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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

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

Almost!

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