Walking in the Footsteps of Cornish Writers

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Happy New Year Everyone! OK, so you’re still the teensiest bit hung over from the excesses of Christmas and New Year. But now it’s 2016, and time to ditch that cabin fever. Come with me. Fill your lungs with invigorating sea air, and stride out past the creeks and coves of beautiful Cornwall. We’re in the company of busy Cornish writer, Sue Kittow, who has dropped by my blog this week to tell us about her two very entertaining books …

Make Your Dreams Come True

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HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE! Many gifts still to wrap, cards still to write, food to buy, drinks to organise, phone calls to make, cupboards to tidy, floors to wash – and a chapter of the book to write! Isn’t Christmas wonderful? I’m not normally so disorganised, but this year, with so much to do, I’ve definitely been struggling. Next year things will be different! Step up my new best friend, the Erin Condren LifePlanner. This little beauty will keep me on …

A Writers’ Club’s Ghostly Success!

Rena George Stories, Writing 4 Comments

I recently had the pleasure of being in invited to judge a writers’ club ghost story competition. The quality of the submitted stories was heart-warming. The effort and sheer hard work that so obviously went into every single entry just shone through. I’m a big supporter of writing groups. They provide the opportunity to meet like-minded people and share support and encouragement with each other. Plus…you can have your work critiqued by fellow members. And if you’re lucky, someone brings cake. …

Plotting the Novel from the End!

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I’m almost 30,000 words into Book Six in my Loveday Ross Cornish mysteries series. It’s been progressing slowly and steadily, which is great considering the different approach I’m trying with this novel. My cast of characters came first, as always, and I’ve fleshed the new ones out with a CV and backstory. I even write a little potted history and description of places my characters visit. This is also the first time I’ve plotted my ending first. I took advice …

Flying the Flag for Cornwall

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You know me, any excuse to wax lyrical about Cornwall. The fact that the county has just been voted the UK’s favourite holiday destination for the SEVENTH time by the British Travel Awards is a definite reason to once again celebrate this gorgeous corner of England. If you’ve never been there, or (like me) are a regular visitor and suffering withdrawal symptoms because you’re not actually there at the moment, then here are a few images to wet your appetite. …

Writing Historical Fiction

Rena George Fiction, Writing, Yorkshire 8 Comments

I hadn’t intended writing a blog post on historical fiction this week, but these pictures, which I took in a 17th century coaching inn a day ago, seemed to lend themselves to it. Old places – I mean really old places – draw me like a moth to the flame. I have a fascination for the past and for how people used to live, which is why I set my Mellin Cove series in 18th century Cornwall. The pub in …

How To Write A Scary Ghost Story

Rena George Poldark, Seasonal 4 Comments

Ghosts, ghouls and scary monsters that roam about in the night! It’s that time of year again when witches and warlocks engage in wicked practices, and the souls of the dead are set free to wander. Eeeeek! Have I scared you? For us writers it’s the time we all wish we had written that ghost story six months ago,  and were now reaping the rewards of our efforts in the pages of some glossy magazine. Never mind, there’s always next …

Can You Bake a Cornish Pasty? You Can Now…

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  They have a saying in Cornwall that a good diet is having a Cornish pasty in both hands. And when they’re as tasty as the one above then who would disagree? In the interest of research, over many years of visiting Cornwall, I’ve eaten a lot of pasties. Well…you have to, don’t you? Anyway, after all this dedicated tasting business I can report that the bestest EVER pasty comes from Ann’s Pasty Bakehouse (like the one above did)  on …

Why do we love reading fiction?

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  It’s a no brainer. The stories in books can transport us into another life – a life that is more glamorous, thrilling, romantic and dangerous – more frightening, even than the real lives we all live. …And don’t we love it! In books we can visit exciting places; follow our characters into danger without the slightest fear of putting ourselves at risk. We can be romanced or shocked, terrified or intrigued, outraged or amused. We can be anything we …

Welcome to My New Look Blog

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I’m back! And with a great sigh of relief (from me) my blog is up and running again. Yay! I hope you will agree that it’s much cleaner, easier to read, and generally just looks a lot better than before. Being metamorphosed isn’t easy folks and if anyone tries to fool you into believing that such a change around it’s painless, well…just don’t believe them. We’ve suffered all kinds of angst about what to put in here and what to …