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Sanjida Kay

Author of Bone by Bone

Bone-by-BoneLaura loves her daughter more than anything in the world …

“A worrying situation quickly escalates into a nightmare … The ending had me holding my breath.”
CL Taylor

“Laura and her daughter descent deeper and deeper into a living nightmare … towards an ending that is both unexpected and deeply satisfying.”
Luana Lewis

“Explores with chilling realism the insidious nature of bullying.”
Jane Shemilt

 

Blog:

Red Hot Chilli Writers Podcast

I had a wonderful chat with two of my favourite crime fiction writers, Vaseem Khan & Abir Mukherjee, for their Red Hot Chilli Writers podcast - out today!   Luckily I had two books to talk about, ONE YEAR LATER, as well as THE PRIEST AND THE LILY. We talked about camping in lockdown, as well as arriving in Outer Mongolia with only the clothes I was wearing, as my luggage had been left in Russia...     Red Hot Chill Writers Podcast Episode 28   Hope you enjoy it!    read more →

The best writing advice I ever received

Receiving criticism about your writing can be excruciating. It sometimes feels like a personal attack because fiction comes from the heart, from the soul. But learning to accept feedback graciously and even to welcome it is what will elevate your writing. Here's my story on the Royal Literary Fund's podcast: https://www.rlf.org.uk/showcase/sanjida-oconnell-bar/?fbclid=IwAR0d_jZqkFWovJN0Qasby5eVSFERvjG8DV-419nUjZMuN_6fef6cYKDrXWo      read more →
Men and Flowers: The inspiration for ‘The Priest and the Lily’

Men and Flowers: The inspiration for ‘The Priest and the Lily’

Many of our most common and beautiful garden plants have come from far-flung locations throughout the world, brought to us by intrepid explorers who have literally risked life and limb in their search for the rare and exotic. Our gladioli originally came from South Africa, rhododendrons from the Himalayas, the monkey puzzle tree is indigenous to Chile, the regal lily was discovered in China and many of our most exquisite orchids originate in the Amazon. The stories of some of these men - for they were mostly men - who travelled the world in search of flowers, and got themselves…read more →
How to create the perfect villain!

How to create the perfect villain!

https://youtu.be/SmP_Svt1Elo Today I ran a lesson about villains for homeschool with my nine-year-old daughter. She loved it and created a supreme baddie: Galactica, Queen of the Galaxy, who is 962 years old, born when an asteroid crashed into the Milky Way. She's composed of  'stars, dust gas and magic in lady form'. Great fun, and a suitable topic for primary school English, but actually,  it’s a pretty critical subject for any writer. If you want to create a villain with your child for homeschool, we began by thinking of our five favourite villains, what movie or story they featured in,…read more →

 

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