The White Scorpion by Rob Sinclair

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When I first began blogging I met author Rob Sinclair who was just starting out as a full time writer. Since then I have been delighted to feature Rob on Linda’s Book Bag every year. Rob previously wrote a wonderful guest post about becoming a full time writer that you can read here and I have my review of Rob’s book Red Cobra, that you can read here. Last year Rob kindly stayed in with me to chat about The Green Viper in a post you can see here.

I was thrilled when Rob asked if I’d like a copy of the latest book in his James Ryker series, The White Scorpion, for review and I’m delighted to share that review today.

The White Scorpion was published by Bloodhound on 16th July 2019 and is available for purchase here.

The White Scorpion

The White Scorpion

Rule number one for an agent of the secretive JIA is to follow orders, no matter what.

But James Ryker has never cared much for rules. He only wants to do what is right.

Assigned to join a crew of elite security personnel in Chabon, Africa, Ryker’s mission objective is clouded by politics and obfuscation, and he knows only that to protect British interests in the region, he is to infiltrate the close protection team of the government of Chabon, a country with a dark and violent past.

Arriving in Chabon’s crumbling capital, Kilpassa, Ryker finds a country on the brink of civil war. A growing civilian rebellion threatens peace, with claims of atrocities committed by both sides, including the frail government run by enigmatic President Benyu – a former military general who took control of the country in a violent coup.

Drawn into Benyu’s inner circle, it soon becomes clear to Ryker that in Chabon, the lines between good and bad, and right and wrong, are nearly impossible to identify.

With a crisis of epic proportions unfolding before his eyes, Ryker knows one thing for sure: with or without the backing of his superiors, he must take drastic action, and quickly, or risk putting millions of innocent lives in danger.

My Review of The White Scorpion

James Ryker is back being put through his paces on a new mission.

Although The White Scorpion is the fifth in the James Ryker series of books and I haven’t read them all, it didn’t matter at all because this book can easily be read as a stand alone novel.

The White Scorpion opens in dramatic fashion and doesn’t let up for a moment until the very last full stop. I found it utterly intriguing to see how Rob Sinclair would take me from the prologue through the events of the previous few weeks that lead up to that point, and he did so with such skill that I am incredibly impressed. The plot of The White Scorpion is an absolute corker. It’s high octane, heart thumping and fast paced so that I found my pulse elevated and I could NOT tear myself away. The short chapters and the manner in which each one ends adds to the breathlessness experienced in reading Rob Sinclair’s magnificent story. I can’t understand why his James Ryker series hasn’t hit our screens yet as it is far better than anything of a similar vein that I have read.

Whilst The White Scorpion has more violence than the books I usually read, it never feels gratuitous. Rather, Rob Sinclair presents a realistic and vivid portrait of an unstable African country and the behind the scenes manipulations by international Western governments. The themes of corruption, power and state are all too believable so that as well as being a very exciting read, this book is an unsettling one too. I fear there is more veracity in Robe Sinclair’s writing than any of us might like to acknowledge. His portrayal of an African landscape felt very real to me too, and I was reminded of the places I have visited in Africa very evocatively.

It took me only seconds to fall back in love with Ryker who out shines any James Bond or Jack Reacher for me, but equally I found the other characters absorbing and intriguing. Not one of the fairly numerous cast felt bland or one dimensional. I wanted the working relationship between Ryker and Monroe to develop into a personal one because they felt so real to me. However, you’ll have to read The White Serpent to discover what, if anything, happens there!

The White Scorpion is a brilliant political thriller. I absolutely devoured it in two days because Rob Sinclair made me desperate to know what would happen next. I cannot recommend it highly enough – especially if, like me, this isn’t your usual reading genre. I’d urge you to give it a try because it’s fabulous.

About Rob Sinclair

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Rob Sinclair is the author of the critically acclaimed and bestselling Enemy series and James Ryker series of espionage thrillers as well as the globetrotting thriller hit Sleeper 13. His books have sold over half a million copies to date with many reviewers and readers having likened Rob’s work to authors at the very top of the genre, including Lee Child and Vince Flynn.

Rob began writing in 2009 following a promise to his wife, an avid reader, that he could pen a ‘can’t put down’ thriller. He worked for nearly 13 years for a global accounting firm after graduating from The University of Nottingham in 2002, specialising in forensic fraud investigations at both national and international levels. Rob now writes full time.

Originally from the North East of England, Rob has lived and worked in a number of fast paced cities, including New York, and is now settled in the West Midlands with his wife and young sons.

You can follow Rob on Twitter @RSinclairAuthor, visit his website and find him on Facebook.

Instead by Sue Hampton

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A while ago lovely Sue Hampton asked me if I would review one of her short stories that was about to be part of a new anthology and I was delighted to review The Pomegranate Flower. Little did I realise that Sue would be sending me a finished copy of her latest book, Instead, containing The Pomegranate Flower, with me quoted within its pages.

Now, I had considered simply announcing the details of Instead sharing my review of the one story and leaving it at that because, like all bloggers, I have more books than there are years left in my life to read them. However, I’ve read work by Sue before and I hoped I would enjoy the complete collection in Instead as much as I did Ravelled, my review of which you can read here. I was right. I did!

Sue has also written a super guest post for Linda’s Book Bag to celebrate one of her children’s books when The Lucy Wilson Mysteries: Avatars of the Intelligence was published and you can read that post here.

Instead is available for purchase here.

Instead

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Instead is a new collection of short stories for adults to follow Ravelled and Woken.

There are stories set in the past and in the present, and you will notice a range of styles – but no fairy tales or fables this time, no fantasy or magic realism. With Instead I’m keeping it real. Whatever the arc, genre or seed of each story, I believe they all offer hope as well as humanity – because if we are to make a better world to share, then humanity is where hope lies.

My Review of Instead

An eclectic mix of stories and people.

Sue Hampton is an astounding writer. She takes the constrained boundaries of the short story in Instead and makes them into something magical. Within a very few words Sue Hampton draws in the reader and immerses them in the lives of her characters who feel real, human and flawed. This is such beautifully crafted writing that I can see myself returning to the collection time and again and finding something new each visit; a nuance, a meaning, a feeling that I may have missed the first time. The stories in Instead seem to operate on many levels.

Sue Hampton writes with what feels to me like great humanity. Occasionally there is a slight ambiguity in her stories giving the reader opportunity to decide their own interpretation and outcomes. I loved the balance of age, race and gender woven throughout making it feel as if Instead gives status and credence to all. The balance of sentence length, direct speech to exposition and the inclusion of so many aspects of real life from procreation to grief all add up to a gorgeously satisfying reading experience.

The plots of the stories in Instead could easily be full length novels because there is so much packed into them. Not a word is wasted and yet there is a texture of emotion, the senses and action that belies their length. The themes explored are so relevant to all, from poverty to friendship, infidelity to sexual identity so that all life is available in this slim volume.

Not only did I enjoy reading the stories, but I found the opinions of the reviewers shared after each one fascinating. It was as if Instead was my own personal book group where I was able to listen to a discussion as well as read so that this felt like a very interactive experience.

I always proclaim that I’m not overly fond of short stories. In Instead, Sue Hampton has proven me a liar. I loved this collection.

About Sue Hampton

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Sue Hampton writes for adults as well as children and teenagers, and across genres. An ex-teacher, she was inspired by the stories of Michael Morpurgo, because she witnessed their emotional power over young readers. Sue aims to write deep, compelling novels that will make people think and feel. Now a full-time author, Sue visits schools of all kinds and works with young people of all ages.

Many of her passions can be detected in her novels, which are all different, (often historical, futuristic, magical and funny) but have in common themes like love, courage, freedom and our right to be different.

Sue herself looks a little different from most women because she has alopecia, having lost all her hair in 1981. After writing The Waterhouse Girl about a girl with alopecia, she began going bareheaded and feels strangely liberated even though it isn’t easy. As an Ambassador for Alopecia UK she supports others with hair loss and led a team on Eggheads, winning £25K for the charity. Sue also lectures on the importance of fiction in school.

You can find out more about Sue on her website, on Facebook and by following her on Twitter @SueAuthor.

Expectation by Anna Hope

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I last featured Anna Hope when The Ballroom was one of my books of the year in 2016. You can find out more about that here. I also have my review of The Ballroom here.

Consequently, I couldn’t resist breaking my self-imposed Netgalley ban to request Expectation and I was thrilled when my request was granted. I’d like to thank the publishers for allowing me to read it.

Published by Penguin imprint Doubleday on 11th July 2019, Expectation is available for purchase through these links.

Expectation

Expectation

Hannah, Cate and Lissa are young, vibrant and inseparable. Living on the edge of a common in East London, their shared world is ablaze with art and activism, romance and revelry – and the promise of everything to come. They are electric. They are the best of friends.

Ten years on, they are not where they hoped to be. Amidst flailing careers and faltering marriages, each hungers for what the others have. And each wrestles with the same question: what does it take to lead a meaningful life?

The most razor-sharp and heartbreaking novel of the year, Expectation is a novel about finding your way: as a mother, a daughter, a wife, a rebel. 

My Review of Expectation

Three women, Hannah, Cate and Lissa, discover life doesn’t always provide what you expect.

Having adored The Ballroom by Anna Hope I was expecting fabulous writing and an emotional read, but this time the author has exceeded everything I wanted to produce a soaring, searing, portrait of love, loss, betrayal and friendship in Expectation. Reading Expectation has felt like a physical process. My heart feels bruised and my chest tight because every word and every moment in this superb book is imbued with depth and intensity. It is, quite simply, wonderful. The way Anna Hope writes, with such exquisite attention to detail, is an absolute joy to read. So often I was reminded of Thomas Hardy’s ability to create nature in her descriptions.

It’s going to be almost impossible to convey the way I feel about Expectation. I thought the plot was fabulous. I loved the peeling back of layers of time and personality so that I felt I was part of the narrative, coming to an understanding about life at much the same time as the characters. That said, the more I reflect on the book after finishing it, the more it seems to offer. I will be thinking about Expectation for a very long time.

I loved and hated each of the three women in turn, vascillating between the two, much as they do themselves. Hannah, Cate and Lissa are vibrant, alive and flawed. Their relationships with one another, their parents and their lovers are beautifully presented by Anna Hope, but more important is the way in which she explores their relationships with themselves. Expectation is a superb observation of how we often know ourselves even less than we know others so that it gave me so much more than perfect entertainment as I read. Expectation made me examine who I am, what I want and how others might be affected by me. It sounds like hyperbole, but I truly think reading Expectation is a life altering experience. Somehow I feel fractured by reading Expectation, but then repaired to be greater than I was before. It has been an almost physical experience because of the profound emotions so skilfully conveyed. The potency of Anna Hope’s portrayal of humanity is astounding.

In case you hadn’t realised, I absolutely adored Expectation. It is, without doubt, one of my books of the year. Anna Hope has an outstanding talent to carry the reader along with her narrative and characters until they are completely entranced. I was mesmerised.

About Anna Hope

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Anna Hope studied at Oxford University and RADA. She is the acclaimed author of Wake and The Ballroom. Her contemporary fiction debut, Expectation, explores themes of love, lust, motherhood, and feminism, while asking the greater question of what defines a generation. She lives in Sussex with her husband and young daughter.

You can follow Anna Hope on Twitter @Anna_Hope and visit her website for more information.

The Dragon Lady by Louisa Treger

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When Stephanie Duncan got in touch from Bloomsbury to see if I would like a copy of The Dragon Lady by Louisa Treger in return for an honest review, I have to confess I couldn’t resist as The Dragon Lady was my nickname amongst younger students in my teaching days! That said, I’ve heard such wonderful things about Louisa Treger’s writing and I’m so glad I accepted this version of The Dragon Lady and would like to thank Stephanie for sending me a copy.

Published by Bloomsbury on 13th June 2019, The Dragon Lady is available for purchase through these links.

The Dragon Lady

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Opening with the shooting of Lady Virginia ‘Ginie’ Courtauld in her tranquil garden in 1950s Rhodesia, The Dragon Lady tells Ginie’s extraordinary story, so called for the exotic tattoo snaking up her leg. From the glamorous Italian Riviera before the Great War to the Art Deco glory of Eltham Palace in the thirties, and from the secluded Scottish Highlands to segregated Rhodesia in the fifties, the narrative spans enormous cultural and social change. Lady Virginia Courtauld was a boundary-breaking, colourful and unconventional person who rejected the submissive role women were expected to play.

Ostracised by society for being a foreign divorcée at the time of Edward VIII and Mrs Simpson, Ginie and her second husband ,Stephen Courtauld, leave the confines of post-war Britain to forge a new life in Rhodesia, only to find that being progressive liberals during segregation proves mortally dangerous. Many people had reason to dislike Ginie, but who had reason enough to pull the trigger?

Deeply evocative of time and place, The Dragon Lady subtly blends fact and fiction to paint the portrait of an extraordinary woman in an era of great social and cultural change.

My Review of The Dragon Lady

Exotic Ginie Courtauld is the Dragon Lady.

I absolutely loved Louisa Treger’s The Dragon Lady with its sweeping narrative blending fact and fiction in a beautifully written story of love and life. Alongside this historical and socio-political tale is an absorbing mystery too so that The Dragon Lady defies a genre label, but rather weaves a spell of enchantment around all readers.

The Rhodesian setting is masterfully conveyed. The colours, aromas, flora and fauna truly transport the reader evocatively and vividly. However, it is the country’s divisions and politics at all levels that really bring the era alive. Real people and events from history sit perfectly alongside fictionalised ones so that Louisa Treger has woven a mesmerising tapestry of African life in the 1950s. The plot is brilliant; diligently researched and carefully crafted, making for a story that I found completely engrossing.

The character of Ginie left me saddened and intrigued. I feel I know Ginie Courtauld well from reading Louisa Treger’s words because she is able to place the reader inside Ginie’s mind so convincingly. Ginie’s portrayal is moving and affecting. The more I read the more I empathised and sympathised with her and the entire novel conveyed a wistful sadness and hiraeth that made my heart ache for her. It felt worse that this is a real person and not simply a character made from a writer’s imagination.

The plot infuriated me – not because of anything negative in the writing, but because Louisa Treger conveys with such skill the injustices of gender, class and race that create unspeakable events so accurately. Things happen that incensed me but were only too believable.

It’s hard to define just how Louisa Treger has created such a beautiful novel. The historical detail is impressive. The fictionalised aspects are absorbing. The characterisation and sense if place are both vivid. The plot is brilliantly crafted and engaging. And yet somehow The Dragon Lady transcends each element into something even more special that I found touching, enraging and affecting. I thoroughly enjoyed The Dragon Lady and cannot recommend it highly enough.

About Louise Treger

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Louisa Treger, a classical violinist, studied at the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music.  She subsequently turned to literature, earning a Ph.D. in English at University College London, where she was awarded the West Scholarship and the Rosa Morison Scholarship.  Her first novel, The Lodgerwas published in 2014.

You can find out more by following Louisa on Twitter @louisatreger, or visiting her website. You’ll also find her on Facebook.

Living My Best Li(f)e by Claire Frost

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I was so lucky to meet Claire Frost at the spring blogger evening run by the inimitable Sara-Jade Virtue of Books and the City @TeamBATC for Simon and Schuster (you can read about that event here) and am delighted to be reviewing her novel Living My Best Li(f)e today.

Living My Best Li(f)e is out in ebook on 23rd July and paperback on 5th September and is available for pre-order here.

Living My Best Li(f)e

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This heart-warming and funny novel is the perfect balm for the insta-weary mind – get ready to shatter the illusion that is #LivingMyBestLife 

Bell never thought she’d be facing her 40th birthday single. Recently dumped by her boyfriend of ten years, Bell is struggling to move on with her life – and surrender the fleecy pyjamas she’s been living in since January. Sick of being bombarded by #blessed on social media and feeling like her life doesn’t live up to everyone else’s, she decides it’s time for a change; time to find out who she really is, not who she thinks she should be.

Enter Millie, a successful online influencer posting under the handle @mi_bestlife. But as a single mum trying to make ends meet and stay ahead of the younger generation snapping at her heels, her Instagram feed is far more #BestLiethan #BestLife. With the internet trolls continuing to bring her down and an ex who cares more about playing football than seeing their son, Millie begins to wish her life was more like her filters.

It isn’t until Millie and Bell’s paths cross that the two women begin to realise what they’re missing. Will Bell finally learn to live life for herself? And will Millie see that she needs to start living for the moment and not for the likes?

My Review of Living My Best Li(f)e

Bell and Millie have more in common than they might think.

Oh my goodness, Living My Best Li(f)e made me feel old! The references to social media and the way in which it dominates and shapes our perception of life had me nodding my head in agreement like some kind of old curmudgeon and cheering at the thought of Millie using fewer filters as she learns that #LivingMyBestLife doesn’t automatically mean #LivingMyBestLie! Claire Frost obviously knows this social media driven world inside out and whilst Living My Best Li(f)e may be a fun and entertaining read for the summer, it illustrates perfectly what those of us who are less obsessed by image, fear is happening to ‘the younger generation’. This is such a clever approach.

Both Bell and Millie are vibrant and believable characters who develop well throughout the book. I wanted them to have happy ever after endings but equally I didn’t want their happiness to be dependent on men after their experiences with Colin and King Louis. Clair Frost shows female strength and independence as well as romance and friendship with a deft touch, although I must admit, I might have taken a more robust approach to Louis’ parenting skills than does Millie. Suze and Els also added to my satisfaction in reading Living My Best Li(f)e because they represent an important element of society too and with the age ranges presented I felt Claire Frost has written a narrative with relevance for all readers.

I enjoyed the way the plot of Living My Best Li(f)e has community and friendship at its heart, so that whilst there are frequent references to social media and the personas we present to others, the true meaning of real life is clear without being preachy. The photography night class in particular felt like the prefect setting for developing (no pun intended) meaningful relationships so that I ended the read feeling gladdened and uplifted. The humour, especially through the direct speech also adds to the feel-good nature of this book.

Living My Best Li(f)e is a fresh, entertaining and modern read that I enjoyed. I’d love to think Claire Frost has given media obsessed readers the strength and permission to be themselves and not who they think others might want them to be as this is the very powerful message at the heart of the book.

About Claire Frost

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Claire Frost grew up in Manchester, the middle of three sisters. She always wanted to do a job that involved writing, so after studying Classics at Bristol University she started working in magazines. For the last 10 years she’s been at The Sun on Sunday’s Fabulous magazine, where she is Assistant Editor and also responsible for the title’s book reviews. She can mostly be found at her desk buried under a teetering TBR pile.

Follow Claire on Twitter @FabFrosty for more information.

The Moss House by Clara Barley

The Moss House

My enormous thanks to Kevin at Bluemoose Books for sending me a copy of The Moss House by Clara Barley in return for an honest review.

Reading The Moss House is that bit more special for me because Clara Barley just happens to be an ex-student of mine and I taught her A’Level English many moons ago, so it was with some trepidation that I began reading The Moss House. What if I didn’t like it? You’ll find out what I thought in my review below! If you haven’t yet watched Gentleman Jack on television, see if you can spot Clara Barley in a cameo role too!

Published by Bluemoose Books, The Moss House is available in all the usual places, including directly from the publisher here.

The Moss House

The Moss House

Two hundred years ago, neighbouring Yorkshire landowners Miss Lister and Miss Walker find their lives become entwined in a passionate, forbidden relationship and retreat to the Moss House, their private sanctuary away from an unaccepting world.

Their tranquillity does not last long as they are drawn into the turmoil of a changing society and a divided family, testing their love for each other, eventually driving them from their home.

The world was not yet ready for the likes of Miss Lister.

Landowner, scholar, traveller, mountaineer and non-conformist but in The Moss House we discover her lifelong battle to be her true self as she finds Ann Walker and together they try to live life on their own terms.

My Review of The Moss House

A lesbian woman in a man’s world, Anne Lister is Gentleman Jack.

Having so enjoyed the television series Gentleman Jack I was nervous about reading The Moss House because I wasn’t sure if it would have anything to add. My goodness it does. I loved this account of Anne Lister’s life and her relationship with Ann Walker and I actually found it hugely affecting, reducing me to tears at the end. Certainly some of the key events will be familiar to those who have watched the television series, as this is, after all, a book about real people, but Clara Barley has imbued them with a fresh vibrancy that is enormously engaging.

Clara Barley writes with such clarity, with two distinct voices as the narrative swaps between Anne Lister and Ann Walker so that I felt as if they were both speaking to me directly. There’s an almost confessional tone that ensnares the reader, making them desperate to know more.

Clara Barley is unafraid to tackle the more intimate physical aspects of the relationship between the two women, but never being gratuitous so that the reader understands the intimacy of Anne Lister’s life and sexual passions. There’s considerable emotion behind every action resulting in two warm, vivid characters that I cared about.

The quality of research that has gone into creating an historically accurate picture of a woman’s place in society leaps from the page. Despite the fact that we are now almost two hundred years ahead in time, the themes of The Moss House feel sadly all too relevant. The role of women, sexuality, inequality, corrupt business, travel, love, family and relationships are all just as important considerations now. One of the most affecting aspects for me was Miss Lister’s constraints simply because of her gender. I felt as enraged as Anne does when she is unable to play an active role simply because she is a woman. But it was Anne Lister’s restlessness, her desperate need to be loved with equal passion and her craving desire to be true to herself and her real identity that I found the most moving.

The Moss House is a wonderful book. Clara Barley transports the reader historically whilst entertaining them emotionally. I felt a profound sadness when I finished reading The Moss House and I’ll be thinking about it for a very long time. It’s a wonderful read.

About Clara Barley

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Clara Barley has written fiction and non-fiction for publication, online, theatre and museums and is an avid researcher and enthusiast for sharing’s women’s stories from history. She works at Anne’s home of Shibden Hall in Halifax, West Yorkshire also appears in Gentleman Jack as Mrs Watson, Mariana’s lady’s maid.

You can find out more by following Clara on Twitter @EndeavourFilms.

How Not To Write Female Characters by Lucy V. Hay

How Not To Write Female Characters

I know. I know. I keep saying I’ll get my own novel written and I’m not taking on new blog tours, but I think that I can be forgiven for participating in this one for How Not To Write Female Characters by Lucy V Hay because it will help me with my so-called writing and it was friend and blog tour organiser Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources who asked me to participate.

I have previously reviewed another of Lucy’s books, Do No Harm, a psychological thriller, here on Linda’s Book Bag.

How Not To Write Female Characters is available in e-book free here, or by signing up to Lucy’s newsletter here.

How Not To Write Female Characters

How Not To Write Female Characters by Lucy V. Hay

How Not To Write Female Characters

Female characters. When fifty per cent of your potential target audience is female, if you’re not writing them in your screenplay or novel? You’re making a BIG mistake!

But how should you approach your female characters? That’s the million-dollar question … After all, women in real life are complex, varied and flawed. Knowing where to start in creating three dimensional female characters for your story is extremely difficult.

So … perhaps it’s easier to figure out how NOT to write female characters?

Script editor, novelist and owner of the UK’s top screenwriting blog www.bang2write.com, Lucy V Hay has spent the last fifteen years reading the slush pile. She has learned to spot the patterns, pitfalls and general mistakes writers make when writing female characters – and why.

In How Not To Write Female Characters, Lucy outlines:

•WHO your character is & how to avoid “classic” traps and pitfalls
•WHAT mistakes writers typically make with female characters
•WHERE you can find great female characters in produced and published content
•WHEN to let go of gender politics and agendas
•WHY female characters are more important than ever

Lucy is on a mission to improve your writing, as well as enable diverse voices and characters to rise to the top of the spec pile.

My Review of How Not To Write Female Characters

For what is, in effect, the length of an essay about female characters, Lucy V. Hay packs a real punch in How Not To Write Female Characters.

Unafraid to tackle flaws, stereotypes and misconceptions head on How Not To Write Female Characters is an invaluable check list for both new and established writers to help them improve their writing in general and not just the presentation if their female characters.

I liked the structure of How Not To Write Female Characters because Lucy V. Hay gives a clear rationale linked to several creative forms including books, television and film so that there is plenty to think about. She poses a series of problems and then proceeds to unpick them and provide solutions in an a accessible way. The IN A NUTSHELL passages are particularly useful, as is the final checklist in the book.

In How Not To Write Female Characters Lucy V. Hay talks an awful lot of sense and established as well as aspiring writers can gain a considerable amount of advice from her in order to improve their writing. Great stuff!

About Lucy V. Hay

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Lucy V. Hay is an author, script editor and blogger who helps writers via her Bang2write consultancy. Lucy is the producer of two Brit Thrillers, Deviation (2012) and Assassin (2015), as well as the script editor and advisor on numerous other features and shorts. Lucy’s also the author of  Writing And Selling Thriller Screenplays for Kamera Books’ “Creative Essentials” range, as well as its follow ups on Drama Screenplays and Diverse Characters.

You can find out more about Bang2Write on Instagram, Twitter @Bang2write and Facebook.