According to the last census, the UK is 87% white. So it’s perfectly feasible to have a number of different characters in your book and for them all to be white...
There are two main types of series: those planned in advance, and those that start off with what’s meant to be a standalone book...
But London was important as the main setting for The Victoria Lie because the city captures the idea that you can be surrounded by thousands of people but still be alone.
If you follow a few blogs and think you'd like your own space to write and share your thoughts, but the idea of having your own blog makes you feel a bit queasy... then maybe you should take a look at Medium. It's a website that allows you to post up articles you'd like to... Continue Reading →
The second book in The Butterfly Effect series has been awarded a 5-star review from Readers' Favorite.
I'm thrilled to announce that my debut novel The Second Cup has been named a finalist in the Readers' Favorite Book Awards 2018. View all finalists here The announcement is perfect timing because the ebook of The Second Cup is FREE across all Amazon websites until MIDNIGHT. Download your FREE copy
Sarah Marie Graye was born in Manchester, United Kingdom, in 1975, to English Catholic parents. The second eldest of five daughters, to the outside world Graye’s childhood followed a relatively typical Manchester upbringing… until aged nine, when she was diagnosed with depression.
It’s a diagnosis that has stayed with Graye over three decades, and something she believes has coloured every life decision, including the one to write a novel.
Graye wrote The Second Cup as part of an MA Creative Writing practice as research degree at London South Bank University – where she was the vice-chancellor’s scholarship holder.
First published in July 2017, The Second Cup was: longlisted for the Book Viral 2017 Millennium Book Award; a finalist in Read Freely’s Best Indie Book 2017; a finalist in the 12th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards; a semi-finalist in the Online Book Club 2017 Book of the Year Award…
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“The butterfly effect” is the idea that a butterfly flapping its wings could be the beginnings of a tornado: that life can be irrevocably affected by something completely disconnected from it.
When you start writing a novel, you think the writing itself is the process. Then you finish the first draft, and you realise that, no, it’s the editing that’s the process. But the process actually starts before any of this – at the idea development stage.
TIME reports that teens who are constantly on their phones may be at risk of ADHD. But their headline ignores the differences between causation and correlation.
I'm taking part in the Bookish World Cup with Rachel's Random Reads. My blog post is about the "Hand of God".
Could the hearing problem I've had all my life, which I've never had a satisfactory diagnosis for, be part of my ADHD?
I'm not the only person with mental health issues to be writing a blog about the suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. But it isn't about being the only one: it's about adding my voice.
Yesterday, a comment I made on a Guardian article about ableism was marked as a "Guardian Pick". I shared this news... and someone made an ableist comment about it. Sigh.
When I read about fellow author Stephanie Butland’s article about why coping with life after cancer is harder than the treatment, I felt I’d found a kindred soul.
The Second Cup is an award finalist for the fourth time – this time in the 12th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards.
This is not about whether one skill is "lesser" than the other, but simply about the fact they are "different".
After months of not typing a single word, I've written about 15,000 words in 10 days - and broken two nails in the process.
Today, over on the Pict Publishing blog, I've had two GDPR articles published. The first is an overview of what GDPR is and how it affects indie authors and the second is a "how to" article going through the steps of making sure your email newsletter list is ready for the data changes in March.... Continue Reading →