I’m the author of three novels, The Infinity Pool, published in July 2015, The Magic Carpet, published July 2019, and Title tbc which my agent is currently submitting for publication. I’m also an ex-teacher, a text book author and a translator, and mother of two very human adults. This blog is for jottings and ideas related to fiction I’m working on. It considers the work of others too, along with wider reading, writing and language related themes.

My first novel was inspired by quirks and details I noticed on holiday, but I’m a Londoner and the city pushes in everywhere, so my second novel is more urban. It’s turned London into the first city transport network with a magic carpet service. Here’s the cover:

Magic carpet ecover

July 2020 update: I took a blogging break to concentrate on writing Novel 3, also known as Title tbc. I’m back now, very happy to announce fantastic reviews for The Magic Carpet and am blogging roughly once a fortnight. Meanwhile, as we emerge (we hope) from lockdown, there are posts to revisit about teaching reading and writing to all ages and abilities. That’s how I earned a living for thirty plus years, and I do think that what happens in childhood is what shapes – or impedes – the writing people do when they’re adults. Then there are posts about leaving teaching – so long, folks, it was (mostly) great but I’m now a writer. Der Infinity-Pool came out in German in 2018 and has just been published in French as Infinitude. I’m beginning to get those twitchy typing hands that may mean Novel 4 is underway.

On this blog, you’ll find some reviews, of books and bookshops, a murder mystery, and a handful of the promised short stories, including one to celebrate my second blogiversary. Some travel writing has found its way on board, and I’ve posts on feminist writing and my heartfelt wish to remain in EuropeChristmas featured, along with World Book Day and one Easter I set you a quiz. But the general theme remains writing, writing, writing, planning my writing, writing courses, my characters and the double edged swords of genre and editing. Most recently I’ve mused on cutting words down to size, main characters and using italics. All you the audience need do is click the links, read, comment, follow and enjoy! Or criticise, if you wish. Thank you so much for your attention.

Contact me: 

Find me on facebook here

Twitter: @jessica_norrie

You can email me on jessica@jessicanorrie.com

You can buy The Infinity Pool here, Der Infinity-Pool here and Infinitude here.

You can buy The Magic Carpet here

You can buy my Primary French textbook, Célébrons les Fêtes here.

I hope you’ll soon be able to buy Title tbc!

Or simply comment on one of my blog posts! I have two Blogger Recognition Awards so you should find something to interest you.

And if you’re interested in becoming a fellow member of ALLi – the Alliance of Independent Authors, just click here.

©Jessica Norrie 2020

The small print: 

2017 -With thanks to Marlena at https://fabulous-fusions.com/
With thanks to Sally at https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/

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27 thoughts on “Welcome!

    1. Thank you! It’s a career that started late but the first book took too many years to count, the second three, and the third is in the agent’s hands after two, so I’m speeding up and hopefully the quality is improving too. Thank you for your comments and enjoy your writing.

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      1. Sure thing! Yeah, with experience comes improvement. I’ve read lots of books on craft but I think it’s best to apply those techniques to what you’re currently working on and try to make it second nature. When it’s like that, you do it without thinking about it. So happy for your success! Thanks for sharing!

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