The UK currently reminds me of South African Safari that started my year off .... A whole year ago. Now my novel is out and my year off is basically done. I have the school holidays left, and I'm fortunate in that they are filled with cool trips to finish off my sabbatical. But its … Continue reading Yellow grasslands, but no red-orange sand, and no leopards or lions to spice up my run… Wish I was going back to the African bush and starting my year off NOW
I won't repeat this post's lengthy title because I think it says it all, but as I mentioned in the title, for me one of the joys of reading is that each book can have a unique meaning to each reader. As a new author, this is possibly one of the most exciting book-things that's … Continue reading A book blogger on my blog tour just came up with an interpretation on my novel ‘Dunn’ that I hadn’t ever considered. How exciting. For me that’s what reading is all about
I am on a mission! Because talking to the Marine Conservation Society before my swim at Brighton's Paddle Round the Pier this year made me realise I know nothing about the extent of the environmental damage to this planet and I am definitely not doing enough about reducing my plastic consumption! My carbon footprint is … Continue reading Swimming with Jellyfish…. and finding out about HUGE partially invisible plastic islands. I am ashamed at how much I have underestimated the scale of the plastic problem
So, it was inevitable. I got a bad review. Sadly, it was one of the first, but I've since had a couple of 5* and a really positive comment on Amazon. My 'unusual thriller' as the good review kindly put it, was clearly not the other reader's cup of tea. C'est la vie. You can't … Continue reading What makes horrible novel characters so interesting to me? A good book review, and a bad … but mostly ‘Dunn’ is invisible on Netgalley etc.
Dunn by Kay Jay Genre: Psychological Suspense Aidan Dunn is a man driven by money and power – he just doesn’t have any. What he does have - he thinks - is charm. He’s been honing his manipulation skills as a charity collector for years, earning enough commission to rent a bedsit and keep him … Continue reading My book blog tour has kicked off at Silver Dagger Tours and Mythical books. Exciting and terrifying simultaneously. Details below
I have a confession. My main character in Dunn - my newly released debut novel (do you see what I did with the totally unsubtle plug there) - is a bit of (let's put this politely) an idiot and I don't really know where in my strange brain he came from. That's not to say … Continue reading Should we feel sorry for Aidan Dunn, the main character in my debut novel Dunn, or does he deserve everything he gets?
A bit of background...... Back in 2004 I was thoroughly miserable. Fortunately, none of the events in Dunn actually happened to me. I didn't get embroiled in a psychotherapy cult. I just met someone who unintentionally made my life worse, and they knew someone who had. And so the spark of an idea emerged. I … Continue reading Dunn is released on amazon: But what are therapy cults, and why is she writing novels about them, anyway?
Just had my first swim in the Channel after 10 days swimming all day in the Adriatic, and it was .... Weedy; opaque; chilly, but great fun as always. It felt very odd swimming in a wetsuit after 10 days of swimming in a mix and match bikini! Why can't anyone sell boyleg bikinis with … Continue reading Sea caves, islands and 26 degree water. What more can an open water swimming enthusiast want? A bikini that you can actually swim properly in would be good and dolphins would have been a bonus.
Until now, I have written my books with a loose plot in mind, but no plan. It's worked okay! The soon-to-be renamed 'Seagull' plot came together mostly fine. It needs work, obviously because its a first draft, but the skeleton and some basic ligaments and tendons are there! Book two: The host and the Oak … Continue reading How do you stay in and write when the sun is out?
It's been a while since I updated this, because I've been busy. Had a manic Easter holiday with my son and various friends and Matador sent the typeset proofs through for me to check. So I've been reading through Dunn AGAIN, checking the formatting, commas etc. It's mostly okay, but there were a few rogue … Continue reading Proofs sent …. Better find something new to write for the next 4 months …