Try Not to Breathe

#1 bestselling audiobook!

21st December 2016
screenshot of Try Not to Breathe bestselling audiobook on Amazon UK

I’m over the moon to say that Try Not to Breathe is currently the number one bestselling audiobook on Amazon.co.uk.

I love the way the vocal actors bring my characters to life in this version, and if you’ve not heard it yet it’s currently just 99p.

I love listening to audiobooks myself, especially on long trips. With a lot of schlepping about coming up for Christmas, I hope that Amy, Alex and Jacob can brighten a few of your journeys.

Download Try Not to Breathe the audiobook for 99p.

 

Don't Close Your Eyes

Don’t Close Your Eyes or you’ll miss this video

10th December 2016

How cool is this? My wonderful publisher Corvus has put together a video for Don’t Close Your Eyes and it makes me want to squeal. It also makes me want to read the book even though I already know what happens…

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Don't Close Your Eyes

Don’t Close Your Eyes – available to pre-order now

9th December 2016
Don't Close Your Eyes book cover

Want to get Don’t Close Your Eyes as soon as it comes out? Like, the second it’s released? Pre-order your Kindle copy today and the minute the clock strikes on 6 July 2017, it’ll be ready to download to your device.

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Here comes the blurb…

Robin and Sarah weren’t the closest of twins. They weren’t even that similar. But they loved each other dearly. Until, in the cruellest of domestic twists, they were taken from one another.

Now, in her early 30s, Robin lives alone. Agoraphobic and suffering from panic attacks, she spends her days pacing the rooms of her house. The rest of the time she watches – watches the street, the houses, the neighbours. Until one day, she sees something she shouldn’t…

And Sarah? Sarah got what she wanted – the good-looking man, the beautiful baby, the perfect home. But she’s just been accused of the most terrible thing of all. She can’t be around her new family until she has come to terms with something that happened a long time ago. And to do that, she needs to track down her twin sister.

But Sarah isn’t the only person looking for Robin. As their paths intersect, something dangerous is set in motion, leading Robin and Sarah to fight for much more than their relationship…

Writing

How I write books

15th November 2016

Okay, I’m waiting for something and consequently finding it impossible to focus on my work in progress so instead I’m going to write… about writing. I think this is where I insert a gif of a snake eating itself and procrastinate for even longer via a deep dive into Giphy.

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Since I was published, I’ve received a lot of interesting questions from readers, especially those working on books of their own. Something that comes up a lot is how I write, my process for turning this:

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Into this:

 

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So I thought I would attempt to boil it down and show you the raw ingredients.

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Writing

How Aaron Sorkin is making me a better writer

8th October 2016

Yes, I am deliberately making it sound as if Aaron Sorkin is giving me personal one to one advice. Of course he isn’t really. But I kind of feel like he is.

I’ve been taking his online screenwriting masterclass from the aptly named Masterclass.com and it’s exceptionally inspiring and useful, not just for fledgling screenwriting attempts, but for writing in general.

There are 35 lessons in total and I’m not going to blabber the contents all over the place (not least because I’d get in trouble) but one lesson in particular really stood out. It’s called “Writing Habits”.

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Try Not to Breathe

Blimey, 1000 Goodreads reviews!

11th September 2016
screenshot of Try Not to Breathe on Goodreads

I got my first Goodreads review in June 2015. It was a bolt from the blue. Being a debut novelist, every step of the process was a mystery and this was just one more. I had no idea that I’d get a review eight months before the book was even released. Fittingly – as it arrived a month before I was due to move with my family to Amsterdam – it was in Dutch. I copied and pasted it into Google Translate and – thank goodness – it was a positive one. I could breathe.

I forwarded the link to pretty much everyone I knew. And the next one, and the one after that. I didn’t realise, I didn’t ever consider, that they would ever appear too quickly and in too great a number to keep sending them individually to the many people who worked on the book with me. But they did.

I refreshed the page hourly for weeks, probably months. Every time someone liked it, I wanted to thank them personally. Every time someone didn’t, I wanted to explain, plead the case for my characters. I LUCKILY managed to do neither. Eventually, I learned just not to look. It’s not good for the heart, and definitely not good for the work in progress.

But I do log on to answer any questions or update my author page and so I have seen the review number tick steadily up. And I still can’t believe that it’s hit this number, but it has. And I’m incredibly grateful. To everyone who has taken the time, enthused and fed back. THANK YOU. I promise you, if you ever wondered, authors are grateful to each of you even if we can only look at what you wrote through our fingers after a couple of tequila shots.