I didn't much mind Rowling when she was Pottering about. I've never read a word (or seen a minute) so I can't comment on whether the books were good, bad or indifferent. I did think it a shame that adults were reading them... But, then again, any reading is better than no reading, right? But <em>The Casual Vacancy </em>changed all that.
Once upon a time we all told stories. As children we learn about the world outside through our parents' fairy tales. Wolves, beasties and wicked stepmothers teach us that danger lurks for the unwary and we should always try to be brave, tell the truth, and avoid hurting other people's feelings...
One of the only good things about January, in my book, is that it's a great time of year to plan a holiday, and that's a perfect excuse to write a travel piece about one of my favourite places - New Zealand.
Don't get me wrong - the internet is about all about self-expression and I'm all for it, but it does have its downsides, and if you're an author, the one-star review is definitely one of them. But even the greats of the past are not immune, so it being the season for some harmless fun, here are some of my favourite one-star Amazon reviews for ten of the world's best-loved books.
From Hammer to <em>The Hunger</em>, <em>Twilight </em>to <em>True Blood</em>, when it comes to screen memes, vampires really do seem to be the gift that keeps on giving. But I'll confess that when I heard that Sky Living were going to screen a lavish new adaptation of <em>Dracula </em> made for NBC, I was initially sceptical.
Stoker was born in Dublin in 1847, and given how vast the vampire vibe has now become, you can't blame his home town for claiming him. And boy did they get their teeth into it, exploring every possible angle of the book's creation and legacy, from rave to grave.
It really is possible to produce corporate communications that actually communicate. It's not easy, and you'll be caught between the irresistible force of 'we've always done it this way', and the immoveable object of fifteen rounds of tedious approvals that will slowly bleach out any interest or readability your bold first draft might once have had.
She was discovered in an advanced state of pregnancy, despite the fact that she had been estranged from her husband for over two years; and last, and most explosively, the husband in question was not only the eldest son of a baronet, but the noted radical, atheist and poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley.
I've been on Twitter since the summer of 2010, soon after my first novel was published. Three books, three years and a few thousand followers later, I think I may be getting the hang of it. So for what it's worth, here are my own five ways to get the best out of Twitter, and make sure it gets the best out of me.
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