On Writing

The good, the bad and the ugly! This section is all about writing.


With a view to reviews

Hi all, Over at Writers Gone Wild today I’m talking about — among other things — the next step in the process before the release of From The Ashes. It’s a step...

How To Make An Author’s Day

Hi y’all, Wasn’t going to cross-link my last Thursday’s Writers Gone Wild post because I was merely trying to explain how weird we authors are, and why. I was sort...

Back to basics

Hi y’all, Some of you might know I do karate. I’m not particularly good at it or anything, but I try my best and when I stuff up, I usually smile and have another go. In...

Drastic action

Hi y’all, I’m talking about taking drastic action over at Writers Gone Wild today. As in cutting the entire last third of a manuscript I’m currently revising and re-outlining...

Query dos and don’ts…maybe

I subscribe to various agent blogs and I’ve often seen posts advising on what to do and what not to do with queries. One favorite pet hate with some agents is a query beginning...

Decisions, decisions, decisions!

Hi y’all, Can’t believe it’s September already! Yesterday, Auckland celebrated it’s first day of Spring with a day so fine, that I actually risked hanging out...

Write it down!

Hi y’all, My brain is mush at the moment. I’m just not firing on all cylinders — two snags short of a barbie, as we’d say here in New Zealand. (Snags being sausages,...
2010 Clendon Award

2010 Clendon Award

As 2010 Clendon Award Coordinator, I thought I’d take the opportunity to publicly congratulate this year’s finalists, as well as those who were highly commended and commended,...