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Keeping Up with the Literary Joneses (or The Tyranny of the TBR)

Before I joined Twitter and started blogging (both less than two years ago) I had never even come across the term TBR (To Be Read).  Once I’d finished reading the novel for my monthly book group, I’d take a casual look on my shelves (always well stocked because the book stall at the school jumble … Continue reading

Warning – You are about to enter The Cliché Zone

Enough of the serious stuff – it’s silly season.  The Literary Sofa is usually all about good fiction and good writing – you’ve heard about my Best Books of 2012, you’ve seen my Fiction Hot Picks for 2013, but my final blogpost of the year is dedicated to a subject which doesn’t normally get a … Continue reading

What Makes a Sexy Fictional Hero?

This post is a bit of fun.  Do not even think about taking it seriously. When I first had the idea of writing about sexy fictional heroes, I was concerned that it might appear frivolous.  So I took one of my regular soundings on Twitter and got a response that was, well, enthusiastic to say … Continue reading

Write What You Know?

There are many sayings about writing and almost as many clichés, the number one surely being ‘There’s a novel in everyone.’ I’m not getting into that. This is about that other old chestnut ‘Write What You Know’ (WWYK), usually attributed to Mark Twain (although I’m happy to hear he didn’t particularly follow it).  I’ve always instinctively … Continue reading

Literary Taste – Who’s to Judge?

Last week, while the Chair of the 2012 Man Booker Prize judges Peter Stothard was claiming that book bloggers are ‘harming literature’, I was busy sifting through the incredibly diverse and original ‘Best Book I’ve Read This Year’ entries in the competition to celebrate my first year doing just that. Blogging about books, that is. … Continue reading

Online Book Reviews – The Good, the Bad and the Downright Nasty

I’m writing this piece from a slightly uncomfortable position on the fence that separates readers and writers.  I am most definitely a reader, of 32 novels in the first half of this year to be precise, so if I keep it up I’ll easily smash last year’s record.   I also think of myself as a … Continue reading

Taking No Prisoners – My View of Fifty Shades of Grey

Warning:  This article makes reference to sexually explicit material. By the time I finished the first chapter of E L James’s Fifty Shades of Grey, two things were clear:  everything I’d heard about the writing was true, and it wasn’t going to be a long read.  One of these was regrettable, the other a blessed relief.  I’m not … Continue reading

A World Away – Geographical Settings in Fiction

Every time I write a new piece for my blog I end up with ideas for two or three more!  I’m now compiling my Top 10 Summer Reads listing (coming 18 May) and I’m aiming to include a wide variety of settings from Australia to England; coastal, city, country.  This got me thinking about how important … Continue reading

Lucky 7 – Seven Lines from New Works

I returned from my lovely trip to the South of France to find I’d been tagged by Jane Rusbridge in the Lucky 7 – Seven Lines from New Works.  Here are the rules if you’re not familiar with it: Go to page 7 or 77 in your current manuscript · Go to line 7 · … Continue reading

A Real Character – Or in this Case, Me

Spring is here and it’s almost time to make a start on my second novel – if nothing else it will take my mind off what’s going to become of the first one, which is currently ‘out there’ in search of its destiny.  For me, writing a book starts with character: this time the main one came first … Continue reading

My Novel – Now out in paperback

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