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The Anniversary - Book Club Questions

POSTED BY Laura, 28 Apr, 2022

1. Did The Anniversary hook you immediately, or did it take you a while to get into? 2. Do you think the book portrays a realistic picture of new motherhood? 3. Do you find the character of Cassie relatable? 4. Do you find the depiction of caring for a loved…

One Foot

POSTED BY Laura, 31 Dec, 2019

On the 1st of January this year, like millions of other people, I went for a run. But for me, it wasn’t a New Year’s resolution. My husband was very ill. Terminally ill. He was in a lot of pain, and it was only going to get worse. Things had…



POSTED BY Laura, 8 Dec, 2019

JOY It’s because of the dark, we see the beauty in in the spark When I’m asked what my favourite Christmas song is, I’m always ready with the answer. It’s not Fairytale of New York, or even A Winter’s Tale by David Essex (although I am extremely partial to it),…

A Series of Small Rooms

POSTED BY Laura, 3 May, 2019

The news comes slowly, over a series of meetings in small rooms. In the first one, we look at each other, wide-eyed, not knowing what to expect. They don’t like to spell it out. They don’t like to use the word. They talk about malignant-looking masses, clusters of lymph nodes.…

Friend Request book club questions

Friend Request book club questions

POSTED BY Laura, 19 Apr, 2018

I’ve been asked a few times recently if there are any book club questions for Friend Request, which there weren’t, so I decided I’d better write some! I’ve come up with the following list, but let me know if you can think of any more and I’ll add them! Did…

How I Got My Agent

How I Got My Agent

POSTED BY Laura, 2 Mar, 2017

Before I secured agent representation, I devoured these kinds of posts like a dieter demolishing a packet of chocolate hobnobs. I couldn’t get enough of them, those fairy tales for aspiring writers: How I Found My Agent And Lived Happily Ever After. I pored over them, looking for clues, tips,…

Do creative writing courses help in getting published?

Do creative writing courses help in getting published?

POSTED BY Laura, 31 Jan, 2017

There’s been a lot written about creative writing courses over the past few years. They spring up like mushrooms, proliferating at an alarming rate. When I sat down at my computer in September 2015 and googled “creative writing courses”, the array was bewildering. I was fairly sure that some of…

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