Holiday read

I’ve been getting great feedback on Unravelling, which is wonderful. I want people to relate to the characters, get hooked by the story – all the things they’re saying. But one thing bothers me – several people have mentioned HOLIDAY READ. Lovereading, a website that links books with readers and is... read more


I just want to chart a few successes I’ve had since Unravelling’s launch: It’s mentioned on Cornflower Books, a book blog, which has many readers and contributors. It appears in a post with Maggie O’Farrell’s latest book – I really like her books, especially The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox and... read more

Book Launch Day!

On Sunday Unravelling’s launch actually happened! It was wonderful – all I could have hoped for and more. Most of the people I’d invited came (and some I hadn’t) so there were almost one hundred people there. I’d asked students from my writing groups to read some of their work and they did... read more

Countdown to launch!

It’s now only four days to go until the launch of Unravelling! It’s getting very exciting. Most of the arrangements are in place. Books, posters, balloons, a display of knitwear (by my wonderfully talented friend, Jackie Stringer) to represent Vanessa’s work are ready. Glasses, wine and nibbles for those all important refreshments... read more

Silence – the sequel

Once again I’ve had a long period of absence from the blog. I read other people’s and they’re writing feverishly on a daily basis. It makes me feel inadequate and I’ve got enough other things that do that – I don’t need to introduce ‘blog-guilt’ into the equation! The only... read more

Troubles/Joys come not as single spies …

In Hamlet Claudius says ‘Troubles come not as single spies but as battalions’ (hope I’ve remembered the quote correctly).  And vile as Claudius is, he’s right.  When things go wrong, they seem to spread the infection: your child is ill, and you get locked out of your car;  it pours with rain, and... read more

Why don't people reply to invitations?

I’ve got my book launch planned. Now for the invitations. They’re designed and printed; addresses are written on envelopes; postcards with Unravelling’s front cover are included – now it’s time to put them in the post and wait for the replies to come flooding in. Except they don’t!   Okay – that’s a... read more


I’m very aware that I haven’t written here for some time. Why? That’s a question I’ve been asking myself. It keeps calling to me, telling me I should write, but somehow I resist. Have I got blog fatigue after less than three months? There is an element of that. The... read more

An interview on ‘Unravelling’

Last week I had an interview for The Vale about the publication of Unravelling. The Vale is a monthly magazine distributed across the Cotswolds and the Vale of Evesham with a circulation of 60,000 readers. Okay – it’s not millions, but it’s still the possibility of a lot of new people... read more

You can’t teach creative writing!

How many times have I heard people say you can’t teach creative writing? And the question never seems to be all that well meaning. There’s usually a hint of aggression – or suspicion at least – that somehow you are offering something under false pretences. Because, of course, we can all... read more