Bits, Bobs, Blog

  • Walking a Tightrope
    Here’s the first line to my new novel: Adam has been dying for eight weeks now, but he isn’t getting any better at it. I think that’s a pretty good line, and I feel comfortable saying as much because I didn’t write it. Not really. In sixteen words, this line introduces us to the heroContinue reading “Walking a Tightrope”
  • “I Hope You Die First.”
    Have you ever had that conversation with a loved one? The one where you discuss who you would prefer to die first? It’s a bit morbid (okay, entirely morbid), but it’s romantic too. It’s about love more than it is about death. You’re watching some TV show when one of the protagonists is hit byContinue reading ““I Hope You Die First.””
  • The Inspiration for a Debauched Story
    Someone will ask me what my new book’s about. “It’s about two couples who swap partners for the night,’ I say. And then I count and wait for the inevitable response: 1 . . . 2 . . . 3 . . . “It wasn’t inspired by real life, was it?” And they laugh, nervously.Continue reading “The Inspiration for a Debauched Story”
  • A Feel-Good Book About Dying?
    Short video of me discussing my latest novel: “a feel-good book about dying.”
  • Sorry About That
    I was invited to speak in front of a group of aspiring writers a while back. All adults, all invested enough in their ambition to turn up to the basement of a pub somewhere on a Wednesday night. It was summer, a warm evening and they could have been anywhere else – upstairs in theContinue reading “Sorry About That”
  • FOUR: Reading group questions
    CAUTION: There be spoilers ahead! 1. Alistair is the least sympathetic character in the book. But did he achieve redemption in the end? 2. From one perspective, Faye is the least ‘powerful’ character in the story. How does that power shift throughout the course of the story? 3. What happens to Mike and Sally afterContinue reading “FOUR: Reading group questions”
  • A Daunting Idea
    It’s the question every writer dreads: “Where do you get your ideas from?” Because the honest answer is usually: “I haven’t a bloody clue.” But with my latest book, I know exactly where the idea came from. It’s so obvious it’s painful. Or should that be the other way around? I’d just finished my fourthContinue reading “A Daunting Idea”
  • My Favourite Books (today)
    I’ve been asked a few times to list my 10 favourite books. But how do you choose only 10? The 10 books I would save if the house was burning down? The 10 that I would recommend to a friend? Or 10 I would choose to read again if they were to be my last?Continue reading “My Favourite Books (today)”
  • A Staying in Love Story
    Q&A for the WH Smiths Blog (I know, the glamour!) Q: The Two of Us is a love story but it’s not a story about falling in love. Where did the idea first come from? A: I was thinking about what happens after Happily Ever After. After the traditional happy ending. What happens, for example,Continue reading “A Staying in Love Story”
  • Why I Write What I Write
    Something I wrote for Foyles on the publication of my novel ‘The Trouble With Henry and Zoe.’ I didn’t make a deliberate decision to write a ‘romantic book’ after the birth of my first daughter. But I wrote one anyway. . . Read the rest of the article here:

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