Heartsong: latest from my Blog

Is your brain too noisy?

Everyone has different needs for quiet time, time when not being bombarded by demands and questions. But everyone surely needs some of it. Enough of it. And, it...

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When a signing queue is not just a signing queue

In my life as an author, I have very often been the one without much of a signing queue. I’ve sat next to big-sellers and chewed my redundant pen and...

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Thank you for the thank yous

Thank you to all the young people and their parents who have emailed or otherwise contacted me recently to thank me for helping them through exam or other...

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When book festivals pay and when they don’t

Yup, that old issue again. Thing is, it just doesn’t go away. I’m going to sing the praises of two book festivals, one very large (Edinburgh) and one very...

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Getting and giving great author events

I’m on a panel today at an Edinburgh Book Festival event organised by the wonderful SE Scotland branch of SCBWI and, since there are six of us on...

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