The intention is to post every other Thursday starting on the 16th of January and using the hashtag #writingishard, so do keep an eye out for it. When I post feel free to add to the posts if you have questions or additional useful information that you feel might help people or you need help. Don't be afraid to ask. The idea is for this to be a safe and supportive place. Not a critical one. There is no right or wrong way to write. You have to find what works for you. I will be sharing some of the ways I have found that works for me and the strategies I use. That doesn't necessarily mean they will work for you, but I am a great believer that you never stop learning when you are a writer. I always like to listen to how others do things, as I often find I come away with a useful nugget that I can apply to my writing and improve how I do things.
I am a writer: 10 years ago I wrote young adult fiction, in 2018 Firefly published my debut middle grade novel Flight. When I started at university I thought I wrote for adults. I also dabble in poetry - but nobody ever sees that! I have had a short story published in Citizens of Nowhere.
In 2011 I got a PhD - this was a creative and critical one which included writing a YA novel.
I have lectured in creative writing for thirteen years at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. I also supervise PhDs. I have also lectured in English and children's literature.
I have had the privilege of being involved with the Golden Egg Academy since it started and my wonderful friend Imogen Cooper came to me and said 'I've had an idea, do you want to be involved,'. I am very lucky.
I happen to be disabled - my grandsons call me bionic.
I am a mother (a single parent) and a grandmother. I've been a carer.
I love finding beautiful things in the world and having a good laugh. I also think our lives should have its own musical soundtrack!
I wrote three novels before Flight was picked up.
I am currently working on my second novel with Firefly and also on a sequel to Flight. I love visiting schools and hearing from my young readers, teachers and librarians.
I hope you will join me on this journey and I hope #writingishard can make it a little easier for you.
Let's fill the new decade with lots of positivity
For memories and for happiness, I love this song by McFly