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Five Reasons to be Happy.

Everything seems to be about lists these days: The top 100 books of all time The fifty richest people The ten items on my bucket list And a bizarre one I found: Ten sordid insights into the Victorian Opium Age. So, I thought I’d compile my own list. You’ve been... read more

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

Happy New York!

I sent my daughter a text this morning (she’s working today) to wish her Happy New Year. It wasn’t until I got her reply saying ‘Happy New York to you too!’ that I realised predictive texting had got the better of me. Doesn’t bode well for writing during the year... 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

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

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

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