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What’s Your Problem?

  Conflict is an essential ingredient of a good story. I’d go so far as to say that without conflict there is no story. It catches the reader’s imagination and makes them ask themselves, ‘What would I do in this

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Settings to Hook Your Reader

Never underestimate the importance of setting in your novel.  Setting is a great deal more than simply the place where your story happens. Used to maximum advantage, the setting will enhance your characters and the plot while enriching the readers’

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Romance or History?

One of the questions readers often ask me when they know I write romantic historical fiction, is ‘Which is the most important to you, the romance or the history?’ It’s a very interesting question and my usual answer is that

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‘My Writing Process’ Blog Hop

I’m always interested to discover how other authors go about writing their novels so I was delighted when historical novelist, Jenny Barden, invited me to join her on this blog tour to describe how my writing process works for me.

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Saggy Middle

Surprisingly I’m not writing about the dreaded saggy middle that creeps up on writers from eating too many slices of hot-buttered toast while waiting for the muse. No, the saggy middle I’m referring to is the one that becomes apparent

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Writing What You Know

The received wisdom is that you should write about what you know and that may be good advice – to a point. It’s important to remember that what you know may be strange, surprising and even intensely interesting to others.

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Inspiration – What if?

The other day a writing friend asked me what inspired me to write my novels. It was a straightforward question but one that set me thinking. The creative process isn’t always easy to pin down and put into words. Novels

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Inside an Editor’s World

Instead of a guest author I thought it would be interesting to hear about the editing process from an editor’s point of view as a change from the author’s perspective. In fact Abbie Todd is both an editor and an

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Making Time to Write

There’s never enough time for me to write. And yet, somehow, I always manage to finish a novel in time to meet the deadline. If you are a writer, you’ll find the time. It’s as simple as that. Stop procrastinating!

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Writing Tips for Historical Fiction

Writing historical fiction is not so very different from contemporary fiction; both need a sizzling plot and strong characters. But there are some aspects to historical fiction which need more thought. A sense of place. If possible, I visit the

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Charlotte Betts Always a bookworm, Charlotte discovered her passion for writing after her three children and two step-children had grown up. She lives with her husband in a cottage in the woods on the borders of Hampshire and Berkshire.

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