS You…

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