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Sacha Black

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Sacha Black has five obsessions; words, expensive shoes, conspiracy theories, self-improvement, and breaking the rules. She also has the mind of a perpetual sixteen-year-old, only with slightly less drama and slightly more bills.

Sacha writes books about people with magical powers and other books about the art of writing. She lives in Hertfordshire, England, with her wife and genius, giant of a son.

When she’s not writing, she can be found laughing inappropriately loud, blogging, sniffing musty old books, fangirling film and TV soundtracks, or thinking up new ways to break the rules.

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Sacha Black I don't believe in writer's block. Either write on. Write something else. Or sit down and work through your plot. It's usually something else, not…moreI don't believe in writer's block. Either write on. Write something else. Or sit down and work through your plot. It's usually something else, not block. Often it's a problem or plot hole you haven't solved yet.(less)
Sacha Black I spend a lot of time actively searching for inspiration. I read a lot YA books, typically, fantasy, but also contemporary and a variety of other…moreI spend a lot of time actively searching for inspiration. I read a lot YA books, typically, fantasy, but also contemporary and a variety of other genres too.

While writing and preparing to write a book, I spend a lot of time researching conspiracies, ancient architecture and unusual places, people, and theories. I'm really visual so I like to draw inspiration from pictures, and I actively seek out photo opportunities, I can often be found negotiating my way into derelict buildings just to take pictures. I tend to find that if I do all those things, ideas just come to me out of the blue. (less)
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I’ve been absent for a while, trying to make a decision about what to do with this website, but also because I’ve been reading a lot of non-fiction which I don’t read here.


Here is a fiction review, at last!


Today I’m reviewing One of Us is Lying by Karen M McManus.


This was very nearly a disaster book because I struggled to get into the beginning. Thank god I persisted because it ended up fantast...

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“It will teach you to craft villains so brilliantly twisted they’ll make your readers throw themselves like sacrificial lambs between the pages of your book.”
Sacha Black, 13 Steps to Evil: How to Craft Superbad Villains

“Motives are story mechanics, pillars of structural necessity. Without them, you’re fuckled, sideways…With a giant piranha covered pogo stick.”
Sacha Black, 13 Steps to Evil: How to Craft Superbad Villains

“What separates a villain from a hero are the decisions and choices he makes.

Being ‘good’ and ‘moral’ is hard work, often painful and usually involves a lot of self-sacrifices which means it’s never the easy option. And that’s why villains tend to opt for the easy road because well, it’s easier and gives them what they want faster than doing it the right way. But that option just gives them a one-way ticket to the villain funfair of doom.”
Sacha Black, 13 Steps to Evil: How to Craft Superbad Villains

“When she awoke, the world was on fire.”
Scott Westerfeld, Uglies

“There may be a great fire in our soul, yet no one ever comes to warm himself at it, and the passers-by see only a wisp of smoke.”
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“What separates a villain from a hero are the decisions and choices he makes.

Being ‘good’ and ‘moral’ is hard work, often painful and usually involves a lot of self-sacrifices which means it’s never the easy option. And that’s why villains tend to opt for the easy road because well, it’s easier and gives them what they want faster than doing it the right way. But that option just gives them a one-way ticket to the villain funfair of doom.”
Sacha Black, 13 Steps to Evil: How to Craft Superbad Villains

“It will teach you to craft villains so brilliantly twisted they’ll make your readers throw themselves like sacrificial lambs between the pages of your book.”
Sacha Black, 13 Steps to Evil: How to Craft Superbad Villains

“Motives are story mechanics, pillars of structural necessity. Without them, you’re fuckled, sideways…With a giant piranha covered pogo stick.”
Sacha Black, 13 Steps to Evil: How to Craft Superbad Villains

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