3 Things Every Girl Can Learn from Hermione Granger

It may very well be the biggest debate of the century, or at least it is in some circles of writers and readers – is Hermione Granger a Ravenclaw or not? The Sorting Hat faced the same dilemma, spending nearly four minutes trying to decide which house to place Hermione in, before finally settling on Gryffindor. Ravenclaws prize wit, learning, …

Avengers Belonging

3 Things Infinity War Can Teach Us About Belonging

So many of us struggle at one time or another to find where we belong. From kindergarten to university, to the communities we live in, our jobs, and in our relationships – we all want that feeling of belonging. We want to feel we are a part of something, and we can be ourselves. Even superheroes aren’t immune to this. …

Defying The Odds with Dystopia

We’ve all heard the big names; Suzanne Collins, Veronica Roth and James Dashner. Thanks to their wildly successful novels and blockbuster film adaptations, these authors are the ones to look to when it comes to dystopian fiction. Over the past few years, this particular genre has skyrocketed in popularity among young adults and they can’t seem get to enough of …

How to Structure a Novel

I love reading novels, the more fantastical the better. There’s nothing like becoming completely immersed in another world and its characters. As a writer though, I know this isn’t as easy to achieve as it sounds. Key to drawing readers into a novel is its structure. How do you create a good novel structure? To come up with a good …

My Imaginary Screenplay Playlist

When I write, I always try to visualise each scene and character as if they were in a film. It’s incredibly important for me to be able to ‘see’ it as if it was really happening. It may also reveal my secret ambition; that my books will be so damn good, they’ll become movies. There’s nothing wrong with dreaming big …

Why I’m heading down the rabbit hole

“Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, `and what is the use of a book,’ thought Alice `without pictures or conversation?’ So she was …

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A picture tells 100,000 words

When your’e writing fantasy it often involves creating worlds that don’t actually exist. I find that it’s critical to find pictures that represent or inspire the kind of places in my imagination. Here are just a few images that tell part of my 100,000 word novel. If you want to see more images like this follow my Pinterest board. Woman …

I don’t like fantasy – really?!

Whenever someone asks me what kind of ‘stuff’ I write, I usually hesitate for a moment before fessing up that they’re fantasy novels. It seems that in my circle of friends and acquaintances that fantasy isn’t a preferred genre. Most people are polite enough to nod and smile. Others are upfront enough to state bluntly: “I don’t like fantasy”. I’m …

Top 5 sci-fi and fantasy couples

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day this week, I wanted to go with my top 5 couples of sci-fi and fantasy. 1. Han Solo and Princess Leia, Star Wars So yeah, a little predictable, but I’m a sucker for this love-hate relationship. One of my favourite lines from Han Solo: ‘Look, I ain’t in this for your revolution, and I’m …

Why fantasy and food go together like peanut butter and jelli(ed calf brains)

There’s something pretty magical about food. Ever since I watched Mary Poppins serving up seemingly ordinary, yucky tasting medicine that transformed into different colours and flavours, I was hooked on the idea of magical food. I’m a very enthusiastic home cook. I love to cook pretty much anything. Any cuisine, technique, savoury or sweet, I will give it a go. …