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
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
I have very exciting, super amazing, brilliant news. My first novel, The Log House, was recently accepted for crowdfunding with Unbound books! To celebrate, I’ve decided to document my journey to (a hopeful) publication. A dear friend of mine told me about Unbound, a crowdfunding platform specifically for books that puts the power in the hands … Continue reading Starting my publishing journey with Unbound
Kelly does not lift her foot. She does not place it in front of her and shift her weight. Nor does she move her other foot next to the first. But Kelly’s feet move anyway. Again she feels her foot rising, ready to inch her forward. She tries to pull it back while it’s in mid-air, hovering, … Continue reading Step by Step