Why I Went with Self Publishing

When I started writing (I was fourteen when I wrote my first book), I dreamed of becoming a traditionally published author. I spent hours imagining the moment when I’d get an offer from a major publishing house with a million-dollar advance (I mean, haven’t we all?). However, like Rainey discovered in Chasing Fireflies, I quicklyContinue reading “Why I Went with Self Publishing”

Collins’s Family Recipes: Blueberry Crumble and Caramelized Onion Risotto

For those of you who have read Chasing Fireflies you will know that Maverick loves to bake. Baking and cooking is actually one of my own passions (to be honest, the passion stems from my love of eating rather than making, but that is neither here nor there), and several of the dishes I referenceContinue reading “Collins’s Family Recipes: Blueberry Crumble and Caramelized Onion Risotto”

Criticism and How to Respond to a Negative Review

This week, I wanted to talk a little about criticism. Let’s face it, criticism is unavoidable in almost any field of work, especially in the creative disciplines, and in the current age of the internet, it’s positively rampant thanks to the safety of anonymity. The reason creative disciplines are such common targets is because theyContinue reading “Criticism and How to Respond to a Negative Review”

The Search for the Best Halloween Read

This past week, I went on the hunt for the best spooky story I could find to mark this Halloween season. Disclaimer: I’m not claiming to be a horror aficionado. In fact, I tend to avoid horror because I hate being scared. I am a massive scaredy-cat, and never understood the thrill of fear. However,Continue reading “The Search for the Best Halloween Read”

The Reality Behind Fight Scenes

We’ve all experienced the thrill of epic battles, high-speed car chases and gut-clenching gun fights on the big screen. Explosions, sound effects and a plethora of camera techniques come together to create a kaleidoscopic visual experience that sets off an explosive adrenaline rush, but when it comes to those same action sequences in books…things canContinue reading “The Reality Behind Fight Scenes”

The Unreliable Narrator: A Look at Colleen Hoover’s VERITY

This week I read Colleen Hoover’s psychological thriller, Verity, a book that had me reaching for a glass of scotch to sip whilst digesting the peculiar and somewhat horrific ending. For those of you who haven’t read it, please be warned that this post will contain spoilers, so do not venture beyond this point ifContinue reading “The Unreliable Narrator: A Look at Colleen Hoover’s VERITY”