Write about zombie cats & other writing tips

Over the last few months I’ve done a lot of events, and I always get asked for my top writing tips. I don’t really believe in “writing” tips, because as long as a story is compelling, you can break any rule and it’ll work (there is nothing wrong with adverbs, for example). Most of theContinue reading “Write about zombie cats & other writing tips”

US Book Deal announced!

THE NEWS IS OUT! The Next Together is being pub’ed in the US by Sky Pony Press, edited by Alison Weiss! I’m absolutely thrilled to bits. I’ve been keeping this a secret since MAY so I’m going to be talking about it a lot now that I finally can! I’m really excited to work with the wonderful Alison andContinue reading “US Book Deal announced!”

Things I liked in December | And then there were none | Oscar Isaac | Podcasts

Previously: April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November It’s mid-January! I’m very late with this post! Let’s get on with it!   Podcast – Fiction Addiction My friend Sarah records this, and it’s really thoughtful and broad, and I’m very into it. Recently, she and her co-host have discussed Jessica Jones, Code Name Verity,Continue reading “Things I liked in December | And then there were none | Oscar Isaac | Podcasts”

The 2015 WordPress.com Year In Review!

Originally posted on WordPress.com News:
Here’s an incredible fact: together, you published more than 660 million posts on WordPress.com in 2015, and made more than 655 million comments. That’s a whole lot of joy, laughter, tears, insight, and thoughtfulness. And it’s just one part of a huge global community of people — WordPress now powers more than 25%…

My favourite Christmas books

The tree is up, the advent calendar chocolates are nearly all eaten, and the mulled wine has been drunk – it’s nearly Christmas! Here are some of my favourite YA books with Christmas scenes, to help you feel festive. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis When Peter, Susan, Edmund and LucyContinue reading “My favourite Christmas books”

Article for The Guardian: Scientific inaccuracies your favourite historical characters definitely believed

From smoking being good for you, to it being possible to turn metal into gold, have you ever wondered what Mr Darcy, Dr Frankenstein and Miss Marple would have accepted as plain fact? Lauren James reveals all here! Mr Darcy (seen here played by Colin Firth in the film of Pride and Prejudice) would haveContinue reading “Article for The Guardian: Scientific inaccuracies your favourite historical characters definitely believed”

November Favourites | Soap & Glory | Joules | Lovelace & Babbage

Previously: April | May | June | July | August | September | October It’s nearly December! Thank god, amirite guys? My November has been pretty terrible. I’ve been deep in edit swampland on The Last Beginning for most of November, so I only actually finished reading two books. However, one of them was a graphic novel so incredible I wish itContinue reading “November Favourites | Soap & Glory | Joules | Lovelace & Babbage”