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Singular They
Creative Writing: Behind the books

The Singular They

My non-fiction books now carry the following disclaimer: Where we have traditionally been told we should use he and his, this book uses the singular they and their. For me, this usage is more compact, equalising and flexible than the alternative, clumsy he or she constructions. As the OED blog puts it:  People who want to be inclusive, or respectful of other people’s preferences, use singular they. And people who don’t want to be inclusive, or who don’t respect other people’s pronoun choices, use singular they as well. Even people who object to singular they as a grammatical error use it themselves when they’re not looking, a…

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Creative Writing: Excerpts, Fiction Friday

Friday Fiction: Iseult Gonne and Lucien Millevoye Take Tea

Maud and Iseult Gonne are living in Normandy, taking refuge from the war in Paris, when they hear that John MacBride, Maud’s husband, has been executed. This leaves Maud frantic to get back to Ireland. She dispatches Iseult to London, to fetch their friend, the poet Willie Yeats.

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Creative Writing: Friday Fiction

Friday Fiction: Fiction Newsletter September 2019

I just dispatched my Life in Fiction Newsletter September 2019. Are you signed up to receive it? For a long time I defined myself as a novelist but for the past couple of years, I’ve been concentrating on nonfiction and poetry.  It feels good to be back in the land of story. I write family murder mysteries mainly, books that are full of buried secrets and lies of the past that corrode the present. They are what’s known as #timeslip novels, with two alternating timelines. In my books, the protagonists have to go back, and understand what happened, so they…

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Kindle Storyteller 2018 Awards
Creative Writing: opinion and essays

Judging Kindle Storyteller Award UK 2018

One of the highlights of my year is judging Kindle Storyteller and while I was thrilled, obviously, to be in Nashville for Digital Book World, I really wish I could have cloned myself to be at Amazon Storyteller Awards tonight. For those who don’t know, Amazon’s Storyteller Award is an annual award for fiction and non-fiction. This year, it was open to writers in English across any genre who published their book through Kindle Direct Publishing before 31 August 2018. The book had to be previously unpublished and available as an ebook and in print. The award is to recognize outstanding storytelling and the…

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: Creative Business, Monday Motivator

Week 40: Howdy From Nashville and Digital Book World. What’s Happening in Your Creative Business This Week?

This week, I’m thrilled to be visiting Digital Book World 2018 (DBW) with other ALLis. This conference, which has been called “the Super Bowl of publishing,” has taken a turn: from old-style to new publishing, from the establishment to the fringe, and from NYC to Nashville. I love that it’s flung the door open to publishers of every sort and size, from Big 5 publishers to Amazon and Ingram and PublishDrive, to micro indie-publishers and self-publishing authors. ALLI is delighted to partner with this newly-imagined and now innovative conference. We very much align with DBW’s embrace of the broadest possible…

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Women's Fiction Festival Matera
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Women’s Fiction Festival Matera

I’m delighted to be attending the women’s fiction festival in Matera, Italy this year, when their theme is to be ‘Something Revolutionary. Words have always had the power to change the world.’ Which just about my life’s mission summed up in a sentence. “Books can lead readers into another world entirely and books have revolutionized over the course of the centuries customs, power structures and cultural values,” they say. The festival runs from Wed Sept 26th to Sunday 30th and it takes over the medieval town of Matera, with women’s fiction writers and readers. 2018 is the 50th anniversary of…

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Creative Publishing

Font Publications

Font Publications is my publishing imprint. Not all indie authors have an imprint though many do, for all sorts of reasons. Mine are quite personal. Imprints began in trade publishing for trade reasons. The larger publishing companies have multiple imprints, using the different names as brands directed at different demographic consumer segments. Here for example, is a list of Penguin Random House’s imprints: The commissioning editors and marketing teams at Chatto & Windus, for example, are working with quite different books ( “outstanding literary fiction and contemporary international writers as well as the best literary biography, memoir, history, cultural comment and…

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Her Secret Rose Book Covers Orna Ross
Creative Publishing: Reader Team

Would You Like To Help Launch A Bestseller?

What I do Send you copies of my books as I finish them, for you to read and hopefully enjoy. What You Do If you enjoy the book, you: Leave an honest review on Goodreads and your favorite online bookstore. It doesn’t have to be very in-depth, a couple of sentences and a star-rating is great. Send me a link to your reviews. Spread the word to anyone you think might enjoy the book. As part of the team, you’ll also be credited on my website (and in some of my books). Do you like the sound of this? Just…

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Creative Writing: WB Yeats, Maud Gonne, Iseult Gonne

Talking About “Her Secret Rose” at the Triskele Literary Festival

Just out: Footage of the Historical Fiction panel at The Triskele Literary Festival in London, back in September. Together with Radhika Swarup, JD Smith and Alison Morton, I was interviewed about the joys of writing historical fiction. Between us, we covered 3rd Century Syria (Jane) to late 19th Century Ireland (me), from the Partition of India (Radhika) to the Roman Empire re-imagined in the 1960s (Alison), all interviewed by literary novelist, Jane Davis. I spoke about writing Her Secret Rose, a behind-the-myth look at the relationship between the poet WB Yeats and his muse, the Irish revolutionary, Maud Gonne. This…

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Episode 5 of The Go Creative! Show

The Go Creative! Show has now reached episode five and this week I’m introducing publishing and arts commentator, Porter Anderson, who will be our most regular contributor to the creative publishing segment of the show, on the topic of “publishing for authors”. Porter is a journalist who, since spotting the potential for digital disruption in publishing, has had a fantastically varied career, as commentator, consultant, publishing conference and event curator and a marvellous column, Music For Writers at Thought Catalog. You can find out more about the show, read the transcript and subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher or YouTube on the…

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