We’ve all read books that start well, which is probably why we’ve bought them in the first place, and then sag boringly in the middle. Sometimes these pieces can end nicely too, almost as though the author knew where s/he wanted to end up, but didn’t quite know how to navigate the way deftly enough. Great: I’ve identified the issue, now I just need to … Continue reading Trying not to Lag in the Middle
Sometimes, during novel writing, I need to include something I don’t know about. For that, I need to research. It’s not my favourite part of the job. Now, that might surprise you, if you know how many degrees I have. It seems that I just don’t like researching for novel writing. In fact, it might even beat synopsis writing to the bottom slot. Clearly, I … Continue reading Research? Yuck!
Having Ashes out in the world is wonderful. Being published is just what I wanted. It’s very exciting that people will be able to read something I have poured so much of myself into. Really, it is. Then why do I feel a bit embarrassed? I am humbled when someone buys my book. I am grateful. I fervently hope they will enjoy it. (But that … Continue reading Control Freak Issues
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Sarah Mitchell-Jackson is the author of Ashes. What led you to write Ashes? Ha! That’s a really tough question to answer, because Ashes came from everything that has ever happened to me and everything I have ever heard of happening to others and a very healthy glug of my over-active imagination. I’m the sort of novelist that puts everything in… Continue reading We interviewed Sarah Mitchell-Jackson author of Ashes
Ashes is available to pre-order on Amazon Continue reading Ashes on Amazon
For those of you who have been waiting, it’s been a long time – about two years. I’m happy to tell you, though, that your wait is almost over. Ashes, my (ahem) much-anticipated first novel, is soon to be published. The good people at Lorelei Press are putting the finishing touches to Ashes as I write this. For those of you who have not been … Continue reading Ashes is on its way!
I love short stories. I always have, so I don’t understand why collections are deemed not to sell well. I buy them. Short stories are glimpses into worlds. They allow a sip of the extraordinary. They indulge suggestions of weirdness, surreal, supernatural in a way that might seem absurd in a novel. I grew up on Radio 4, which fed me a steady diet of … Continue reading Reading Short Stories
If you follow me on Twitter, you might have seen me use a special hashtag. #AmWriting. I used to use it all the time. Every day. Then I had another baby. Now it’s a miracle if I get to write. Well, miracles do happen and I have been writing. I’m back on the short stories. I have one and a half at the moment in … Continue reading Getting Back To It
Episode 74 of No Extra Words was first broadcast on Friday 3rd February 2017. Listen to it HERE If you just want to see my writing space click HERE Continue reading My Writing Space on No Extra Words
You can listen to my short story, Storm, on the No Extra Words podcast by clicking here. Storm was first published exactly a year ago on 16th November 2015 on the Friday Phrases website to accompany an interview and can be read here. Continue reading Storm on No Extra Words podcast