Back to school…

Just finished a talk and workshop at my old school, Bruton School for Girls.  They didn’t laugh at my jokes but they did come up with some brilliant plot ideas: like the mad scientist who makes his fortune splicing together different animal species, and then plans to do the same to his nephews, or the…

Writing Character

I hope you’ll find the Hanged Man Rises packed with rich and interesting characters; creepy Mrs Rancer, wild Stitcher, fragile Lily. But the one I had most trouble with was Hannah, the sassy, infuriating, fiercely loyal 12 year old sister of my protagonist, Titus. She didn’t start off that way. This is how she was…

Lamb fat rendering

This is how you make a tallow candle. It’s a long and smelly process and everything in your kitchen ends up covered in grease (especially if your extractor stopped working two years ago). The veggie husband loved it.