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Storm Doris

I lay in bed this morning and listened to Storm Doris battering the house (and that was before the winds reached their full force) and thought about my own Storm Doris – or perhaps I should think about a new name rather than jumping on poor old Doris’s back! I... read more

Happy Birthday ‘The Broken Road’!

How could I have forgotten? ‘The Broken Road’ was launched in December 2015. Happy first birthday to my third novel! The last half of 2015 included a frenetic amount of activity – writing and rewriting, polishing the final draft, finalising the front cover, organising the launch, and dealing with pre-publication... read more

Venice & The Broken Road

I can’t believe how long it is since I last wrote my blog – a combination of not writing very much at the moment, lots of other writing (and non-writing!) related activities, and a trip to Venice! Although I only managed nine days this year, the visit inevitably brought back... read more

An interview with my main character

Q & A Ollie Anderson, artist Born in Plymouth, Ollie Anderson lives in London where he works as an artist, as well as having a part-time job in a gallery near Piccadilly. His passion is watercolours.  He lives with his wife, Jess, a teacher, and his daughter, Flo, aged eleven.... read more

When poetry and prose work together

I’ve used places I love as settings in my two previous novels, and The Broken Road is no exception. So, Venice has to be in my new novel! Two of the characters go on an extended visit, which is cut short abruptly when tragedy threatens to intervene. One of the... read more

Buon Giorno!

My characters have arrived in Venice at long last! I’ve been waiting for them to get there for the last eighteen months (Ollie has been waiting for most of his life!), but now they’re there – I’m scared. I love Venice and I’m frightened I won’t do justice to it.... read more

No, not the Clooney Wedding!

Wall to wall coverage of Venice as a result of George Clooney’s wedding probably means everyone is sick of hearing about the place, but I want to record my own little bit of Venice from last week. This was my eighth visit to Venice! This time we had a small... read more

The End of Summer

Summer is having a last flurry at the moment with warm days and blue skies. But there’s the unmistakeable scent of autumn waiting round the corner. Children in oversized uniforms have gone back to school. Darkness looms earlier and earlier each evening. And the mornings are misty and cool. I... read more

Blog Tour – Day 9

The ninth – and penultimate day – of my blog tour. I’m coming to the end of my blog tour. There’s today’s stop, one more later in June, as the person had to postpone it, and tomorrow. I’m really happy with today’s review, especially the final paragraph! I’m over at... read more

Blog Tour – Day 3

Day three of my blog tour! This is another guest post about some aspect of ‘The Piano Player’s Son’. It was difficult to choose what to write about, as I also have an interview on the same site in a couple of days and didn’t want to recover similar territory.... read more