It’s Greenwich Book Festival!

28 Apr 2016

Greenwich Book Festival 2016I’m doing two events at this lovely, lively festival in beautiful Greenwich, London at the end of May.

How to Get Your Book Published, with Fanny Blake on Saturday 28 May 2016 from 10:30 to 11:30.

This is always a sell-out workshop. Fanny is an incredible authority, a senior publisher for many years, now Woman & Home books editor and a successful novelist. She’s a very good egg – I love running this workshop with her. Read more about the event here.  Buy tickets here for How to Get Your Book Published.

I’m also delighted to be chairing Inside Grip-Lit on Saturday 28 May 12-1pm.

Come and meet marvellous thriller writers Fiona Barton (The Widow), Sam Baker (The Girl Who Ran) & Gillian Slovo (Ten Days). We’ll be exploring what it takes to produce gripping psychological suspense, and how their careers in journalism, magazine editing and playwriting have influenced their novel writing.  Buy tickets here for Inside Grip-Lit 


Kindle offer

8 Apr 2016

Seriously, it’s *99p* this week. That’s basically FREE.

Kindle Offer here 


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The Other Child USA pub day

11 Feb 2016

Well, it has to be official as it’s on the Barnes & Noble ‘New Releases’ table in Washington DC. My lovely writer friend Priya Parmar (author of Vanessa & Her Sister – an amazing novel) snapped this evidence for me, then moved it, obviously, onto the Bestsellers table. That’s what writer friends are for.

The Other Child Barnes & Noble In Barnes & Noble

BBC Oxford Book Club

1 Feb 2016

BBC Oxford’s David Prever has launched The Oxford Book Club online, featuring bite-sized podcasts of Oxford writers, such as Clare MackIntosh or SJ Bolton who come into the studio for a weekly book talk. Here’s my latest choices:

The Oxford Book Club Oxford Book Club

US cover of The Other Child

14 Jan 2016

Other Child US:UK covers So, how different could one book be in two countries? This is fascinating to me. I’d have thought, if you’d asked me to guess, that the slightly garish blue jacket would be American and the intriguing envelope, British, but nope, it’s the other way around. That’s my national stereotypes (ehem, prejudice?) exposed. Let’s hope the tension translates.

It’s published in the US on February 9, 2016.

I’m thinking it’s a great excuse to plan a spring trip to Boston.

Win a free novel writing mentoring session!

2 Oct 2015

‘I write because….’

Are you writing a novel? big writing clubDo you need support, information, a boost? One winner of The Big Writing Competition, launching today, will get a FREE one-to-one mentoring session with me worth £225. Five runners up (UK only for these) win a signed copy each of my new psychological thriller, The Other Child. 

The winner gets:

– expert appraisal of 10 pages of your work in progress
– 1 hour Skype or phone call with me to discuss your writing
– tips on developing your writing career, finding an agent, and getting published

Prize draw will take place during the Big Writing Club’s first session on Monday 5th October at 8pm

To enter, click here and go to my Facebook page  to answer the million dollar question *I write because…….*

The Big Writing Club is the brilliant brain child of Suzy Greaves (editor of Psychologies Magazine​). Click here for more information about the competition and Big Writing 

Want to write a novel? Join The Big Writing Club

1 Oct 2015

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This is for any unpublished writers (do please forward this to any friends who might be interested).

The Big Writing Club is an inspired endeavour just launched by Suzy Greaves (who also happens to be the editor of Psychologies Magazine​) to encourage, support and develop new writing talent.

There are conference calls, tutoring sessions and you can sign up for one-to-one mentoring to develop your writing. There will also be a competition to win a one-to-one mentoring session with me (more details of that coming soon).

Suzy will be interviewing me for the first conference call next Monday, 5 October, 8-9pm. We’re talking about How to Write a Novel (& get it published!). Anyone is welcome to listen in.

#creativewriting #novelwriting #mentoring

To find out more go to The Big Writing Club 

Licensed to Thrill: Blackwell’s Oxford Event:

20 Jul 2015

Nice and close to home (possibly on all levels) – author Clare MackIntosh and I will be at Blackwell’s Oxford discussing how and why we write psychological suspense novels.  Clare is the author of I Let You Go (see

Friday 11th September. 19.00-20.00.

Tickets on sale now: £3 from Blackwell’s Oxford. email:

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One week to go….

27 May 2015


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and the books arrived, very handily matching my flowers:

The Other Child book stack

Feeling Tense at Chip Lit Fest

22 Feb 2015

Are you wScreen Shot 2015-02-22 at 16.19.01riting a book? All writing, no matter what the genre  – fiction or non-fiction – can benefit from a bit of tension. At this year’s Chipping Norton Literary Festival novelist Emily Barr  and I are running Creating Tension workshop where we’ll show you how to make your work more engrossing –  whether you’re writing autobiography, historical romance or a nail-biting thriller. It’s on Sunday 26th April, 10am.


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