In my last three posts I discussed the 7 Romantic Comedy Beats, as defined by the screenwriter Billy Mernit, and how I’ve used them in my books. Here, I’m going to explain why I add an extra one at the end. A rom com –… Read More
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The 7 Romantic Comedy Beats: Part Three
In my previous two posts, I looked at the 7 beats of a rom com in screen writing terms, as defined by Billy Mernit, and how they can translate to books too. The final one is the resolution or, in Mernit’s lovely phrase, Joyful Defeat.… Read More
The 7 Romantic Comedy Beats: Part Two
Yesterday I posted about the first four Romantic Comedy Beats, as defined by Billy Mernitt: the Set Up, the Meet Cute, the Sexy Complication and the Hook. Here are the last three: Swivel: Second Turning-point This is the moment after the hero and heroine have… Read More
The 7 Romantic Comedy Beats: Part One
I am a bit of structure geek; I love thinking about narrative formulas. Recently I read Writing the Romantic Comedy by Billy Mernit, which talks about the Seven Basic Romantic Comedy Beats in screen writing. These are rules for film obviously, but they can apply… Read More
Are you a teen (or anyone) worried about the world today? Then this is the book I wrote for you.
When I was thirteen or fourteen, I started reading the newspapers. Big mistake. Murders, bombs, genocide in Rwanda; I was terrified, but I couldn’t stop myself from inhaling it all. Until one day, I came home from school, got into bed and basically refused to… Read More
Well, it’s been a while
The past six months have been crazy. On a global level but also on a macro personal level, and blogging is always the first thing to go. Now, things are looking both up and down … (but mainly up). I have a new teen romance coming… Read More
Today on blog tour: review by Sophie
Today on blog tour, it’s the turn of the amazing Sophie of Reviewed the Book. Sophie’s reviews are always really smart and perceptive, and generous without being uncritical. She never just says generic things; she always has really specific reasons why she likes things and… Read More
Blog tour begins today!
Want to read an exclusive extract of my new book? Then you’ve come to the right place. Or rather the wrong place. You need to be over with This Chick Reads today, where you can read Chapter 14 of Love and Other Man-Made Disasters. It’s… Read More
The inspiration behind Love and Other Man-Made Disasters
One of the questions writers get asked most often is ‘Where do you think of your ideas?’ I can be very precise about this in the case of Love and Other Man-Made Disasters. I thought of the idea when I was on the 46 bus near… Read More
Love and Other Man-Made Disasters is out today!
Today is publication day! My first ever YA book is out now and you can order it from your local bookshop, or buy it in paperback or Kindle HERE. I had planned a much longer post talking about the book, what it’s about and what… Read More