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Alienated Blog Tour

Alienated is going on tour this week! Five different bloggers are hosting the book as part of the #AlienatedTour to promote the launch of the novel. Be sure to visit each blog for reviews and insights: Monday: Ellie at faerieontheshelf.wordpress.com Tuesday: Frances at ladybugbooks77.wordpress.com Wednesday: Tahlia at museofnyxmares.wordpress.com Thursday: Jessica at jessicabooksblog.wordpress.com Friday: Karen at letterpressproject.co.uk

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Why Science Fiction Matters

With Naomi Alderman‘s ‘The Power’ still topping the book charts, the 13th Doctor hitting her stride on the BBC, and ‘The First’ launching on Channel 4, it’s worth remembering that Science Fiction matters as a genre. Sci-fi is the one genre that, no matter how dark, has hope built into it because it presumes humanity will continue to […]

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Shoot for the Stars

Ever since I was little, I loved space. I was awestruck in first grade when my school packed us into the library to watch the Columbia take off. I was equally devastated in 1986 in middle-school, I watched the Challenger launch with the first civilian astronaut on board, only to tragically explode moments after lift-off. […]

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Free Is Not An Option

Today I was fortunate enough to attend the TV Writers’ Festival hosted by the invaluable BBC Writers Room. During the panel with Piers Wenger (BBC head of drama), Victoria Fea (drama commissioner at itv), and Anna Hargreaves (drama executive at sky), someone in the audience (I believe writer/producer Chris Jury, but I was seated in […]

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A new chapter

I’m embarking on my first “adult” book! I put the word in quotes because I never saw MetaWars as a young adult book, rather a novel for everyone, aged 9 to ninety, to enjoy, but it’s been shelved as YA and features a teen protagonist, so the book industry tends to think of it as […]

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Getting Graphic

As you know, I’m a big comic book fan. But not being an illustrator, I’ve never had the courage to mount a graphic novel…until now. I’ve teamed up with Dynamo on something super cool, a new graphic novel called CORTEX. Think: CSI meets INCEPTION. “We have a warrant to search your mind.” What do you think?

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Ready Player

This week saw the release of the first trailer for Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One and next week sees the fifth anniversary of the publication of MetaWars. Full disclosure, I’ve not read RPO as I didn’t want to be unduly influenced by Cline’s work as I was still writing books 3 […]

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Reality, virtually.

Today is World Book Day, a day to celebrate books, reading, and our favourite characters. It’s a chance for children to relish in the imagination that reading emboldens. And despite competition from TV, games, and tablets, reading endures as an entertainment art form.  But it’s getting more competition. As evidenced by January’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, […]

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Being British

(this post is an edited version of something I wrote on my personal (i.e. not public) Facebook, that friends & family seemed to enjoy so am sharing it here) Last week, ten years (technically ten years and twenty-nine days) after moving to the UK, I was sworn in as a British citizen. Hold your Brexit jokes, please. Despite the […]

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La La Land

I’ve just returned from a whirlwind trip to LA, and thought I’d share a few observations. Spirit of full disclosure, I used to live in LA (first Hollywood, then Venice Beach) for a few years, and moved to London ten years ago. – LA thrives on creativity. What’s incredible about LA is that everyone you […]

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