Novelist and Psychologist, Author of Honor’s Shadow.
I have worked with Jacqui several times since September 2010, first on my novel Honor’s Shadow, which was published in 2011 by Karnac Books.
In the past year, she has supported me again, as I work on Honor’s Ghost, the second of three “Honor” books. In both cases, she has completed a full edit/review of my manuscript and given me incredibly valuable guidance on how to edit and polish it in readiness to send out to agents. Over the time we have worked together we have developed a way of working which is inspiring and energizing for me. She challenges me to work harder and to think deeper about the experience of my readers.
I have worked hard to develop my writing skills, completing a Masters Degree in Creative Writing in 2007, and the Faber Academy Edit Your Novel Course in 2014. Jacqui has guided me to see how all that learning could be applied, judiciously, to my own writing; this focused, individualized attention was something that was, inevitably, less available on taught programmes.
Jacqui has impressive credentials, both as a published writer and as a coach. A successful author who had taken the time and trouble to train in the art and skill of providing balanced feedback, encouragement and criticism was particularly appealing to me. It’s not that I am looking for praise, so much as wanting to understand what works well in my writing, as well as what doesn’t work – if I understand where I am getting it right I can do that again.
I am now working on what (I hope!) is the final edit of Honor’s Ghost. Jacqui’s guidance has helped me to re-focus on my original intentions for this book, which I have been working on, on and off, for fifteen years. I am hopeful that I can really get it right now, at last.
I have also found it very helpful to have Jacqui’s input on my synopsis, my pitch letter, and suitable agents to approach.
Jacqui is thoughtful, responsive and innovative. Her feedback is balanced, practical, and constructive. I am always inspired by my discussions with her; I don’t know how she does it, she is a wizard with her own brand of alchemy.
Find out more about Voula Grand:
Voula Grand is a successful business psychologist consulting to global corporations. Honor’s Shadow, her debut novel, is a contemporary psychological drama about secrets, betrayal, and revenge, in marriage. It is the first of a trilogy. Voula completed an MA in creative writing in 2006. She is working on the second novel in the trilogy, Honor’s Ghost.
Voula is a contributing author to The Psychology Book, published by DK in February 2012, aiming to explain all the big ideas in psychology in an accessible way. The Psychology Book has won the British Psychological Society Book of the Year award.
Voula’s website and blog here
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