Crowdfunding is the new trend in publishing. It enables an author to raise the funds for publication and develop an audience. It also enables readers to backs the books they want to see published, helping to shape the publishing industry. Unbound is one of many publishers who run via a crowdfunding model, and they’ve had … Continue reading 5(+1) books that you can help to publish – And there’s a genre for everyone! @unbounders
Today I thought I would go through, step-by-step, how I plan my novels. I’ll use my novel The Log House as an example as its freshest in my mind, but really this applies to anything I do. I hope it helps you on your own writing journeys! For more information on The Log House click … Continue reading Novel planning – Or, getting lost on Spotify
I wrote my first horror story when I was eight years old. Honestly I don’t know why I decided to write it. I think we had recently been creating stories in school, crafting booklets and drawing images to go with them. Maybe I decided to work on some more at home. Or maybe I was … Continue reading My first horror story – the birth of the creepy kid
When you think about the horror genre there are probably certain things that immediately come to mind. Haunted houses, creaky stairs, flickering light bulbs, they are all common fixtures in the genre. Some of these tropes drive me crazy, and I’ll be talking about them in a later post, but you know what? Some tropes … Continue reading My Favourite Horror Tropes
I am now several weeks into crowdfunding my horror novel with Unbound. There have been highs, lows and everything in between. First the highs. I am over a quarter of the way to my funding target. So many people have believed in me enough to support my novel and I am so so grateful! Somebody … Continue reading My novel progress – Editing and self doubt
I recently had a discussion online about what I consider to be “horror fiction”. These days there seems to be genres within genres, and everyone has a different opinion on what constitutes “horror”. I’m going to go over what I would consider horror fiction, but I would love for you all to argue with me … Continue reading What is “horror fiction”? – Why are there so many genres?
To me, the monster is the most important aspect of the horror novel. It’s what your protagonist is fighting or fleeing. It gives your novel pace and conflict. But how many times have you picked up a book, invested yourself in the story, only to reach the monster and think… Eh. When the monster of … Continue reading Creating your monster – Writing a scary horror creature