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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

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

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