Roz Morris

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What do I read? Fiction that cares about characters AND plot. Although I'm a sucker for beautiful language, I like a story too, dammit. I'm a slow reader because I'm easily trapped by lovely sentences and ideas, and when I enjoy a book I'm reluctant to leave its world behind.
I live in London with my writer husband, and our house is mostly decorated with bookshelves - so much so that different rooms are devoted to different categories, like a shop. My study, where I'm writing this now, is the fiction room - and when I look up from my keyboard it's a pleasure to see the spines of novels that have been important to me.

I'm a journalist, ghostwriter, editor and writing coach, and I'm also coming out from behind the ghosting curtain with novels o
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Writers, can’t kill your darlings? Read this

You know the situation. A beta reader or editor says a precious part of your book has to go. You resist, strenuously. They fix you with an unforgiving eye and say: ‘kill your darlings’. Sometimes we resist a change for good reason. The character/scene/description/flashback/whatever might be needed. It explains something, or adds resonance, or fills […]
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message 11: by Roz

Roz Morris Alan wrote: "Very nice to become your Goodreads friend, Roz."

Thanks, Alan! I'm not very good at using Goodreads but Im hoping to get better at it this year.


message 10: by Alan

Alan Toner Very nice to become your Goodreads friend, Roz.


message 9: by Roz

Roz Morris Tara wrote: "A whole house full of books, set sections per room full of book shelves, I'd love to see your house and dream of something similar for myself."

You also need to allow plenty of room for new arrivals! This books problem can get out of hand...


message 8: by Tara

Tara Dobbs A whole house full of books, set sections per room full of book shelves, I'd love to see your house and dream of something similar for myself.


message 7: by Roz

Roz Morris Easy to miss Goodreads messages. It's not the easiest platform. Hope the sun is shining there in Cagliari - it is in London.
Roz


Rita Carla Monticelli Roz wrote: "Hi Rita/Carla! You'r in Italy - I'm envious. Wherabouts?
Roz"


Oops, I missed this! :)
I'm from Cagliari, Sardinia.
More envious? :D
Carla


message 5: by Roz

Roz Morris Hi Rita/Carla! You'r in Italy - I'm envious. Wherabouts?
Roz


Rita Carla Monticelli Hi Roz!
Thanks for becoming friends :)
Hugs from Italy,
Carla


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L. Wells Hi, thank you for becoming our good reads friend :)

if you ever feel in the sci fi/ fantasy mood- check out our new book (antares and the zodiac, our website is www.antares-zodiac.com, ebook is now out :)

kind regards

Laura



Antares and the Zodiac


Daniel De Culla I adore You and yr Verb¡ You're Yes.
Kisses and Blessed Be¡


William O'Brien Hi Roz- Thank you for your friendship.

Please visit my website http://www.peteradarkenedfairytale.co.uk
to view a sample page and many other snippets about the book.
Expected release date late Jan/Feb.

Best wishes, William


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