Hi! We’re Heather and Rebecca
and through TwinCreatives, we aim to offer support and inspiration to new writers, as well as explore other bookish things, such as reviews and book hauls.
We hope that our advice, experiences and opinions are applicable to your own reading and writing, and will use our blog as a means to share snippets of information that we’ve personally found interesting or helpful.
We will also be keeping you updated on our own personal novel writing experiences (both positive and negative!) as we begin our own adventures to becoming published authors.
Read below for a little more information about us, our reading preferences and our Works in Progress!
Hi, I’m Heather, a 23 year-old wannabe author and one half of TwinCreatives!
My life goals are simple – I’d like to own four guinea-pigs and a Labradoodle and become a full-time author and creative business owner. Aside from reading and writing, I enjoy graphic design, badminton, swimming, going on holiday (that counts as a hobby, right?) and eating. Lots.
I’m working on my first ever novel – a young adult adventure / mystery / thriller – and learning the hard way that writing a book is not easy!
More about my Work in Progress
I chose to write a novel in this genre because I wanted to write a YA novel set against a backdrop imagined and created by me.The idea for my novel came to me one day at work – I was randomly doodling in my notepad when I realised that my sketch would make a cool setting for a novel (isn’t it strange how inspiration can strike you when you are least expecting it).
Currently, I’ve written a first draft of roughly 55,000 words, and am 15,000 words into my second draft. I’ve also outlined my novel at least three times so far!
Although I like to read a range of books, my preferred genres are thriller and YA, and my least favourite would have to be romance, as I find most romance books too cheesy and samey.
I absolutely LOVE the Hunger Games and the Divergent series, and of course, Harry Potter. I also adore Linwood Barclay (I will buy any of his books without even reading the blurb). In terms of favourite book, I would have to say ‘The Beach’ by Alex Garland, which I read recently and was blown away by.
I hope that you find my tips and tricks helpful, and I look forward to getting to know some of you, and hearing about your own experiences.
Hello, I’m Becca and I am the eldest of the twins. I’ll try and keep this short and sweet so I don’t bore the socks off you.
A little bit about me
I’d like to think that I am a kind, gentle and funny person who has a lot of empathy towards others. I’m also extremely self motivated whilst somehow at the same time incredibly lazy! I fit my writing around having a full-time job as a graphic designer, a pretty busy social life filled with friends and family and a long-term relationship with Netflix. I am hoping to inspire those who may be in a similar position to me (short of free time but who have a passion for fiction) and remind them that there is always time for writing – it’s all about finding a balance and a schedule that works for you.
My taste in reading is very much romance and love stories. Although Heather and I are very similar in a lot of ways, this is one thing that we have entirely different preferences for! I can’t put my finger on exactly why the genre appeals to me – perhaps it’s because a lot of it is easy reading (not needing to decode or read too far into it like you do with some books) and the warm fuzzy feelings that come with the territory of ‘love’.
I enjoy reading a variety of different authors – recent names include Nicholas Sparks, David Nicholls, Helen Walsh, Jane Green and John Green. Unsurprisingly, the novel that I am currently working on is a love story (as they say, write about what you know!) but I am hoping to bring a little bit of a twist to it ;).
My writing career at the moment is in its early stages – I am currently in the middle of drafting my first ever fiction novel which I am very excited about. I hope it will be the first of many and I have lots of ideas and big plans for the future. I have also dabbled in non-fiction writing – whilst at University I completed a first class dissertation on the legibility of fonts (thrilling, but not as thrilling as Heather’s, which analysed the graphic design of cereal packaging…) and both Heather and I have had an article published in The Ephemerist magazine.
As I said before, my full-time career is working as a graphic designer at an agency in Hertfordshire. I have been there for almost 2 years now – doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun? After graduating from The University of Reading with a first (YAY), I had a couple of internships, where I worked mostly for free to gain experience in the industry. Needless to say I was over the moon when I was offered a full time, paid position at such a wonderful agency. Our offices are on a peaceful farm in rural Hertfordshire and I love it. Ideally though, my life goal is to become a full-time author.
I get to work on a variety of projects from website design, through to logo design and editorial. In my line of work I have regular experience in the design of online and offline reports, brochures, and books. I am experienced in typesetting, cover design, illustration and photography – all skills that are transferable into the realms of publishing.