There are things they don’t tell you about being an agented fiction writer. Some of this stuff, I learned the hard way when I briefly picked up the interest of an agent’s assistant on my first novel, way back in 2012. The interest proved to be short-lived. When you’re in the querying trenches, it seemsContinue reading “On Rejection”
In the midst of a third lockdown without sight of any sort of relief on the horizon, things have felt a lot more grim lately. I didn’t think that I’d be missing parties and my bookselling job all that much, and yet, here we are, and all I really want is to actually hang outContinue reading “Lockdown Updates and Worldbuilding Questions”
The skeleton of my story … serves as a useful guide, not only in terms of inspiring the questions my world-building needs to answer, but also as a kind of framework on which I can bounce the story around, and chop and change as needed. Dan Buchanan on knowing the story you’re telling Shortly afterContinue reading “Rivers of London Award Shortlist Interview: Dan Buchanan”
This is a story we are hesitant to tell… Esmie Jikiemi-Pearson – The Principle of Moments Shortly after Gollancz’s Rivers of London Award, I got in touch with the winners and other shortlistees to find out more about them and thier projects. In this post, Esmie Jikiemi-Pearson talks to me about her winning novel, TheContinue reading “Rivers of London Award Shortlist Interview: Esmie Jikiemi-Pearson”
Rivers of London award shortlistee, Jaya Martin, talks to me about her novel Blood of the Wolf and her influences as a writer.
It all started with a broken roof and a bangle made of cowries. Victor Ogana – Seeds of Heaven Check out the other interviews here. Shortly after Gollancz’s Rivers of London Award, I got in touch with the winners and other shortlistees to find out more about them and thier projects. In this post, VictorContinue reading “Rivers of London Award Shortlist Interview: Victor Ogana”
Way back in February, one of my colleagues alerted me to the new Award being organized by Gollancz and Ben Aaronovitch, focused on lifting up the voices of unpublished BAME authors and fostering new talent in the industry. Fast forward to all the craziness of this summer’s pandemic and the announcement of the shortlist, whereContinue reading “Rivers of London Award: Getting to Know the Shortlistees”
Back in 2016, I participated in a project called Stejjer Imfewħa, where we collected memories and turned them into stories…
Friends, I have news. For all of you who haven’t yet seen it through my social media yet, I’m absolutely over the moon. After two years of shaping and revising this book to make it the best it can be, as of two weeks ago, I finally managed a major leap forward. I have aContinue reading “News from the Querying Trenches”
If you’re finishing a novel but not quite sure you’re ready to share it, may I suggest a competition?