Adaptability has been my watchword over recent months. Like many writers I’ve felt disappointment at my inability to attend literary events in person. I’ve missed the social interaction that comes from meeting other writers and the sheer pleasure of browsing in bookshops. However I have been amazed at the resourcefulness of colleagues who have taught me new IT skills. Consequently I have been delighted to contribute to podcasts and online events. In particular I was excited to take part in a transatlantic Arts programme curated by Novel Nights UK and Cheap Imitation USA. This took the format of literary discussion, music and readings from six US and six UK writers. The readings covered an eclectic mix: YA fiction, short stories, historical, literary fiction, and psychological thrillers, with musical interludes. Working online has demonstrated to me the power of global outreach and this was a great way to forge new connections.
Furthermore I have now joined forces with fellow author, Amanda Read, to launch a video collective known as World to Write. Amanda recently published her debut novel Lost and Waiting and, in the first two episodes of World to Write we share tips on subjects such as genre, cover design, marketing strategy and research. You can view the videos here, and I hope you enjoy them: