Why My Books are Not YA

What happens when young adults read your book that’s not YA? I love all my readers, so I don’t mind at all! But here’s the thing – young adults weren’t the audience I intended to attract when I wrote the Wynter Wild books, and I don’t believe I’ve written a YA story. Wattpad tells meContinue reading “Why My Books are Not YA”

Family Entanglements (SPOILERS GALORE)

This post contains serious spoilers for all ten books. Links take you to pages on the Wynter Wild Wiki, which is also full of spoilers. I started the Wynter Wild series with five characters in mind – the three Fairn boys, the two sisters – along with a few adults in their sphere. As theirContinue reading “Family Entanglements (SPOILERS GALORE)”

Naming a Ten-Book Series

How do you name ten books in a series? When I started writing the Wynter Wild books, a stream-of-consciousness half-million words covering several years of her life and written out of order, I knew early on that it would be a long series. So the necessity of naming the books in some sort of coherentContinue reading “Naming a Ten-Book Series”

Useful Free Internet Tools for Writers

Gone are the days when writers had to spend hours in the library researching how to care for their character’s pet python, or on the phone exploring the price of a plane ticket, or at the bookcase in the next room flicking through classic novels to find the perfect quote. Everything’s at our fingertips –Continue reading “Useful Free Internet Tools for Writers”

The Ashram at Touchstone Pass

Do you get a visual image of the layout of a place when you read about it? I have a very firm impression in my mind of the ashram in the Wynter Wild books, but I’ve never actually drawn a map. Now that I’m writing flashbacks for book 10 (The Beat Goes On), where weContinue reading “The Ashram at Touchstone Pass”

Wynter Wild Inspiration playlist

Little Sister Song on Wattpad has just hit 150,000 reads since I started publishing it in December 2018 – beyond my wildest expectations! I’ll be posting a few blogs to celebrate. I don’t often listen to music while writing (especially not songs with lyrics) but when I’m plotting, or playing out scenes in my headContinue reading “Wynter Wild Inspiration playlist”

Naming Characters

Today I’m trawling baby naming sites to come with a new character name. I’ve accumulated quite a number of characters in my 10-book series, so any time I add in a new character (or decide to change an existing character’s name) it becomes a bit of a drama to find something that isn’t too similarContinue reading “Naming Characters”

The House on Tiger Mountain

My book family buys a run-down old farmhouse at the end of book 3 (Rhythm & Rhyme) on Tiger Mountain, east of Seattle. It’s on five acres of land backing on to a state forest, and is hidden behind a stone wall. This house becomes a character in its own right in the series, soContinue reading “The House on Tiger Mountain”