While it is true that frustrating your characters moves the narrative forward and holds the reader’s attention, does that have to entail going to extremes? In the struggle to gain and retain an audience, an increasing number of authors are tempted by the extreme.… Read more
The murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer who knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes while arresting him has sparked widespread demonstrations both in the US but also in other countries against police brutality and in favour of the Black Lives Matter movement.… Read more
The COVID pandemic has revealed many things, not all of them very welcome, and empowered people to speak out openly although not always to good effect. The crisis has the potential to shake up rigidly held beliefs, like the nature of schooling and the role of the curriculum.… Read more
March 31st was the annual International Transgender Day of Visibility. Transgender has become a regular topic in the media where the term is often associated with those who transition medically from one gender to another. But the term also embraces, amongst others, those who, like Peter in the Boy & Girl Saga, dress and act in public or in private as girls or boys when they were born with the opposite sex.… Read more
Sarah, Eloise and Peter are lying on Eloise’s bed. Peter is grappling with guilt about having been in Sarah’s arms when his soul-mate, Kate, contacted him. Sarah challenges his words. In this short extract Eloise sets Sarah right.
“Let him speak,” Eloise said.… Read more
It’s all very well telling people to stay at home to combat the Corona Virus. But what about those who have no roof over their heads? Those who have no home to return to?