Reasons Why I Am Your Unconventional Author…

I am young (I wrote my first book by 14, published it at 18 and kept going...) I am mixed race (not a lot of people who look like me are seen as the "author type" sadly). I'm from a working-class family and poor area. I'm not highly educated. I'm not well-read or well-spoken. I'm [...]

“The Fall” – A Poem

For as long as I can remember, I have feared the Fall. That time, they call it September, when things change. The sun retreats behind the clouds. The biting chill comes stalking. And the days shrink away... Leaving only the grey. Then, I inevitably fall. Fall into anxiety. Fall into depression. Fall into self-doubt and [...]

Africa Changed Things…

I'm so sorry that I've been absent for so long. Silly me, I actually forgot to tell you that I went to South Africa for two weeks at the end of August - whoops! I'm back now and I've been busy throwing up and having anxiety and writing a new book and going back to [...]

Why Writers Get Depressed

Don't worry, this post won't be as "depressing" as it sounds. I just wanted to reach out to my fellow writers and say you're not alone if you've ever felt depressed. Because we all get like that at times and here's why writers suffer so much. Our work is under appreciated and under valued. We [...]

Writing Advice NOT to Take

"Never start a story with the weather" - you can do whatever you like, as long as it's not boring! "Write what you know" - yes, you should explore what you know first, definitely. But if you want to write something else, do it! Technically, I started writing a love story before I knew what [...]

What Makes a Character Bad 

They make decisions that don't really make sense.  They're bad to be bad. They have no history. They don't want anything. There's nothing driving them forwards except you, the writer.  They're a meh character. Nothing about them is interesting. No one cares about them. They aren't realistic. Maybe they're perfect or never make mistakes or [...]

How to Create a Character Profile

Anyone who is serious about writing a story, especially one with a lot of characters, should know what a character profile is - and use them. Take my fantasy series, for example, there are over 160 main-ish characters throughout the 4 books. Yes, that many! In order to keep up, and know each of them [...]