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I’m so looking forward to the release of A NARROW DOOR! Only four weeks to go – and just look at those glorious endpapers!

“A psychological thriller you can’t put down and an antiheroine you won’t forget.” (Harlan Coben)

“A masterful narrative voice, and a compulsive thriller from one of our greatest writers. I absolutely loved it.” (Alex Michaelides)

I devoured the whole thing – it’s the first proof I’ve ever read on my tiny phone-screen, because I couldn’t put it down! (Bridget Collins)

‘A Narrow Door’ is a compulsive journey through the dark places of the human mind, where memory, truth and fact melt away like mirages. It’s irresistibly readable, dark and brilliant with a masterful emotional punch. You won’t regret opening it, and walking through.  (Catriona Ward)

Read an introduction to the book here!

Pre-order the signed Waterstones edition here!

Can’t wait? Here’s the Kindle of Gentlemen and Players for only 99p….

Love audiobooks? This one’s narrated by Stephen Pacey and Alex Kingston…







Thank you so much to everyone who bought, reviewed or listened to HONEYCOMB – I really do appreciate all your comments and feedback.

Remember that the Storytime Band and I put some of the stories to music in our Storytime CD: you can buy a physical copy here, or download it from Bandcamp here


And just for you, here’s an unpublished story that could have made it into the book, but found its way somewhere else, instead. It’s called:

The Cat Child.

In the days of the reign of the Lacewing King, there lived a woman of the travelling folk. She had travelled very far, so far that she did not remember which land was the land of her birth. She had been many people: travelled under many names. And she had travelled into the skins of many different creatures, flying as an owl by night; running as a wolf by day. But secretly, she longed to find a place where she could settle down, and live in her own skin forever, and be just like other women.

This woman had two daughters, who travelled with her, wild as the wind. One was made from the feathers of a white-headed crow on a summer’s day; the other, from the footprints of a tabby cat in the fallen snow. One travelled as a mad March hare, and sang like a skylark, and laughed like the sea. But the youngest never travelled, or laughed, or sang, or even spoke at all.

Her mother said that this was because once, she had gone into a cat. And she had spent so long in that skin that part of her had never returned, leaving her with no memory, no voice, – and, some might say, no soul. But her mother loved her all the more, and forbade her to leave her skin again, for fear that this time, she would never come back.

And so, while her sister played as a hare, the second daughter would stay beside her mother, and watch, wide-eyed, as her sister grew in beauty and in courage. But she, the younger daughter, stayed just as she had always been: a child, with no language, no memory, whose only cry was the cry of the cat.

Time passed. The mother grew fearful of travelling, and tried to find a place to settle down. But there was never anywhere that seemed to be quite right for them. Time passed. One daughter grew up, and fell in love, and moved away. But the youngest one stayed just as she had always been; a wild thing, half-child, half-cat, fated never to grow up. But secretly the mother was glad, for a child that would never grow up would never one day leave her.

But the cat-child was not happy. Every day she would walk alone in the woods, and climb trees, and chase birds, and lie for hours in the sun. Every day she would dream of when she could be wholly in her skin. But her mother had forbidden her to ever travel like that again, for fear she would never return to her human form. And so she stayed obedient, neither one thing nor the other. Until one day a strange wild girl came to live in the woods by the village.

The wild girl was unlike anyone the child had met. Like her, she liked to walk alone, and climb trees, and chase birds. She too never spoke, or laughed, or sang, or played with the other children. But the mother was anxious, afraid that the wild girl would lead her daughter astray. And so she kept her in the house, and closed all the doors and windows. And when the wild girl came knocking, she said: “There’s no-one there. It’s only the wind.” And when the wild girl threw stones at the glass, the mother said: “There’s no-one there. It’s only a shower of summer hail.” And when the wild girl stood outside in the moonlight and called for her in her wordless voice, the mother would say: “There’s no-one there. Only the wolves in the forest.”

But the child knew that her friend was there. Watching through her curtains, she saw the wild girl standing there, waiting for her to come out and play. For three nights she stood there, waiting. For the first night, as a girl. For the second, as a wolf. And for the third, as a tabby cat that sat on the lawn in the moonlight.

And on the third night, the child climbed out of her bedroom window and went to join the tabby cat. Together they ran through the woods, and played, and hunted, the whole night long. And when dawn broke, the girl went back to her home in the village, and greeted her mother with a smile, and spoke to her for the first time –

And the mother wept, because she knew that her daughter had found her soul again, and that now she would grow like other girls, and one day fall in love, and leave, as her older sister had done. For the soul of a child is a wild bird, that always keeps on singing. And the love of a mother is like a cage, that may keep the bird from flying away, but can never stop the song.


June 3rd

It’s HONEYCOMB release day on June 3rd!

Follow my virtual indie book tour to reveal stories, interviews, special content and a piece-by-piece reveal of one of Charles Vess’ illustrations…

Want to hear an excerpt from the audiobook? You can listen here…

And there’s a competition on Instagram!

To celebrate the publication of the HONEYCOMB, the entrancing mosaic novel of original fairy tales from bestselling author Joanne M. Harris @joannechocolat and legendary artist Charles Vess, @gollancz and the lovely people @beefriendlytrust are offering you the chance to win a hand-illustrated print and bee-friendly wildflower seeds along with a hardback copy of the book!

 To be in with a chance of winning you must do ALL of the following:

  1. Leave a comment telling us how much you love bees (and what you’re doing to protect them!)
  2. Like this post
  3. Follow @gollancz and @beefriendlytrust


  • Must be 18+ to enter
  • UK only
  • See bio for full T&Cs

 The T&Cs are here and the giveaway closes on 22nd June.

There is a story the bees used to tell…

There is a story the bees used to tell…

At last, HONEYCOMB is almost ready to hit the shelves! However much you may adore e-books, I can guarantee that this book –  tactile, gilded, embossed and gloriously reminiscent of classic Golden Age fairy tale books, with its cover by Sue Gent and internal artwork by Charles Vess – is one you’re going to want to hold.

To celebrate, Hachette are offering UK readers the chance to win this fabulous rose-gold bee pendant!

Click on the link to find out more….

Tempted? Click on the link to pre-order!


Eerie, dark and opulent, cocooned in silk and shadows, this is a novel unlike any other: a honeycomb built from a hundred cells, each cell a story in its own right. Gorgeously Illustrated by Charles Vess, it follows the tale of the Lacewing King, magical trickster and ruler of the Silken Folk; his misadventures, his treacheries and his pursuit through many Worlds by both the vengeful Spider Queen and the deadly Harlequin. On his journey  through the Worlds of the Folk, of the Sand Riders, the Undersea, the River Dream and even the Kingdom of Death itself, he encounters a multitude of characters – a clockwork woman, a watchmaker’s boy, a huntress with a mechanical tiger, an undersea Queen in love with the Moon, a princess who dreams of a library – but none more magical than the bees, the little builders of honeycomb, taking their nectar of dreams to the hive, and spinning them into stories. 

As you know, pre-orders don’t just help drive sales; in an increasingly risk-averse industry, they help to ensure that publishers continue to support and commission authors to write more of what you love; so if you’ve enjoyed my Twitter stories and my fantasy work as Joanne M. Harris, please consider pre-ordering HONEYCOMB for yourself, or a friend, or ordering it at your local library.

There’ll be some online events, too, including the chance to win copies of the book, plus bookplates and and signed postcards by Charles – so keep an eye on my Events page, and see if there’s something you’d like to tune into.






















Thinking of reading HONEYCOMB with your reading group? There’s a reading group guide with questions, background and a honeycomb recipe, here….

Here’s a quick Q & A to get you started.

Q: This all feels quite familiar. And yet it feels new. How much does this book owe to Grimm’s fairy tales and the Child Ballads?

A: I owe a lot to our traditional folklore in terms of background, theme and style. I also owe a debt to The Thousand and One Nights, at least in terms of the book’s structure. But Francis Child and the Brothers Grimm were collectors of traditional tales. Their names are known because they transcribed folk stories and ballads from the oral tradition. Because all but one of the stories in HONEYCOMB are original, I feel I owe more to writers like La Fontaine and Anouilh, whose fables were often based on contemporary events and themes, but whose style took inspiration from the tales of the oral tradition.

Q: Why do you think we still need fairy tales in 2021?

A: For the same reason we’ve always needed them. Some things are easier to articulate and explain to ourselves through metaphor. We live in dark and difficult times; fairy stories help us to believe that our monsters can be defeated; that love can save us; that change is possible; that a kind of magic exists, and sometimes they even help us to laugh at the things that frighten us.

Q: Some of these stories are very dark.  Would you say they’re suitable for children?

A: I think that’s up to the individual child. In my experience children are very good at knowing what will suit them. But I didn’t write them with children in mind, so if you’re buying this book for a child, feel free to discuss the stories and make sure they’re not upsetting.

Q: Did you ever take inspiration from current events for these stories?

A: Very often, yes. The King’s Cuckoo was written when J.K. Rowling was revealed to have been writing as Robert Galbraith; The Teacher, when Richard Dawkins made his derogatory remarks about fairytales. Some reflect things that were going on in politics, or  in the world of publishing. Some came from personal events, or items I saw in the news. But that’s true of all stories; and to me it’s not really the birth of a story that’s the most interesting; it’s where the story can take you.

Q: I’m pretty sure some of these tales have a message or moral; I’m just not always sure what it is. Why didn’t you put in explanations, like La Fontaine’s fables?

A: I thought about including footnotes, and decided against. I prefer my books to ask multiple questions, rather than to provide just one answer; and I’ve realized that readers will interpret – and benefit from – stories in all kinds of very personal ways. I didn’t want to take that opportunity away from them. Besides, messages in stories change with time: what was written with a specific event in mind ten years ago may find a different relevance now.

Q: None of the characters in this book have names. Was that a choice?

A: Yes, it was. I wanted to give a sense of universality to the themes in these stories, which is why I’ve deliberately not given official names to countries, either. All of them take in the same multiverse I started to build in RUNEMARKS and THE GOSPEL OF LOKI – a universe of Nine Worlds, which has proved itself to extend over a lot more. Recurring elements, like the Night Train and the River Dream run through all these books, and are of my own invention, although concepts like the Land of Death, or the World of the Fae are already very familiar to all of us.

Q: Your portrayal of the Silken Folk is quite a bit different to most portrayals of the Fae. What’s with all the insects? 

A; I wanted to draw on traditional aspects of fairytale, whilst adding elements of my own. The Silken Folk, who are shapeshifters, but can also appear as humans, is part of that: and it ties in with one of my favourite themes, which is that of perception. We look at the Silken Folk as we look at so many of the things that frighten or disturb us; sometimes from the tail of the eye; or some  cases, not at all.

Q: The Lacewing King is such a difficult character. Spoilt and cruel and arrogant – why make him the hero?

A: He isn’t exactly the hero, but he does drive the story. As for his cruelty and arrogance, I needed a character who was capable of change over the course of the book. If I’d made him nice from the start, he wouldn’t have had such a long journey.

Read an early review of the book from Publishers Weekly!

Read the review from LOCUS mag!

Plus there’s a lot more background – about the book, the illustrator and the process of putting stories to music – on my HONEYCOMB page, here.

Pre-order it here, or maybe check out the audiobook, narrated by me….  

The Strawberry Thief is out in paperback now!

Finally, after a year’s lockdown delay, the new paperback of THE STRAWBERRY THIEF is now available in shops and online, with a gorgeous new spring jacket design by Sue Gent and a brand-new introduction from me (including the tale of my Strawberry Thief tattoo)!

Here’s where you can buy it!

Check out virtual events on the book!





And here’s some background on the book, including a link to my reading group guide…

March on…

Hey everyone!

So session 1 of 12 of my chemo is done, and I’m back at work on something – not quite new, but which I had set aside for a while, awaiting the opportunity to pick it up again. It’s my new LOKI/RUNE book, and I’m actually having a blast with it. The concept is nuts, which is my favourite kind of concept, and because it’s so different to everything I worked on last year, it feels like a bit of a holiday. Subscribe to my newsletter for details and snippets of work-in-progress, or follow my weekly one-minute video diary on YouTube, for a more intimate, day-today glance at What is it Writers Really Do.

And in cautiously optimistic news (or do I mean wildly optimistic news?), I’ve just sold the film and TV rights to my very first novel, THE EVIL SEED. Of course, things like this have happened before without a show ever being made, but it’s nice to know that a book I began forty years ago when I was at university still has the power to make people dream.

And here’s a piece of good news for you. For a whole month before the publication of THE STRAWBERRY THIEF in paperback, the e-book will be available on Kindle for only 99p. Treat yourself. You deserve something nice…

Happy New Year!

Happy new year, everyone! 2020 was tough for many of us, and 2021 may yet have its challenges. But there’s nothing like a fresh start, a brand-new diary and a positive mental attitude to help shake off the doldrums.

There’s a lot to look forward to this year – the launch of HONEYCOMB in May, the paperback of THE STRAWBERRY THIEF in April, and my new St Oswald’s book, A NARROW DOOR, in autumn. Plus, hopefully, there will be in-person events as well as online happenings, as well as some gigs with the Storytime Band.

This month I’m inviting you to join me for a 30-day writing challenge – just 300 words a day, every day, to help you get into good writing habits and set you up for the coming year. You don’t have to be a would-be professional to benefit from creative writing; nor do you need to have any kind of experience. Just start off gently, on whatever topic you like, and see where your ideas lead you.

My new self-help book, TEN THINGS ABOUT WRITING, is now available in hardback and audio to help you get started, with hints about how to manage your workspace, how to get into your headspace, how to make the most of your time, and what to do when the Muse won’t clock in.

Read more about it here,  or buy a copy at And don’t forget to follow my little writing seminars on my YouTube channel

Christmas 2020

It’s okay to be merry this Christmas.

It’s also okay to be sad, or to grieve, or to feel anxious or lonely.

It’s okay to drink, or not to drink, as you prefer. It’s your choice.

It’s okay to be risk-averse, and to stay in your own home.

it’s okay to be kind to yourself, as well as to other people.

It’s okay not to celebrate at all, or to celebrate something else altogether, or to postpone your celebrations until the world is a safer place for you and yours.

It’s okay to look inward, instead of looking outward.

It’s okay to  eat what you like, or not.

It’s only one day. And it’s yours.



TEN THINGS ABOUT WRITING comes out in hardback and audiobook on December 10th! It’s a terrific, chunky little hardback with a purple silk bookmark, artwork by Moose Allain and a striking jacket design by the excellent Claire Skeats; perfect for anyone who needs  encouragement with their  writing,  or  tips on  how  best  to  get started.

See here for more details.

Meanwhile, I’ve finished the first draft of my new thriller, and I’m waiting for my editor’s reaction – always an anxious time for an author, regardless of the number of bestsellers. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for this one – it’s not quite the same as my other Malbry books, and I really hope she likes it…



I’ve just received the advance copies of TEN THINGS ABOUT WRITING, and oh my, they look tremendous! With Moose Allain’s clever, funny artwork, a purple silk bookmark and a conveniently wipe-clean surface (blood, coffee, writer’s tears), I can’t wait to see it in bookshops. You can pre-order it here, just in time for Christmas, but if you just can’t wait till then, it’s already available in e-book form. Oh, and if you’re an audio fan, the audiobook (with me as the narrator) will be coming out on December 10th…

This month’s offer on Amazon Kindle UK is GENTLEMEN AND PLAYERS: available for just 99p till the end of the month. Catch up on St Oswald’s before A NARROW DOOR comes out next year…

 And if you’re already looking at ideas for Christmas, you might want to consider the following bookish gifts:

SWALLOWED BY A WHALE: How To Survive the Writing Life: a beautiful, lavishly-produced book of essays on writing by members of the writing community, ably edited by Huw Lewis-Jones.

The Grimm Novel-Tea Box: You must know how much I love Grimm & Co: their lovely writerly gift box comes with a copy of one of my novellas.  Plus every sale helps support one of the most exciting, magical children’s literacy projects in the world…

Or if you’re feeling flush, you can bid for the chance to give your name to a character in my forthcoming novel, A NARROW DOOR – or offer someone you love a Christmas gift they’ll never forget! All proceeds to the charity Freedom From Torture.

Happy Halloween!

This is my favourite time of the year, and to celebrate, here are a few seasonal treats.

Until the end of the month, Amazon Kindle is offering both THE BLUE SALT ROAD and BLACKBERRY WINE for only 99p each. Get them while you still can!

The Folklore podcast is out! Listen to me discussing Orfeia, the Child Ballads and the importance of folklore for free here.

Check this out: SWALLOWED BY A WHALE: essays on how to survive the writing life, featuring me and lots of other authors.

Storytime fans; I’ve uploladed the Storytime Band’s version of A POCKETFUL OF CROWS on to Bandcamp for you to enjoy (although if you prefer physical CDs, you can still buy your copy here.)

And if you’re craving something delicious in a hurry, here’s the EIGHT-MINUTE MUG CAKE from my good friend, David Greenwood-Haigh


  • 30g plain flour
  • 20g caster sugar (Fairtrade)
  • 10g cocoa powder
  • 1 medium egg
  • 1/4 tspn baking powder
  • 30 g butter
  • 40g chocolate


Using a microwaveable mug, melt the chocolate and butter togther in the microwave in short 30 second bursts.

Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well.

Add the egg and mix thoroughly

Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts (high).
If the cake rises over the top of the mug, don’t worry – more for you to enjoy!
Allow to cool a little, and either tip out onto a plate or just eat it straight from the mug. Enjoy!

Autumn Leaves

ORFEIA has been out for two weeks now: thank you everyone for your support, your comments and your reviews. These things help a book so much, especially when online events are all an author can do to help gain publicity.

Thank you to all the terrific bloggers who contributed to my virtual tour: I love you all, and I appreciate your hard work immensely.

The audiobook is also out now: you can listen to a couple of clips here and here.

Here’s a talk I did for Forbidden Planet TV

…and a great review and a guest post from me at Don Jimmy reviews.

I also did an hour’s slot on the Folklore Podcast: it should air at the beginning of October, so keep an eye out for all things folklore, Orfeia and Loki-related there.

Good news on the writing front: TEN THINGS ABOUT WRITING is now available as an e-book in the US and Canada, as well as in the UK. And next month I’ll be recording the audiobook in time for the release of the hardback in December.

And finally, #Storytime has a Bandcamp page! Follow us here for new releases, artwork and music…

#StoryTime CD


And it’s… a BOOK!

ORFEIA comes out in the UK in both hardback and in audiobook on September 3rd. Cover art is by Sue Gent; internal art by Bonnie Helen Hawkins, and we’re all very proud of how our new book turned out. It’s my darkest, richest novella yet, dealing with grief, isolation, fantasy, memory, motherhood and sacrifice, and I really hope you’ll like it. I’ll be doing a number of virtual events this month to celebrate the launch, so do check out my events page to see what I’m up to, and join me on my blog tour if you can.

I did a spot on Orfeia and settings in story for Wendy Jones’ Writing and Marketing podcast – you can find it here.

I also wrote a piece on the Child Ballads, and why they’re anything but child’s play.

Due to Covid-19 I won’t be doing any in-person signings, but if you’d like a signed bookplate for your copy of the new book, Bonnie has designed a beautiful one exclusively for ORFEIA: just buy me a coffee on ko-fi to pay for postage, and I’ll pop one in the post for you.

Order your copy here!

Want to study ORFEIA as part of a readers’ group? Here’s a handy guide to give you some ideas and extra resources. (Note: some of the questions contain spoilers, if you’re worried about that kind of thing.)

Jealous queens and wicked witches: a blog post on ORFEIA and the role of older women in traditional fairytales.

A mother’s grief and the dark side of fairytales. A blog post of the background to Orfeia.

Bonnie has written a terrific blog post on how she and I came to work together. Check it out here!

Want a taste of what it’s like? Here’s a clip of me, reading from the book…



Throughout the whole of August, Amazon UK will be offering the e-book of CHOCOLAT for only 99p on Kindle. Interested? Treat yourself here…


This month I’ll mostly be preparing for the launch of my new illustrated novella, ORFEIA, with a magical cover by Sue Gent and illustrations by the wonderful Bonnie Helen Hawkins. It’s a standalone story, set in the same world as A POCKETFUL OF CROWS and THE BLUE SALT ROAD:  and I think Bonnie has produced some of her most stunning artwork yet. We’re both very happy with how our new baby has turned out.

In audiobook news, I’ve just finished the unabridged recording, which will be coming out on September 3rd, at the same time as the hardback edition.  With so many new books coming out on the same date, pre-orders are likely to be even more crucial than in previous years, so if you’re enjoying these folklore-inspired stories, please consider pre-ordering it now: it will help drive sales and make it a whole lot easier for me to convince my publishers that there’s a market for this kind of thing…

Order it here from Amazon!

Or here, from Waterstones!

Or here, from Forbidden Planet!

Or here, direct from the publisher…

Want to study ORFEIA as part of a readers’ group? Here’s a handy guide to give you some ideas and extra resources. (Note: some of the questions contain spoilers, if you’re worried about that kind of thing.)

Want a taste of what it’s like? Here’s a clip of me, reading from the book…

Good Things This Month

This month, things are getting busy again. I’m hard at work on the new book, as well as keeping busy in the garden and making plans for the autumn. TEN THINGS ABOUT WRITING is gaining momentum; thank you so much if you bought it. Small presses need our support right now! If you enjoyed it, do please consider writing a review: as you know, they can help enormously. And do check out my YouTube tutorials on writing – the first one’s right here…

I’m off to London in a couple of weeks to record the audiobook of ORFEIA: and the lovely proofs will be out in a few days, so watch out on Netgalley for the chance to get your review copy. Or you could just enter this month’s competition (details in July’s newsletter) and win  one for yourself…

And we’re celebrating nature, reading, summertime and the passage of the seasons by making A POCKETFUL OF CROWS available to you for only 99p on Kindle. Do take a look if you don’t have it already; it’s my take on an ancient folk tale, and features the most beautiful artwork by Bonnie Helen Hawkins…


Thank you so much to everyone who bought or reviewed TEN THINGS ABOUT WRITING. It will be available in Australia and New Zealand very soon, and I’ve just signed a contract for the audiobook, which I’ll be narrating myself, and which I hope will be out at the same time as the print version. And to accompany the book, I’ve been recording a series of 12-minute YouTube posts on various aspects of writing and the writer’s life, which I’ll be updating weekly. Check out the first one here!

And just in case you were wondering what I’ve been doing to relax – here I am in the greenhouse, where I have a hammock, a radio and a small but carefully-stocked bookshelf. Lockdown is a  limbo state for writers and other creators, providing plenty of time to work, but not always providing the necessary state of mind. Many of my friends have told me how difficult they have been finding it to work, or to function normally. I understand this all too well. I’m lucky that lockdown hasn’t completely flattened my creativity, but there are days when the dream machine just won’t start, and I’m learning not to worry too much when this happens, and to find different ways to get into the zone. First, gardening: a Sisyphean task in the case of my garden, but therapeutic. Second, reading (especially well-worn old favourites). Third, exercise. I’ve found a number of useful resources online, and it helps. It really does. (So do chocolate biscuits, and wine – hence, of course, the exercise.)

But if you’re struggling, if you feel that you’re still in freefall, you’re not alone. Remember that sometimes, just getting through the day is enough: there’s no need to accomplish great things or set yourself impossible goals. I’m using this as my daily goal, and I find it works for me. One writing-related task per day; plus one piece of exercise; one thing to improve my home environment; and one thing for myself. I find it’s a flexible enough routine to sustain, on good as well as bad days. And there are lots of us having bad days; and loss; and grief, and anxiety. I see it, and my heart goes out to all of you who are struggling. Take care of yourselves and those you love. When the big things seem overwhelming, try to remember the little things, which matter more than ever now. And remember small pleasures, and practise self-care, whatever that may mean to you.

Ten Things About Writing

Over twenty years of being a full-time writer, I’ve experienced many things. Changes in the industry; the rise of digital publishing; the changes in our reading habits and our interactions with readers.

But what never seems to change is the number of people who want to write.  Online or off, and in all genres, the passion for writing continues to spread, and with the new opportunities offered by the internet, writers now have many new ways in which to reach their audience.

Six years ago, on Twitter, I started to post frequent little ten-tweet threads  on the subject of being a writer. I did this in response to questions from both readers and writers about my process, my techniques and what being a professional writer entails.  Rather than repeat myself, I would hold these mini-seminars – after fifteen years in teaching, it seemed the easiest thing to do – and the short-form medium allowed for a degree of light-heartedness that I and my audience enjoyed. I took requests, and chose the topics that seemed most interesting and relevant to me.

Together, my followers and I explored a multitude of topics, from editing, to getting an agent, to festivals, to describing the weather, to how not to write about women’s breasts. For six years, I fielded requests to compile all of my #TenTweets into a single online resource. I liked the ephemeral nature of Twitter, and the feeling of having an audience, instead of just a readership.

But lockdown has changed our landscape, and after many requests from writers for help and advice in this difficult time, I decided to launch this project. I chose to go with a small press to show my support for a sector of the publishing industry that is under particular stress, and to bring out the book as an e-book at first, to enable those who need it most to access it immediately. It will come out later this year as a hardback, with some added material, including illustrations from master punster Moose Allain, whose cartoons on all aspects of the creator’s life have never failed to made me smile.

Whether you’re an experienced writer, or whether you’re still looking for the confidence to begin your writing journey, I hope this book can offer you something new and worthwhile. We’re all on a learning trajectory, and sharing our knowledge can only help make us stronger and more connected. My experiences as a writer may not be the same as yours, but we can all learn from each other. So take what you need from these pages; and most of all, enjoy what you do. Joy is such an vital part of creative writing – because if you don’t enjoy what you write, how can you expect anyone else to?

Buy the e-book right now!

Pre-order the hardback here. (Comes out December 10th)

Joanne Harris’s Ten Tweets are a constant source of pleasure, equally welcome to writers and readers. Her tips are not only hard-earned and well-considered but they also spark debate and creative thought. Frankly, they are marvels in miniature. (IAN RANKIN)

Joanne Harris’s Ten Tweets have been tiny islands of sensibleness and wisdom in the sea of lunacy that is Twitter for a long time now, dispensing advice and distilled observation to those who follow her. I’m delighted they are going to be collected in one place and, selfishly, am looking forward to catching up with all the ones I’ve missed. (NEIL GAIMAN)

Joanne Harris’ #TenTweets series is an invaluable, no-nonsense and honest resource. Her pithy, often very funny, advice demystifies writing the publishing industry for new and aspiring writers. (CRESSIDA COWELL)

Joanne is not only a master of her craft but has the rare gift of being able to explain that craft, and offer peerless advice, in the clearest, no-nonsense, practical and entertaining of ways. Wherever you are in your writing voyage, Joanne is the perfect navigator. Learn, absorb, and enjoy! (MATT HAIG)