Fresh Fiction with Novel London

This Friday I will be reading from my upcoming novel, My Life as a Bench, at Novel London. Novel London is the brainchild of writer Safeena Chaudhry. Having been to many short story and poetry events she noticed a lack of new novels from new novelists being read on the literary scene and decided to […]

What I Learned from Famous Writers at London Book Fair

London Book Fair always buzzes with big names and LBF16 was no exception. Meg Rosoff, Deborah Levy and Judith Kerr were all interviewed at the English PEN Literary Salon (a designated area away from the publishers’ stands). Sadly, I missed all of the above but I did manage to catch appearances from other successful writers: […]

Room at the Top

This is a photo of the house I rented with five other students in Nottingham. It was rundown and in a rough area, not that we cared at the time as it was more important to be near the college and city centre. My room was at the top. It provided a fascinating window on […]

Five Star Stories #Kindle Countdown

‘Pure, genuine, accessible and extremely moving. From parkour to euthanasia, from sexual predators to finding a dead body in your yard; from accidental heroism to hereditary predilections towards infidelity; the range of subjects covered in these stories is vast’ Literogo ‘A collection of very well written dark comic tales. They start off innocent enough then completely throw […]

Stickers on Book Covers

Stickers (or more likely pretend stickers) are all the rage on book covers. Those little bright circles used to contain important additional information, such as a shortlisting for a literary prize, but now it can be almost anything including frequent claims that the latest release is the new Gone Girl or for fans of The […]

Rewriting the City and its Dark, Twisted Streets

Why I chose Nottingham as a setting for my novel I Came to Find a Girl Nottingham, UNESCO City of Literature, has provided the setting for classic novels from the likes of DH Lawrence and Alan Sillitoe, and continues to inspire today with writers such as John Harvey, David Belbin and Nicola Monaghan using the […]

Meet the Author on BookFabulous

Rana Asfour is featuring a Q & A with me on BookFabulous: Rana writes: ‘One of the most exciting thrillers to come out in 2015, I Came to Find a Girl by Jaq Hazell (aka Jacqui Hazell) is the one you should be reaching for if dark, intense crime fiction is your thing. This deliciously intense […]

A Room of One’s Own – it’s the Place in One’s Head

You’re a woman and you write, so no doubt you have a dedicated writing space and a private income? No, me neither. It’s quite a while since Virginia Woolf stated that “a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction”. When Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own […]


Wow, what a great end to the year. My novel, I CAME TO FIND A GIRL, has been included in The Telegraph’s Best Crime Fiction Books for 2015. The review and full list is here. And more good news, LONDON TSUNAMI & OTHER STORIES received an amazing review from literary website Literogo. Happy days. Meanwhile, […]