Writers Life

Escape to Dream

How my heartbreak following the death of David Bowie led me to Tumblr and the inspiration for the dream sequences in my debut novel Escape.

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How Dear Lucifer Began

I have just written a piece on the page for my collection Dear Lucifer and Other Stories on what inspired the pieces and how they came to be published in that form.

I hope you find it interesting! I shall be adding pieces on the origins of No Way Home and Escape in the coming days…

L. A. Davenport
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What I am reading: War and Peace

What I am Reading #2: War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy.

"It is intimidating for a reader, let alone a writer, to approach the idea of reviewing a book that stands so preeminently in the history of modern literature as War and Peace.

Certainly when I was a child, it was regarded as the greatest of all novels, a towering achievement by the finest exponent of the form."

To read the rest of my review of War and Peace, go here.
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Pin to the beat

Recently, I told you about a board on Pinterest I had started on Great books that I love.

Now, I have launched a board on my personal selection of Great albums. Check it out here, or use the pincode below.

Great Albums Pincode from L.A. Davenport


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A Pinterest in my favourite books

For a little while now, I’ve had a board on Pinterest with covers of some of my favourite books.

It’s still nascent, but growing all the time. Come over a join me, and maybe post some books of your own.

See the Great books board here, or use the Pincode.

Great Books Pincode from L. A. Davenport


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Writing Process: Surveillance Capitalism

In October, I talked about a couple of books that I had found very inspiring for an as-yet unnamed book that I am writing about a dystopian future.

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Search me!

In November, I added something to this site that I realised was essential, and was surprised that I hadn’t thought of adding before: a contact form.

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Mozartian mind grease

How do you keep going when you have a looming writing deadline or overwhelming word count to achieve, or when you’re writing something that is far outside your comfort zone?

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Contact

I’ve just added an update to the site that should have been there a long time ago, but I never got around to: a contact form!

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Ready for editing...

Deathcast by L. A. Davenport available now on Amazon, Kindle, Apple Books, Google Play, and Kobo

Sending the next story from my upcoming collection to be edited…
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Where are we now?

Finally I am here, back at my desk from a long period away with work, work, work, and I'm slowly trying to get my mind back into the space of writing fiction.

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Thank you, The Bestseller Experiment

I think I’ve always been a writer. My mother likes to talk about the poetry and short stories I wrote when I was knee-high to a grasshopper. Certainly for as long as I can remember, I have been creating stories, characters, conversations, scenes and even entire fictional worlds, and lived so deeply in my favourite books that it feels, looking back, as if fiction was more real to me than reality.

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Writing Process: Research

I am doing some (well, lots, actually) of research for a novel I am working on. The idea has been gestating for a long time, but I needed some inspiration to help me give it more shape.

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Overheard #3

A grey-haired man whispering into the ear of his wife while walking through the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition: “I need something like that to make my moongate.”

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Overheard #2

An exasperated American woman to her friend while walking along Regent’s Canal in London: “Who the fuck hand-washes glasses anyway?”
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Overheard #1

An exasperated American woman to her friends while walking along the Arno in Florence, Italy: “I mean, you don’t need dick every night of your life.”
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What I am reading: The Tale of Genji

What I am Reading #1: The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu

"Before I talk about The Tale of Genji, I should perhaps talk about time.

It is the delusion of youth to think that time is infinite, that we have infinite time and there will always be enough time for us to get done everything we want to achieve in life. It is clear, however, that the more we experience time, the more we realise that, while time itself is theoretically infinite, our time is not, and that we will never accomplish even half the things we would like to before we die."

To read the rest of my review of The Tale of Genji, go here.
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15/07/2019