Claire Gallagher

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Claire is a self-published author of contemporary romances. She has a literary agent and is aiming to traditionally publish her more psychological novels.

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Play to Your Strengths

Be Up-Front Agent Pete often says that writers should play to their strength and put it front and centre in the opening of their novel....
Red rose (Kardinal) with black background.
Kardinal - Hybrid tea rose, Raised by R.Kordes, Germany. 1986(reg.)

Titles: What’s in a Name?

A Rose By Any Other Name Would Smell as Sweet, Right? The Silence of the Lambs, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Elinor Oliphant is Completely...

Writing ‘Rules’

Don’t Start with a Character Waking Up, Looking in the Mirror, or with a Hangover On Pop-Up Submissions, we received a lot of openings like...


I decided to self-publish my contemporary romances after unsuccessful attempts at the traditional route. There are pros and cons to making this decision and lots...

Can Songs Teach Us Something About Writing Novels?

Rules and Commonalities I’m not a musician but even I know that songs have a structure, verses and a chorus, that they often have a...


You Are Not Alone Most people experience rejection when querying. Beatrix Potter, author of The Tale of Peter Rabbit, got so many rejections she ended...

Writing Routines

Time and Head Space When I was teaching full-time, I found it difficult to fit in any writing. It’s definitely not a nine-to-three job! My...


Who the hell do you think you are? I once heard that authors alternate between two perceptions of their work-in-progress. One is: ‘This is amazing!...

What Makes Great Writing?

We All Have Our Own Opinions Of course we do! Life would be very boring if we didn’t. But there are elements to story that...

Multiple Points-of-View

Say What? Writing a novel with more than one point-of-view can be tricky. How can you juggle different personalities and motivations – and somehow use...

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