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Happy Birthday Unravelling!

Unravelling, my first novel, is six years old! Although I’ve published two more novels since then, I find it almost impossible to believe that this journey started six years ago. Copies of Unravelling on Launch Day: Since then Unravelling has done some wonderful things – lots of people have bought... read more

The Short Story

Hello everyone! I haven’t been around much recently. I could blame all the projects I’m involved with or I could blame lethargy and apathy. Or it might be a different reason altogether because I’m an unreliable narrator. I’ll leave you to decide which is the truth! Whatever the reason for... read more

‘Don’t Upset the Reader’

I’ve been conditioned since I did my MA not to upset the reader. Don’t write about unlikeable characters. Don’t write about characters doing things that most of us wouldn’t do. Don’t be too emotional. Don’t write unhappy endings. Don’t be too obvious – or too subtle. Messy situations are okay,... read more

And in other news

Haven’t written here for ages, but it’s 29th February, and if I can’t find the time to post on my blog with a whole extra day to celebrate, something’s going wrong somewhere! So, a quick catch up on a few happenings: One of my short stories has been longlisted in... 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

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

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

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