Hi all,

Got the an email from Jacqueline Burns and Kirsty McLachlan of the London Writers’ Club which I’ve fused together with some text from the website to produce the following:

An Evening With Marie Phillips

How to write a novel – from idea to publication

Our July speaker is Marie Phillips, author of the bestselling novel, Gods Behaving Badly. Translated into over 18 languages, it was number one in Canada and a bestseller in the UK and the States.

Being immortal isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Life’s hard for a Greek god in the 21st century: nobody believes in you any more, even your own family doesn’t respect you, and you’re stuck in a delapidated hovel in north London with too many siblings and not enough hot water. But for Artemis (goddess of hunting, professional dog walker), Aphrodite (goddess of beauty, telephone sex operator) and Apollo (god of the sun, TV psychic) there’s no way out…Until a meek cleaner and her would-be boyfriend come into their lives, and turn the world literally upside down.

Film rights have been optioned by Ben Stiller’s, Red Hour Films.

Marie’s blog womanwhotalkedtoomuch ‘acts like my umbilical cord to the outside world. It’s such an isolating thing, being a writer. I live alone, I work alone, so the blog makes me feel part of some kind of writing community… plus, it’s practice. Like doing scales on the piano.’ Her novel-writing is largely done in pyjamas. ‘I doze while deliberately thinking about what I’m writing and then try and get a good hour done before I’m properly awake. It’s a very fluid time.’

Marie will be talking to us about how to write a novel – from idea to publication – whether you write in pjs or not!

Where, when and how to book

Date: July 7
Time: 6.30-9pm  (speaker 7-8, networking 8-9)
Place: Clerkenwell House, 23-27 Hatton Wall, EC1
Tickets: £10 in advance, £15 on the door

There will be time to mingle and network with other writers before and after the speaker.

If you want to pay in advance, there’s a PayPal link at the bottom of the webpage. I’ll confess that I don’t know anything about Marie, but on the basis of a particular piece I found while browsing through her blog…

Today on Twitter the lovely Keris asked me to remind her of my editing / make-up analogy from my “legendary” now-defunct previous blog Struggling Author, and having tracked it down and read it, I found I enjoyed it a lot, in the way that one can only enjoy things one has written oneself and then completely forgotten every having written. So, for your delectation, here is a rare insight into the joy that is Being A Writer.

Rest of post…

…I’m pretty eager to hear her talk. I’m hoping to be there, having enjoyed the previous two events I’ve attended, and I look forward to seeing anyone else who might turn up.