Wolf Packs, Solidarity and A Cruel Prince

Apr 9th, 2018 Caffeine Addled Ramblings 4 min read

Fun fact about writers: we’re one giant pack of lone wolves. What that means is that we often do things out of solidarity for our fellow writers. Or at least, we pretend to. At the start of the year, a number of my writer friends went on book-buying-bans. Until they had finished reading every single book on their TBR (to-be-read) pile, they weren’t allowed to...

It’s Okay To Shelve Your Novel

Apr 2nd, 2018 Caffeine Addled Ramblings 3 min read

At the start of January, I had three novels in various stages of completion. The first, a story of three friends manoeuvring their way through a difficult week, had a few chapters left to complete. Another was a product of childhood love and confusion that I couldn’t get to work no matter how much I tried – the characters were perfect, but the story just...

Editors Editing: Angela Bergmann

Mar 26th, 2018 Caffeine Addled Ramblings 6 min read

While reading an article on the subject, I realised that I hadn't ever given much thought as to why writers ought to try a few different editors before sticking to the one that was right for them. The editor I have has been with me since I first started writing novels. For me, she is perfect but her style of editing is extremely difficult to the...

Different But Ultimately The Same: The ‘Autumn’ Review

Mar 19th, 2018 Caffeine Addled Ramblings 2 min read

I won’t lie, before I won a copy of Autumn by Ali Smith from my local bookstore, I’d never heard of her. At first, I was simply intrigued by the linen hardback and beautiful fall scenery on its outer slip. When I read the synopsis on Goodreads, I was sold by the assurance of an intricate story spanning generations, interwoven with an unconventional love story,...