Category: Owen Archer and Lucie Wilton

Female Friendships

Last week a friend with whom I’d lost contact called me, and as soon as I heard her voice, so familiar and welcome, the years fell away. We talked and talked, and my mood’s been buoyant ever since. We met 30 years ago in… Continue Reading “Female Friendships”

Shop Talk: Character-Driven

Character-driven: it’s a phrase that’s become so common in reviews and articles about publishing that it’s in danger of becoming a cliche–perhaps it already has. But I live with the reality of a character-driven career. I am haunted, teased, cajoled, intrigued, scolded by my… Continue Reading “Shop Talk: Character-Driven”

The Hero's Wife–draft delivered

Just before midnight 7 July I emailed a complete draft of The Hero’s Wife to my editor at Crown.  Hurrah! Though I laugh at friends who say, Wow! It’s finished. It’s far from “finished”, but I’ve followed the story through, and come to a… Continue Reading “The Hero's Wife–draft delivered”

The Hero’s Wife–draft delivered

Just before midnight 7 July I emailed a complete draft of The Hero’s Wife to my editor at Crown.  Hurrah! Though I laugh at friends who say, Wow! It’s finished. It’s far from “finished”, but I’ve followed the story through, and come to a… Continue Reading “The Hero’s Wife–draft delivered”

My Most Painful Scene (so far)

Avril Field-Taylor wrote recently, “It’s a long time since I cried at the death of a character, but I did at Thoresby’s death in Vigil of Spies.” In the Author’s Note of Vigil I mentioned the little tricks I used to cheer myself up… Continue Reading “My Most Painful Scene (so far)”