Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Great news! Lady Farquhar’s Butterfly will re-emerge from her chrysalis to entertain a whole new audience when she’s released in Large Print by F.A Thorpe who have just made an offer.

The book will appear with new cover art and be distributed throughout the UK, Commonwealth countries and Canada.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Critique Carefully

One of my students reminded me last week how dangerous criticism can be when wielded carelessly or thoughtlessly.

During my previous class I'd spoken on the value of judging for realising the shortfalls in one's own writing, but that when critiquing, either on paper or face-to-face, it was important to remember the golden rule: Praise...Constructively Criticise....Praise.

My student said she had gone to her first face-to-face writers' group a few days later and her work had been the first to be critiqued by the group of twelve. "I'm pretty thick-skinned," she said, "but the way some of my group laid into my work was....awful!"

Fortunately my student is a pretty strong character and 'very politely' repeated to her group of fellow writers the advice I'd given in my previous class: that it was important to start with praise before highlighting areas for improvement, finishing on an encouraging note.

The rest of the session went just fine, she said, with everyone having taken on board the potentially damaging effects of unbridled criticism.

After the class, another member of the group told her, "My work is due to be critiqued next month and if you hadn't said what you did I was going to pull out of the group."

I guess the moral is, passing judgement on another's work is a big responsibility.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Lady Farquhar's Butterfly

My romantic suspense, Lady Farquhar's Butterfly, will be released on May 31, 2010. Coincidentally, this will be the 14th anniversary of my mother's death. Mum was a great believer in my eventual success, offering plenty of encouragement as the rejections rolled in. Who else would have ploughed through my first adolescent effort - 550 pages in which the heroine drowns on the final page - and declared it stellar? She'd have been proud and if I'd known, I'd have dedicated this one to her!

Lady Farquhar's Butterfly is available for pre-order during the next few weeks, meaning $10 off the usual price, at The Book Depository:


and http://www.halebooks.com/

ISBN= 9780709090571