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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

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

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

My New Novel

I came back from Venice last Saturday, and after four weeks away, it’s been a huge struggle to return to normality. Especially when what passes for normality for me at the moment is reading and rereading my manuscript, making adjustments, adding things, taking others out, and generally going boggle-eyed. This... read more

Five Marketing Tips

Almost every writer I know shies away at the mere mention of MARKETING! Writers tend to spend a lot of time shut away in isolation, existing in fictional worlds. It’s daunting to emerge, blinking, into the light, and start selling our wares/ourselves. And people are no more likely to respond... read more

Indie Author Day at Foyles, Charing Cross

As anyone who merely glances at my blog will know, I’ve been finding life tough recently. I’ve struggled to get over yet another virus, have found it difficult to write, and all in all felt like giving up the whole writing game. However, a little light has glimmered. On Friday... read more

Books Make Great Presents!

I love books! I love the physical experience of books – the covers, the blurb, turning the pages, the smell and touch of a book. And I love being surrounded by books – piles of them! (I suppose that’s the reason I rarely pick up my kindle.) My husband says... read more

YouTube

Hey look! The Piano Player’s Son  is on YouTube. I’D LOVE YOU TO TAKE A LOOK What do you think? (Video is Courtesy of Jacques Butler, a talented young guy from Oxford. He also plays in a band Invisible Vegas.)

Celebrating Birthdays!

This day last year I was stressed. Why? It was the launch of my second novel. Yes – incredibly – THE PIANO PLAYER’S SON is a year old! Happy Birthday The Piano Player’s Son! It was an exciting time – I was sending my book (my baby) off into the... read more