How I grew my Twitter following in 4 easy steps

Twitter is a tricky beast; out of all the social media platforms, it was the one I had the most difficulty with.

IMG_0899As you may have noticed I can talk for Britain, getting me to shut up is an art form in and of itself, so when confronted with such a limited amount of characters I struggled. I’m strict with myself in my fiction and nonfiction writing, reading and re-reading and re-reading again, eliminating every unnecessary word but social media is usually where I am less restrained. I see social media as a way to actually connect with people, and my first thoughts were that I couldn’t be my genuine self if I were limiting myself so much.

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‘In The Shadows’ Appears in The Horror Zine

The Horror Zine is now on sale!

My Short Story ‘In The Shadows’ appears within!

Since 2009, The Horror Zine has published exceptional 51nIxFSuZnL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_horror fiction by emerging talent and today’s leading authors. Editor Jeani Rector selects only the most inventive and captivating tales for each issue.

In addition to short fiction, The Horror Zine features amazing poetry and artwork. Now The Horror Zine brings yo
u the dark delights from the ezine into a print magazine.

The Summer 2017 issue features James Ward Kirk, Justin Boote, Geoff Nelder, Peter Ferguson Swarr, Liz McAdams, Jonathan Chapman, Aspen deLaney, Ariana Carlso
n, Shawn P. Madison, Donald Glass, Katie Marie, Joseph Rubas, David Draper, Gerald E. Sheagren, Emily Jones, David Subacchi, Mathias Jansson, Teresa Frazee, John Frazee, Charles Gramlich, Denny E. Marshall, Edmund Stone, Eve Dobbins, Ashby McGowan, Robert Beveridge, Tony Daly, Christopher Hivner, Lori R. Lopez, Stephanie Smith, NajuZaith Zahell, Kim Lennard, Vitaly S. Alexius, Shahan Keuork, Anna Pitkänen, DarkSena and Dimitra Papadimitriou.

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New Covers!

I’ve recently discovered Canva and have been playing around making blog headers and facebook adverts for LawCat. I even had a go at designing some book covers for the upcoming legal guides that will start to become available for purchase in the next few months.

I was finishing off a design when I had the bright idea to redesign some of my fiction book covers.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on them!

Character Study: Ophelia

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While writing my upcoming novel Ghoul, I created a character designed to serve the function of a ‘talking head’ aka someone for Mya, the protagonist, to bounce ideas off. However, I understand talking heads are bad, they result in clunky dialogue that’s obviously just exposition in the form of dialogue. So, with that in mind I tried to turn my talking head into a semi-developed character with her own goals and motivations.

I made this character a Sphinx. I’ve always been fond of a bit of Egyptian mythology, as those who read Amenti will have noticed, and it didn’t take me long to decide where in London my Sphinx would live. She promptly moved into the Egyptian walk of Highgate Cemetery.

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Four Habits of Successful Writers

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All great writers have habits.

Good habits and bad ones. I am by nature a creature of habit, usually, if I can do something for about a month (maybe 2) then I will do it forever unless someone stops me. So naturally I became very interested in writing habits, and how to form good ones. I’ve spent a lot of time researching to emulate the best practices and make myself a better writer.

Today I am going to list my top 5 for you.

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Visiting my character’s home.

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This weekend I’m doing something I have never done before.

I’m visiting a location in one of my upcoming novels.

Most of my novels and short stories are set in fictional places, towns and cities that don’t exist. But Ghoul is set in London. Mya spends her days sleeping under the cemeteries and her nights roaming the streets, tunnels and rooftops of the city. A ghoul living in the Capital.

While the novel is only half way through its first major edit (there is so much work that needs to be done, there are days when I despair). I feel like some day it might be something awesome and I want to help it get there. So I’m going to visit Mya’s home in an effort to learn more about it and craft the setting as well as I possibly can.

Mya and her clan live under Highgate Cemetery in a colony they call the Necropolis, while I cannot go under the Cemetery (eww) I can go through it. I can visit the places in the cemetery that have meaning to my story, walk in the footsteps of my character and see, smell and hear what she would. It’s a unique experience for me and I’m very much looking forward to it.

Expect pictures! Lots and lots of pictures.

Of graves.

Nonfiction Editing

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As I said at the end of last month, to stop myself losing momentum on my ‘goals’ for the year I am writing a little review of my progress at the end of each month. This report is supposed to show that I’m on track and (hopefully) stop me from getting fed up and grumpy that things never seem to happen as fast as I would like.

But while this might be beneficial to me, it’s annoying as hell to read.

So, I’ve had a rethink and have decided to post a thoughtful little something-or-other based on something that has happened during the month.

This month’s topic …. Nonfiction and editing.

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