A Book Trailer for Versions of the Self Releases!

When I opened up my messages today and saw one from my online friend Abid A. Sayyed saying that he had created a video for my second poetry book Versions of the Self, I was overjoyed. I immediately clicked on it and let’s just say it’s been a reason to smile again and again! Thank you again, Abid, for this generous gift.

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Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene Launches Murder at the Bijou – Three Ingredients I

I am a big fan of Indie authors, and that’s no secret! What is more of a secret though are the details of the killing that is the focus of Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene’s book Murder at the Bijou – Three Ingredients I. Teagan is stopping by as part of her book launch, and I’m Continue reading

Addressing Self Harm in Fiction Writing (Guest Post)

Please join me in welcoming author Marjorie Mallon as a guest author on the blog today! Her debut book The Curse of Time Book 1 Bloodstone addresses the issue of self harm and is the subject of this important post. Let’s give Marjorie the floor.


Today I’d like to discuss one particular character in my novel: The Curse of Time Book 1 Bloodstone. Her name is Esme and she self-harms. I sometimes wonder why I created such a disturbing, vulnerable character. I believe Esme came into my consciousness almost without my realising. She grew out of a nugget of an idea I had about a girl being trapped, in a time she didn’t feel comfortable with.

At the time I’d heard disturbing true life stories through my circle of family and friends about young people who self-harmed and naturally this saddened and shocked me. Young people from all walks of life, whether underprivileged or wealthy, from ‘loving’ families or neglected households felt the need to express themselves by inflicting injury on their skin.

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