Friday, 18 October 2019

If You're Plotting A Book, It's Totally Okay To...



... drift off into the world where your characters exist so you can develop and build on ideas. It makes washing up much more fun.


... listen to conversations on the bus and make mental notes of funny anecdotes or juicy gossip. It isn't being nosy. It's research.


... take more notice of the credits than you did the film or TV show as you need the perfect name for one of your characters.


... watch ALL THE FILMS. It's research; pace, plot, twists, characterisation, etc


... eat chocolate for breakfast. It aids creativity. Probably.


... spend hours compiling playlists of inspirational music on Spotify. You've got to set the mood, right?


... 'cast' the characters for the future Hollywood movie based on the book you haven't even attempted to write yet.


... eat cake for lunch. It boosts concentration. I'm pretty sure I heard that somewhere.


... forget the details. So you're planning to make your MC a mountain guide in Snowdonia but you've never step foot on a mountain. Or been within sniffing distance of Snowdonia. You can google that later!


... know more about your characters than your own family. You've nailed down their character traits, mapped out their family trees, delved into their backstories so far you know what their mum was eating when she went into labour. But you forgot it was your aunty Sue's birthday last week.

Friday, 11 October 2019

The Accidental Life Swap: The Playlist


I always put together a playlist for my books, whether it's songs that have inspired the story (or kept me motivated while writing it) or music that I feel fits the theme of the book. With The Accidental Life Swap, I added songs that were either mentioned in the book, or songs that I imagined Rebecca choosing to play on the pub's jukebox.

You can listen to the playlist here on the blog, or click here to open in Spotify.












Sometimes one moment can change your life forever…


Rebecca Riley has always been a bit of a pushover. When her glamorous boss, Vanessa, asks her to jump, she doesn’t just ask how high… she asks if her boss would like her to grab a coffee on the way back down!
So whilst overseeing the renovation of Vanessa’s beautiful countryside home, the last thing Rebecca ever expected was to be mistaken for her boss – or that she would even consider going along with it! Far away from the bustling city and her boss’s demanding ways, could she pretend to be Vanessa and swap lives, just for a little while?


Friday, 4 October 2019

The Accidental Life Swap: My Dream Cast


When writing a book, it's always nice to daydream about who would be the perfect cast if your book was ever adapted for TV (or film, if you're dreaming really big), and I thought I'd share my dream cast for The Accidental Life Swap with you.













If you would like to learn more about the characters, click here to read my quick introduction.






Sometimes one moment can change your life forever…


Rebecca Riley has always been a bit of a pushover. When her glamorous boss, Vanessa, asks her to jump, she doesn’t just ask how high… she asks if her boss would like her to grab a coffee on the way back down!

So whilst overseeing the renovation of Vanessa’s beautiful countryside home, the last thing Rebecca ever expected was to be mistaken for her boss – or that she would even consider going along with it! Far away from the bustling city and her boss’s demanding ways, could she pretend to be Vanessa and swap lives, just for a little while?