Category: Writing


My writing calendar

My writing calendar

Posted December 1, 2017 by Elise in Blackwood, Writing / 8 Comments

We’re fast heading for the new year, so I figured I should probably make some attempt at getting organised (which has never been one of my strong points!). In 2017, my goal was to publish a book a month, and I’ve done that, although December’s release will be a box set rather than a new […]

British vs. American

British vs. American

Posted May 30, 2017 by Elise in Writing / 15 Comments

AKA Why do I write like a Brit? Well, the simple answer is because I’m British.  The question of whether to use British vs. American English is one that comes up often on writers’ forums again and again, and it’s also something I’ve received messages about from readers. The issue also pops up in reviews from […]

The best and worst of being a writer

The best and worst of being a writer

Posted April 30, 2017 by Elise in Writing / 7 Comments

The best things about being a writer Writing I’ll start with the obvious – I write because I love it. I love bringing my characters to life on paper and creating worlds for them to live in. Those first meetings, plot twists, dramatic climaxes, and happily ever afters. I still laugh and cry when I […]

24 Hours – Behind the Scenes

24 Hours – Behind the Scenes

Posted January 10, 2017 by Elise in Writing / 3 Comments

I don’t know about you, but when I read a book, I often wonder what was going through the author’s head as they wrote it. My latest novel, 24 Hours of Trouble, was inspired by the many horse shows I went to as a teenager plus a decade’s worth of trips to France to watch the […]

New year, new books…

New year, new books…

Posted January 5, 2017 by Elise in Writing / 3 Comments

So, it’s evening on day 5 of 2017, and I’m already stuck into writing a new book. Well, I started writing it over Christmas but between one thing and another (okay, mainly Trev the horse going lame and then going lamer, but that’s another story), I haven’t finished it yet. Cursed will be my first […]

A day at WattCon

A day at WattCon

Posted December 18, 2016 by Elise in Writing / 1 Comment

Getting all philosophical today… At the beginning of December, I attended Wattpad’s London convention, held in the Crypt on the Green—a beautiful venue hidden away under an old church in Clerkenwell. It was my third trip to this annual event, and it got me thinking. At what point do I call myself a writer? Whenever […]

NaNoWriMo 2016

NaNoWriMo 2016

Posted December 9, 2016 by Elise in Writing / 0 Comments

NaNoWriMo This is my third go at November’s National Novel Writing Month challenge—writing 50,000 words, or a short novel, in just thirty days. Fortunately, I’m blessed to be able to write fast, but this year threw in the added challenge of a holiday midway through—it’s not so easy to write underwater! But I did fit […]

Why I give a fuck

Why I give a fuck

Posted September 23, 2016 by Elise in Blackwood, Writing / 20 Comments

The other day, I was reading my reviews on Amazon (I know, I know—I should avoid them, but they’re just there), and one stood out that got me thinking: I did enjoy the book, but there was far too much use of the f word. This word was overdone and for me, it popped up […]

How do I write a first draft?

How do I write a first draft?

Posted February 6, 2016 by Elise in Writing / 0 Comments

Recently, awesome crime writer Rebecca Bradley invited me to write a guest post for her blog on how I turn all the oddities in my head into a first draft. If you’d like to find out, why not take a look? Rebecca Bradley – Murder Down To A Tea    

Writing: NaNoWriMo

Posted September 11, 2015 by Elise in Writing / 4 Comments

My eighth book, and the first one I published, came about almost by accident. I’d always fancied writing a book about scuba diving, but never quite had enough of a plot to justify it. Then in October, chance took me horse riding in the mountains of Egypt’s South Sinai. It turned out my two companions […]