Introducing the Climate Fiction Writers League

I’m very excited to be launching something I’ve been working on for a while now – a database of over fifty internationally published authors writing fiction about climate change. My next two novels are climate fiction, and during my research I’ve found a distinct lack of comprehensive resources about other eco-novels. My hope is thatContinue reading “Introducing the Climate Fiction Writers League”

Best reads of 2020

2019 favourites | 2018 favourites | 2017 favourites | 2016 favourites | 2015 favourites | 2014 favourites Disclaimer: as always, I’m not including any books where I know the author as a pal! Top 10 published in 2020 Baking at the 20th Century Cafe: Iconic European Desserts from Linzer Torte to Honey Cake by Michelle Polzine Throughout her baking career, Michelle Polzine ofContinue reading “Best reads of 2020”

10 Books I Want to Read in ’21

It’s the previews post! A lot of the books I include in these posts usually find their way into my end-of-year favourites posts a year later, so this is a sneak peek at what I’ll be loving this year. Enjoy! Previously: 15 books I want to read in ’15 | 16 books I want to read in ’16 | 17Continue reading “10 Books I Want to Read in ’21”

Sealed with a Loving Kiss short story anthology

A 4000-word short story I’ve written, Sealed with a Loving Kiss, is being released in an anthology. It was based on a prompt from a class of schoolchildren in Birmingham who asked for a ‘romance story about a meteorite hitting a snowman’ after doing my Science fiction writing workshop, where we created short stories basedContinue reading “Sealed with a Loving Kiss short story anthology”

Available for bookings – Editorial Critiques

Hi everyone, I currently have a slot available in my schedule for one novel edit in November – if you have something you’ve been working on, send me an email at laurenjamesauthor@gmail.com. Details on my services are below. From January 2021 I’m also running my online YA mentoring course for writers through WriteMentor for the fourth time!Continue reading “Available for bookings – Editorial Critiques”

Writing an Unreliable Narrator

If you’re a voracious reader, you probably recognise the structure of familiar plot formats as soon as you start reading a novel. It can sometimes get a bit boring when you can guess the twists of stories before they happen. The solution? Seek out books with unreliable narrators. You won’t guess the twists if theContinue reading “Writing an Unreliable Narrator”

A Definitive Ranking of the Deadliest Ghosts in Fiction

In my new novel The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker, my ghosts have magical powers, based on their personality and heritage. These powers can be anything from shape-shifting and hypnotism to clothing manipulation, so some are more useful than others. Harriet finds out exactly which powers are best when she struggles to defeat the otherContinue reading “A Definitive Ranking of the Deadliest Ghosts in Fiction”

My favourite female antiheroes

In my new novel The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker, I did something I’ve wanted to do for years – write about a girl who is unapologetically, completely evil. I’d never seen a villainous female character – like Loki – who I really sympathised with and rooted for. When Harriet dies in an abandoned building,Continue reading “My favourite female antiheroes”

In conversation with my editor

To celebrate the launch of The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker, I sat down with my editor at Walker Books, Emily McDonnell, to discuss writing, editing, and all things publishing. I’ve been working with Emily and Walker Books since 2014, on six novels, so our editing process is very streamlined. It was a pleasure toContinue reading “In conversation with my editor”

Cover reveal for The Deep-Sea Duke

I’m so excited to share the cover of The Deep-Sea Duke, coming out with Barrington Stoke in Feb 2021. This is set on an underwater planet, who are facing a climate crisis as refugees from a nearby planet keep arriving. It’s a scavenger hunt, a love story, and a drama of courtly intrigue in theContinue reading “Cover reveal for The Deep-Sea Duke”