Twitter Giveaway: Craft and Listen Pack With Exclusive Pattern!


My sister-in-law, Fay, has recently launched a craft company, Knit It Hook It Craft It and a podcast, The Crochet Circle.

Fay has a true gift for making things. Whether it is cooking beautiful food, tiling a bathroom or stitching a skirt, she achieves excellence in anything I have seen her try.

Imagine how excited I was when she turned her skills to making a shawlette/scarf inspired by In The Light of What We See!

As Fay knows I am a novice crocheter (and she wanted simple pattern that could be done while listening to an audiobook or watching television), the pattern is suitable for beginners. It has a geometric edge pattern, and I can absolutely picture Mina wearing it.

IMG_4203Plus, she found beautiful hand-dyed yarn (by Ripples Crafts in Scotland) in colours which match the book cover perfectly.

Yes, she’s a genius.

To celebrate my very first ‘bespoke book-inspired pattern’, I’m giving away the audiobook of In The Light of What We See, the exclusive pattern, and a skein of hand-dyed yarn (enough to make the shawlette). Just head to Twitter and RT/follow to enter!

You need to follow both my account and Fay’s – @ma_dashper and @SarahRPainter

Good luck! 

Terms and conditions:

To enter you must follow (or already be a follower!) of both accounts and have retweeted the competition tweet.

One entry per Twitter user.

One winner will be chosen at random. The prize: one skein of yarn, the crochet pattern and one copy of the audiobook (on CD).

Giveaway is open internationally and closes at 9pm (GMT) on Friday 2oth May 2016.

Five Weeks And Counting…

Box of dreams

Do you remember the bit in Back To The Future when George McFly receives a box full of copies of his latest book from his publisher? Well, I’ve dreamed of that moment since I first saw the film, and last week it actually happened! Meep!

I will apologise right now, but this blog (and some of my social media) is going to be heavy on the meeping. It is five weeks until In The Light of What We See hits the shelves and I am so excited I may just burst.

Excited, too? Thank you! You can pre-order it here, add it to your bookshelf on GoodReads or sign-up for my newsletter for the chance to win some celebratory book swag.

Su Blackwell
Paper sculpture by Su Blackwell.

In other news, I have been drooling over Su Blackwell’s beautiful book sculptures (again!).

She has a book out with beautiful photographs of her work, but I would love to see the real things. One day!



Quick Update and Creative Thinking for Beginners

Hello, my lovelies. How are you all?

Thought I would swing by and say ‘hello’ and let you know that I’m still alive and typing…

Work and life has run away with me slightly recently but I hope to get into a more regular blogging routine soon. Please let me know if there is anything you’d like to see more (or less!) of on this site and feel free to send me questions. I love questions!

I did put up an article on The Worried Writer today, though. If you’re at all interested in developing your creative process, do check it out.

Also, I’ll leave you with the beautiful fairytale-inspired artwork of Jackie Morris in this Guardian article. Enjoy!

[The image is from a set of Jackie Morris notecards. Art for the cash-strapped!]

A New Author Photo?

The last week or so has been filled with research (for the WIP), working on the synopsis (yuck) and doing my tax return (double yuck), so I haven’t much of interest to report…

Instead, I present to you my new Official Author Photograph (not really):

Barn Owl
Your intrepid author is ridiculously excited to meet Ceilidh the Barn Owl.

Yes, it’s not really up to ‘official photo’ standards, but I do think there’s something to be learned… For me to look even half-way natural and relaxed while having my picture taken, give me a barn owl to hold!



While working on the final revisions for The Secrets of Ghosts, I found time to turn 37 (I know, I’m a multi-tasker extraordinaire).

I had a lovely birthday with a surprise trip to Edinburgh (which included delicious red wine in my favourite bar),  and a brilliant gift from my brilliant husband. Look! Aren’t they pretty!

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It’s been a fantastic start to 2014 and I’m feeling very lucky. And I can’t believe my second published book is out next month. Meep!

I’ve been mulling over ideas for a ‘release day giveaway’ and will be back soon with full details. I hope you’re all having a good (or, at least, productive!) January and, as always, thanks for reading.

Happy Holidays!

My lovely editor sent me this Christmas bauble. *Happy Author*
My lovely editor sent me this Christmas bauble. *Happy Author*

Just a quick message to say Merry Christmas!

I’m shutting down the computer for a week and, although I’ll keep a notebook handy, I’m not *planning* on doing any writing at all.

Instead, I’m going to enjoy lots of  reading, sleeping, family time, and wine. Can’t wait!

Hope you all have a wonderful holiday. See you in 2014!