Is it better to be single as a writer?

Being a writer requires a host of less than desirable personality traits. Voluntary, solitary isolation. A God Complex. Morbid curiosity. An overly analytical mind. Congratulations to whatever (un)lucky individuals we writers end up with. I hope you’re prepared for the jackpot you’ve won, but is being a writer whilst single any different from being in a…

How to still be a writer on days you don’t feel like writing

‘Write every day’ The mantra of established writers. The impossibility of first time novelist. It doesn’t matter what stands in the way of you and filling those blank pages with your carefully crafted masterpiece. Be it your job, family, writer’s block or your missing muse, some days the words cannot be forced out no matter…

The trouble with finding a good audiobook

As any avid audiobook listener will tell you, finding a good one is difficult. I listen to lots of them. I spend my day either at a microscope dissecting or at my computer analysing data. Although these require some skills, they leave my mind free to wander whilst my hands are otherwise engaged. I also…

Writing Science and Fiction

As a scientist, you owe it to your work to tell the story it confides in you. Data is what data is, but as a writer it is your job to make it a story worth telling. As a scientist and a novelist, I write both facts and fantasies. Through comparing the processes though, I…

Adult Young Adult- The Missing Genre

When I explain my enjoyment of young adult (YA) books, the response is often less than enthusiastic. It can feel like other people’s opinion of me plummets faster than had I said I spend my weekends playing my little pony. Like a lot of readers, I enjoy a range of genres, yet YA attracts the…