In The Beginning

On a Sunday in May 2012, I had some people round for lunch, among them my friend, the author Lisa Jewell. As we all sat down she told us that she’d just given up on her psychological thriller. She’d written the first chapter, but hadn’t been able to go on from there. “What happens in…

The Three Rejections

The Three Rejections. Christmassy, like the Shepherds, and the Kings. They came in a flurry, in mid-December. I was surprised, because I’d assumed that literary agents took ages to read and reply. Amidst my frantic seasonal preparations, I found a lot to take comfort in (“shows a great deal of promise“. ” You are certainly a…