Posts made in October, 2013

Inspiration for GLIMPSE’s Settings: Ruined Castles, Secret Passageways & Haunted Inns

Posted by on Oct 30, 2013 | Leave a comment

Inspiration for GLIMPSE’s Settings: Ruined Castles, Secret Passageways & Haunted Inns

Today, I’m posting at Author Allsorts about my inspiration for one of Glimpse‘s main settings: the haunted Highwayman Inn. I talk about classic Gothic fiction, real-life haunted inns, and how settings can be used to reflect characters. You can read it here. Share...

Get Spooked with these YA Halloween Reads

Posted by on Oct 22, 2013 | 2 comments

Get Spooked with these YA Halloween Reads

What will you be reading this Halloween? I’ve never been a horror fan, but I adore the romantic darkness of Gothic fiction. Some of my favourite novels and short stories are Gothic classics—Dracula, Wuthering Heights, The Monk, Melmoth the Wanderer; anything by M. R. James, Edgar Allan Poe or Ann Radcliffe. Not surprisingly, I love the dark and Gothic in YA too. Here are my Halloween recommendations: The Forest of Hands and Teeth trilogy by Carrie Ryan I’ve read a number of YA zombie novels, but The Forest of Hands and Teeth trilogy stands out as favourites. Each of the three books follow different (but connected) characters through a series of...

UK YA

Posted by on Oct 12, 2013 | 2 comments

UK YA

Until earlier this year, it didn’t occur to me to notice where a book had been written. If it was YA, I’d heard of it, and it sounded good, I would read it. The ‘if I’d heard of it’ part meant I was reading mostly well-hyped, US-based YA—largely because a lot of YA blogs and websites are US-based, and those were the places I was getting my book recommendations. Then I joined Author Allsorts and realised UKYA is a ‘thing’. (Check out this post for some great UKYA definitions.) I also realised I hadn’t read a lot of it. I’d read some of the big names—Philip Pullman, Malorie Blackman, Patrick Ness and the like—but...

Catching Up & Audio Books

Posted by on Oct 2, 2013 | 2 comments

Catching Up & Audio Books

Wow, it’s been a busy couple of months! I sent off my first round of edits for Glimpse yesterday, which is hugely exciting. I rewrote perhaps 90% of the original text, and a lot of that during August (I feel I’m excused from NaNoWriMo next month!), then spent September re-reading and adjusting. A few characters disappeared, other characters took bigger roles, some of the plot altered, but the biggest change was tweaking my main character. When you write in first person, even scenes that don’t change plot-wise need to be partly re-written if the MC’s voice changes. Though it was intense, I loved the rewriting process, and Glimpse is now stronger...