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How to write a novel while on maternity leave

In autumn 2014 I gave birth twice: first to my son and then to a novel. One involved heavy-duty drugs, tears, agony and screaming, and when it was over I swore I would never go through it again. The other took a few quick pushes and that was that. I never intended to... read more

Hello, I’m a debut novelist and I’m terrified

In less than a month’s time my seventh book will be published. Of all the emotions I imagined I might be feeling right now – excitement, pride, anticipation – I hadn’t counted on sheer bollock-naked terror being top of the list. With three weeks until my novel hits... read more

The best job in the world – FACT

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I was a magazine beauty editor for all of five minutes. Now, I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that if you’re female, enjoy getting presents and have even the slightest interest in looking nice then being a beauty... read more

The day I got dumped by a Very Famous Singer

Being a ghostwriter is a bit like being an actor – without the potential for fame or money – in that before you get the job you usually have to go for an ‘audition’. This generally involves meeting the subject of the book (ie. the person whose name will be on the... read more