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A writer’s life isn’t all writing

First of all thank you to everyone who made nice comments on the blog or sent me messages after my ‘down’ post the other day. I really appreciate your thoughts. I still haven’t written anything creative (although in some ways the blog is a gentle limbering up), but the idea... read more

Writing AIMS

Over the last few days of festive overload, I’ve been looking forward to today. A new year, a new start, a new writing project. The trouble is I don’t know what I want that project to be. A new novel? Short stories? Something I haven’t tried before? Last year I... read more

Happy New York!

I sent my daughter a text this morning (she’s working today) to wish her Happy New Year. It wasn’t until I got her reply saying ‘Happy New York to you too!’ that I realised predictive texting had got the better of me. Doesn’t bode well for writing during the year... read more

Ho! Ho! Ho!

Happy Christmas, everyone! My blog is ending the year on something of a whimper. A combination of the book launch, a horrible lurgy and trying to get ready for Christmas has forced blogging into the back seat. But I couldn’t not send good wishes to all of you who read... read more

Launch Day + 9

It’s nine days since the launch of The Broken Road. In the stressful, frenetic run-up to the launch (and in the months before that trying to get the book finished!), I imagined the joy of the post-launch aura. Some light Christmas shopping perhaps. Catching up with friends I’d neglected. Some... read more

The Launch of The Broken Road

Wow! And double wow! Despite my doubting that it was ever going to come together, that the books would arrive in time, that anyone would turn up, that nothing would go disastrously wrong, it was a SUCCESS! There was a lovely atmosphere in the room. Everyone laughed in the right... read more

Countdown to Book Launch!

Anybody noticed my finger nails have been looking chewed recently? My temper short? My attention span limited? Yes – it’s only twelve days until the launch of THE BROKEN ROAD! Eek! I’ve just put the cover on my Welcome page, and I’m amazed at the relationship between this one and... read more

The joy of a good writing course

I spent last week at Gladstone’s Library in Hawarden, Flintshire on a short story course with Vanessa Gebbie, writer, poet and teacher. First of all, I love Gladstone’s. I was there earlier on in the year on a writing scholarship, and fell in love with the atmosphere of peace, study,... 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

Another step on the publishing journey

My journey from first thoughts¬† for my novel to publication has been long, and for a lot of the time, painful. Setbacks, blocks, loss of confidence, illness … have all played their part. At times I despaired. Would I ever get this book out? The broken road describes the journey... read more