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Venice & The Broken Road

I can’t believe how long it is since I last wrote my blog – a combination of not writing very much at the moment, lots of other writing (and non-writing!) related activities, and a trip to Venice! Although I only managed nine days this year, the visit inevitably brought back... 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

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

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

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

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

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

Buon Giorno!

My characters have arrived in Venice at long last! I’ve been waiting for them to get there for the last eighteen months (Ollie has been waiting for most of his life!), but now they’re there – I’m scared. I love Venice and I’m frightened I won’t do justice to it.... read more