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Cosplay Killer is 99c from November 25 – 30th

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Ghost Light Killer is 2.99 from November 25 – 30th

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Crown Court Killer is 2.99 from November 25 – 30th

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The Farm To Fabre Playlist

  1. Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen
  2. Under Pressure – Queen & David Bowie
  3. Rumour Has It – Adele
  4. Lemon Tree – Fools Garden
  5. Love Again – Dua Lipa
  6. Got My Mind Set On You – George Harrison
  7. Start Me Up – Rolling Stones
  8. Walk of Life – Dire Straits
  9. Friday I’m in Love – The Cure
  10. Killer Queen – Queen

Where do I find inspiration?

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(Image by fiach from Pixabay)

I hate the question. Where do I find inspiration? It’s one of those open-ended questions that causes my mind to go blank. Just…blank. No ideas. Nothing.

So I thought I’d share where I got the initial inspiration for a few of my different books.

– the Blackbird Series: a crazy dream I had the week before NaNoWriMo started.

– After the Scrum: I made the mistake of watching 7 Nation rugby a week before NaNoWriMo one year.

– Royal Marine: Bake Off. Seriously. I binge-watched a few seasons of it, and Akash sprung from that.

– One Last Heist: Ocean’s Eleven.

– Motts: Motts was inspired by two things. One, the idea of someone naming their child after the food they crave while pregnant. Two, the series Rosemary & Thyme.

– My current WIP is inspired by Britain’s Secret Treasures, a show all about the artifacts people find while using metal detectors.

– Cosplay Killer was inspired in part by this:

– Pure Dumb Luck: I saw a news story about someone winning the lottery and sharing it with their best friend.

If you’re an author, where do you find inspiration for your books?

Autistic Author advice…

…for autistic (and neurodivergent) authors.

There is so much advice online for authors. The vast majority of it always seems to be focused on neurotypical authors. It’s something I’ve always found to be quite frustrating.

Much of that advice is often something that is no help to me at all. In fact, I’ve usually found it can be detrimental to my writing process. So I thought I’d share a few things that I’ve found work for me.

I’m not an expert in anything aside from my own process.

1. If writing blog posts feels like too much? Do bullet points.

2. Make a daily to-do lists and if even one thing is crossed off–that’s a win.

3. Do creative work in the morning. I seem to be at my most creative early in the day. Whatever your ‘on’ time is, do the writing stuff then.

4. If editing is causing anxiety, do one edit/one page/fix one issue per day until it’s done.

5. Using Pomodoro Study With Me videos as a way to get things done when I’m struggling to focus:

6. If emails are stressing me out, I close out my inbox. I’ve found the majority of emails can wait. The world doesn’t end if I can’t respond immediately.

7. Boundaries matter.

8. No matter what ‘all the experts’ say. I have to find a way to make social media work for me.

9. Some days, I just can’t write. There’s no shame in taking a break.

A few of Motts’ favourite things.

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(not counting her cat, turtle, and friends lol.)

More specifically, here’s a few of Motts’s favourite Christmas things.

  1. Mince Pies (also, my favourite holiday thing)
  2. Making Gifts
  3. Faery lights, mostly the non-flashing variety
  4. Holiday cardigans
  5. Walking with her Granddad on Christmas Eve
  6. Her nan’s special treats
  7. Vlogmas from her favourite YouTube channels

Her least favourite things:

  1. Carolling.

Really, that’s it. Carolling. A nightmare for Motts.

What are your favourite holiday things?

The Purloined Poinsettia Playlist

  1. Faith’s Song – Amy Wadge
  2. O Come, All Ye Faithful – Pentatonix
  3. Better Days – Dermot Kennedy
  4. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  5. Love You Right – Walk Off The Earth
  6. Deck The Halls – Pentatonix
  7. The First Noel – Pentatonix
  8. White Winter Hymnal – Pentatonix
  9. 12 Days of Christmas – Pentatonix
  10. Happy Now – Pentatonix

Things I googled for Purloined Poinsettia

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  1. Dulwich Village
  2. Various stairwells in the tube stations in and around Covent Garden
  3. How fire spreads
  4. Seeds to plant in winter
  5. Winter storms in Cornwall
  6. Covent Gardens flats.
  7. Travel routes/times between Dulwich and Polperro
  8. Unique manners of death
  9. Serial Killers and why they keep trophies
  10. Best cat treats