The Pain of Insomnia

I slept well last night! You’re probably wondering why I’m giving you an update on that, and the reason is – it was such a relief! For several nights previously I had woken up at 2.45 am, and didn’t get back to sleep for two or three hours, eventually waking... 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

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

Very quiet on the blog front!

So, not a peep from me on the blog for ages. What’s going on? Here’s a clue.But lots of news on the book coming soon. Cover. Launch date. And lots more. Keep watching!

Readers are the cherries!

Last night I went to talk to two book groups in the darkest wilds of Little Witley. I couldn’t find the exact house at first, and when I stopped to ask, the woman said ‘Have you come for the cherries?’ I didn’t know at that stage, but indeed I had!                ... read more


I’m in that no-man’s land of ‘almost there’. So near and yet so far! I’ve almost finished revising my novel. I’ve almost got a cover I’m happy with. I’ve almost got a date for the launch. I’ve almost got my ISBNs I’ve almost arranged the printing. I’ve almost written the... read more

Introducing my new novel!

I’ve been chained to the computer since I got back from holiday, working on yet another revision of my new novel. Finally, it feels as if it might be coming together, so I thought it might be time to post the opening. I was partly spurred on by a photo... read more


Not sure if my last post, Holiday News, went out to subscribers. I didn’t get it and wondering if others did. Posted this afternoon. Could you let me know?

Holiday News

A good reason for my silence on here – I’ve been away. A lovely two weeks in the hills of the eastern Algarve, a mile from the nearest village with  fabulous views down into the valley and out to sea. We had no internet access; we couldn’t get the television... read more

The Editing Black Hole

So, I’ve been absent for a while – perhaps my longest time absent from the blog ever. The reason? Editing/rewriting/proofreading! I’ve had a couple of trips away (although I was still closeted with my manuscript in Cornwall), and a few other commitments, but generally I’ve spent my time reading, rereading,... read more