On getting my first letter from a reader...

I’d had quite a tiring week, with some really tough moments in it, for reasons I won’t share here, and I was feeling exhausted and low. Then my dear friend gave me a fan letter from a child she knew. I got tears in my eyes reading it and seeing the gorgeous fan art he’d drawn in response to Dragon Daughter - of a wonderful and very fierce dragon. This meant the world to me.

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Booksellers of Britain, I salute you! Launching Dragon daughter

I’ve always loved bookshops, ever since I was a book-obsessed child of nine or so. Once my mum had to do holiday cover for her friend’s bookshop – this was my idea of absolute heaven. I worked my way through the children’s shelves, sitting in a chair in the corner. Recently, launching Dragon Daughter, I had a glimpse of just how hard booksellers work; how their expertise and energy can support an author; and how their love of a particular book can transform that book’s journey to its readers.

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Shut up, Show up and Write: #100DaysOfWriting

Two things have helped bring me to this point: I was inspired by Jenn Ashworth’s recent 100 Days of Writing project, described so beautifully in this blog by Prolifiko, the writers’ productivity coach. I also read Steven Pressfield’s book The War of Art (Black Irish Entertainment, 2002), all about overcoming procrastination and committing to creative practice. Both helped me see that I was wasting time and energy justifying not writing, when I could just show up and write.

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