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

The Two Faces of a Writer

These days a writer’s life has dual aspects: Looking out and looking in! You spend a lot of your time on your own, hunched over the computer or your notepad. Your only companions are your characters – people you’ve made up in the first place! They have adventures, relationships; they... read more

Indie Author Day at Foyles, Charing Cross

As anyone who merely glances at my blog will know, I’ve been finding life tough recently. I’ve struggled to get over yet another virus, have found it difficult to write, and all in all felt like giving up the whole writing game. However, a little light has glimmered. On Friday... read more

My Time at Gladstone’s Library

I spent a wonderful week at Gladstone’s Library in Hawarden in North Wales last week. I was lucky enough to be given a week’s scholarship, so all I had to do was write, think and enjoy these beautiful and tranquil surroundings. The photo of the library itself doesn’t really do... read more

Goodbye 2014!

I usually feel excited and unsettled on the last day of the old year, the cusp of the new. I don’t know whether it’s my Scottish heritage, but I’ve always loved and celebrated the New Year. Looked forward to the possibilities of the shiny, untrammelled year ahead. I’ve always stayed... read more

Christmas Greetings!

Happy Christmas everyone! Here’s to a Christmas that is all you hope for. It can be a difficult time with pressure to fulfil some romantic illusion of a perfect Christmas. The reality is sometimes different! But wherever you are, and whoever you’re spending it with – and especially for anyone... read more

Alternative Carol

I wrote this alternative ‘carol’ three years ago – to be sung to the tune of O Come All Ye Faithful. How sad that it’s still relevant today: O Come All Ye Workers O come all ye workers, Public and private, Come ye, O come ye to Poverty. Stripped of... read more

Not the Damned First Draft Again!

I know I’ve blogged about the difficulties of the first draft before. But what I don’t know why I’m making such a song and dance about it. When I wrote my first two novels (a very long time ago!), I wrote them by hand in exercise books and then got... read more

Why I’m Not Doing NaNoWriMo

It’s November, that time of year, when writers put themselves through the trauma of NaNoWriMo. For anyone not familiar with the acronym, it stands for National Novel Writing Month. The website describes it as a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing.¬†On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of... read more

Celebrating Birthdays!

This day last year I was stressed. Why? It was the launch of my second novel. Yes – incredibly – THE PIANO PLAYER’S SON is a year old! Happy Birthday The Piano Player’s Son! It was an exciting time – I was sending my book (my baby) off into the... read more