On Criticism

Writing a book gives you thick skin. You need people’s opinions in order to see your mistakes and people’s opinions come in all shapes and sizes. At first they hurt; your book, your baby, is being critiqued. Then, they’re amazingly useful. Ah yes, of course, I need to change that part! Clearly that character is […]

A Long Time In The Making

Today I walked into the book shop at my local mall. There, sitting proudly, just like it belonged, between Colm Toibin’s The Empty Family and Margaret Cezair-Thompson’s The Pirate’s Daughter, was Madeleine Tobert’s The Sea on Our Skin. It was no longer a giant file on my laptop, no longer a faintly ridiculous dream; it […]