Every author’s process for writing a novel is different. They may even have several different approaches that they use for different genres. I wrote my first novel TELESĀ ten years ago and I’m now preparing to launch my fourteenth novel, MATA OTI. In that time, I have changed how I write, often according to my… Continue reading The Process: How I Write a Book.
1. We go to extreme lengths to delay writing. We want you to leave us alone so we can write but then you will find us: color coding the linen cupboard, cleaning out the fridge, baking three different kinds of cookies (For the children dammit!) Emailing that longlost friend from high school that we havent spoken to… Continue reading Things you should know before you date (or heaven forbid, marry) a writer
Where books are getting written & too many Doritos are getting consumed.The other day a massive truck delivered a (rather hideous) orange and green box to my yard. My very own, brand new, writing office. A portable rental unit. "Surprise!" said the Hot Man. I can neither confirm nor deny whether I jumped up and down, screamed,… Continue reading Why Writers Need a Cave
The White Witch may have been on to something...So Christmas is coming up and that sets my panic button all aflutter. Christmas is very bad for writers. Very bad. Why?1. All your children are home on holiday from school. It's highly doubtful that you… Continue reading Why Writers Hate Christmas.
Signing books with Jen Meredith, aka super Hawaii blogger 'Kuaback'.So I'm back. And I'm a little wasted - no not with alcohol -with an overabundance of adrenaline and by an excessive amount of physical and mental exertion. There was a week of different activities planned for the Samoa launch of TELESA and so my trip home was… Continue reading Why we Write in the First Place. (No, not to get wasted.)
Tip One Do not stalk your book in bookshops. Don't loiter in store aisles pretending to ponder the mysteries of the Oxford Dictionary because you're really waiting to see a customer pick up a copy of your book, read the back blurb. And then (o wonder of wonders!) open the cover and begin to read!… Continue reading Etiquette Tip for Newly Published First Time Authors.