Location: Auckland, New Zealand Date of birth: 1965 Websites: www.christinehurst.com www.pricklycat.com More than 80% of us say we want to write a book, but less than 1% actually do. And of this 1%, a scarily minute amount are actually published (the figures are so small, it’s best not to think about it). Christine is a rare creature: she… Continue reading INTERVIEW: Christine Hurst ~ Children’s Writer
INTERVIEW: Eli Trier ~ Writer, Artist, Coach
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark Date of birth: 1981 Qualifications: Degree in Literature & Art History Website: www.elitrier.com One day Eli Trier had a brilliant idea. Suffering with depression, she had started writing down all the things she was grateful for in her life in the hope that it would lift her spirits. But she wanted to do… Continue reading INTERVIEW: Eli Trier ~ Writer, Artist, Coach
The crossroads of SHOULD and MUST
The image above is by Elle Luna, author of The Crossroads of Should and Must. She says that every day we arrive at a crossroads. There are two options: the path of SHOULD and the path of MUST. SHOULD is all the expectations we, and others, put on ourselves. MUST is who we deeply are.… Continue reading The crossroads of SHOULD and MUST
April ’One Book a Month’: Feeling like a kid again
This month’s One Book a Month task was extremely arduous. I walked three minutes from my front door and went to Emsworth’s only bookshop Bookends. (It's a second hand bookshop but it’s an independent business and, like I said, it's the only bookshop in the village, so it counts!) One of the things I love most… Continue reading April ’One Book a Month’: Feeling like a kid again
My next book
It's been four months since I finished writing Oh Sugar! and now that I've recharged my batteries, I'm itching to write my second book! The question is, what should I write next? Like most writers, I have ideas coming out of my ears. There’s my children’s novel, for starters. But there are also three non-fiction ideas buzzing round in my… Continue reading My next book
Writing a Book (Part 8): What happens when you’ve wanted to be an author all your life and you finally see a copy of your first published book?
Today was a day much like any other EXCEPT for one remarkable thing: a nice chap from the editorial team presented me with a copy of my first ever published book Oh Sugar! So... what happens when you’ve wanted to be an author all your life and you see a printed copy of your book for the… Continue reading Writing a Book (Part 8): What happens when you’ve wanted to be an author all your life and you finally see a copy of your first published book?
Which books earn the most money?
The best book to write is the one you really want to write. (There’s not much point in forcing yourself to write a book about a disgruntled fairy when your whole being yearns to write a dark thriller set in some grimy seaside town!) But it's interesting to see which type of books earn authors the most… Continue reading Which books earn the most money?
The pain of being a writer
As a writer, no one understands my pain…my frustration...my anguish…my torment…except Snoopy, who is a dude of the highest proportions:
Alien spotted hovering near my blog
While we were away in the Lake District I received two emails bearing good news. The first email was from the Quest Institute telling me I had passed my Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma. Finally, my 6 weeks of round-the-clock googly-eyed working-my-arse-off on the computer paid off! Pheeew. However my celebrations were overshadowed by the next piece… Continue reading Alien spotted hovering near my blog
Keep doing your thing
We are now entering the supreme self-doubt zone (i.e. it’s the fourth week since posting my manuscripts to the publisher). No reply. What does this mean? Have they read them? Or are they buried in a mountain of paper on a desk somewhere? Worse, maybe they’ve read my stories but are now so weak from… Continue reading Keep doing your thing