November 30, 2022
Location, Location, Location
I’m writing to you from the plane to London. I’m headed to my favourite city for ten days, following by a few days in Edinburgh visiting friends. Interspersed are trains to Cardiff and Cambridge.It’s ...
November 28, 2022
Why TV is Good for You
If your mother was like my mother, you were told to turn off the television as a child (in my case, Family Ties or Miami Vice or Murder She Wrote or. . .) and pick up a book. Any book. Because everyone ...
November 26, 2022
Ask Jane (Agony Aunt)
Hi, I’m Jane, and I’m the protagonist of Helen’s novel, Pull Focus. I’m taking over the blog today to answer questions readers may about me, or the book, or anything else. What’s an Agony ...
November 17, 2022
How to Cook a Look
In March 2021, my house was completely destroyed by fire. Thankfully, I wasn’t home at the time. Although the fire incinerated only one floor, the smoke and soot travelled everywhere, including via ...
November 12, 2022
The Marketing Salsa
You’ve finished a book. Congrats! Now, you’ve got a book deal, decided to self-publish or signed with a hybrid publisher (the ‘pay to play’ option, which provides some editorial and marketing ...
November 08, 2022
How To Cook a Book
This failsafe recipe will transform your bottom drawer of manuscript pages into a tasty treat for readers everywhere. Meatier than paleo, the steps below will spice up your journey from secret writer ...
November 04, 2022
Characters That Capture the Imagination
I visited the wonderous Borghese Gallery and gardens in Rome this summer for the first time.Originally a powerful merchant family from Sienna, the Borgheses moved to Rome in the 16th century.Cardinal ...
November 01, 2022
The Writing Life
It’s late October and I’m writing this on a cold, rainy day after learning my friend, the writer Sylvia Fraser, has passed away.Such profoundly sad news.Sylvia was three decades older than me and ...