Guest Post: Submissiphobia Part II

Sep 25th, 2016 Caffeine Addled Ramblings 8 min read

Writing A Book Review Welcome back, blog readers! I promised you in my last guest post that I would say a bit more about writing book reviews. To recap, a book review has three main purposes: to persuade (or dissuade) a potential reader, to help out an author you like, and, to provide an opportunity for reflection and writing practice, particularly for those of us...

Round The World Writers

Sep 22nd, 2016 Caffeine Addled Ramblings 5 min read

Two months ago, I joined a Facebook group chat with fellow writers Heidi Norrod and Melanie Kyer. Despite our crazy time differences, we found ourselves talking to each all the time. It didn’t matter if we were on a twenty minute bus journey or were waiting to pick up the kids from school or even were working with the conversation page running in the background,...

Top Tips: Adapting A Novel For The Screen

Sep 12th, 2016 Caffeine Addled Ramblings 4 min read

When I first adapted The Silence, I started counting how many times people asked me how to adapt a novel for the screen. After the eighteenth time I lost count so, for all of those that asked, here are my top five tips: ∞ ∞ ∞ Read the book – not once, not twice but three times… Reading the book is probably the most obvious tip I...

Guest Post: Channeling Creativity

Sep 7th, 2016 Caffeine Addled Ramblings 7 min read

Ha! I bet that subject line made you think I was going to make you gaze into a crystal ball or maybe conduct a seance. I'm not, but it would be super cool if we did. Think of all the wonderful creative minds we could probe! Would love a chance to chat with Chaucer myself... But I'm getting WAY off the rails here. Let me...