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My new novel SCENT – Cover reveal and opening pages

I said I had something exciting for this week and here it is: the cover of my new novel Scent, which will be published in the UK on 1 April 2021.  I am absolutely thrilled with it and very grateful to talented designer Jamie Keenan and my publishers Sarah Beal and Kate Beal at Muswell … Continue reading

Back on the Sofa

This is just a quick hello and update as you haven’t heard from me in a while and it’s lovely that the blog is still getting readers and new followers despite my absence.  I hope you are coping OK in these times of fear, frustration and rage, and for many, terrible hardship and sadness.  It’s … Continue reading

Too much information: blurbs, reviews and spoilers

As I mentioned at the start of the year, I’m taking a relaxed approach to the blog in the run-up to my Spring Spotlight on 11 March.  At the moment top priority goes to a pitch for a project I can’t talk about and preparing material for a retreat I’m leading in a few weeks’ … Continue reading

Two books about three women

One of the scariest things about writing is realising that you have no say over how anyone interprets or receives your work – the reader encounters any narrative through the prism of their own knowledge, beliefs and life experience. Nothing has brought this home to me more than readers seeing all kinds of interesting things … Continue reading

Publication News – SCENT, spring 2021

For those who haven’t heard, I’m thrilled to return to the Sofa with the news that my second novel Scent will be released by independent publisher Muswell Press in spring 2021 – and for those who do know, here’s a bit more about it.  Yesterday was such an exciting and emotional day when the acquisition … Continue reading

The notebook, the craft and the long hard graft

Firstly, thanks so much to everyone who entered the Literary Lunch competition and a big welcome to new subscribers. The number of entries topped all previous years and once again resulted in a brilliant and eclectic list of book recommendations.  Next week I’ll publish them in list form and you can join me in picking … Continue reading

Autumn 2019 on the Literary Sofa

Hope you’ve had a great summer. This is a quick post to say that the Sofa is back in business after the break (although if you missed Charlie Fletcher’s wonderful Writers on Location piece on the Outer Hebrides which magically appeared last week, do check it out) and an update on what I’ve been doing. … Continue reading

Guest Author – Peter Papathanasiou – Resilience on the road to publication

Five years ago, a friend asked if I’d be willing to meet up with a Greek-Australian writer who was new to London and the UK publishing scene and share a few tips. That writer is today’s Sofa guest Pete Papathanasiou, who joins me with the final post in my Summer Reads line-up just ahead of … Continue reading

Update from the Sofa

I hope regular readers will excuse my unscheduled absence from the Sofa these last few weeks – it’s been more chained-to-desk than lounging around for me lately but there’s lots of good stuff to update you on. Firstly, a very big thank you to everyone who voted for me in the Saboteur Awards – I … Continue reading

Guest Author – Helen Kitson on Writing about Writers

Today the coverage of my Sofa Spotlight titles continues following my trip to Senegal and I’m delighted to welcome debut novelist and self-described ‘ex-poet’ Helen Kitson, whose novel The Last Words of Madeleine Anderson is amongst the first releases from small independent press Louise Walters Books.  Louise has appeared on the Sofa with each of … Continue reading

My Novel – Now out in paperback