• Back With A Bang

    Posted on 9 September 2019 | 9:50 am

    Having signed off for the summer, I’m back, and what a lovely few months it’s been. Big feel-good wedding: tick. Holiday: tick. I read a couple of unpublished manuscripts that blew my socks off: big tick. I haven’t killed plants in the garden – this is deserving of a massive tick but I’ll refrain. I […]

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  • NO SWEAT

    Posted on 29 June 2019 | 9:44 am

    When I started writing a blog I wrote weekly.  It nearly killed me so I believed a monthly blog would work better.  A monthly blog is doable, I thought.  No sweat. Well, I was wrong, which is why I’m just squeaking in my June blog on the cusp of July.  How on earth can the […]

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  • WAITING GAME

    Posted on 24 May 2019 | 9:17 am

    A writer’s life is a waiting game.  This month, I’ve been in various stages of waiting, but the main wait (and for perfectly good reason) was for a title and cover to be finalised.  If you’re an unpublished author, following the traditional route, you’ll be waiting for that email offering agent representation, or a ‘yes, […]

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  • THE HOUSE THAT EVE BUILT

    Posted on 22 April 2019 | 8:12 am

    I haven’t fitted in a spot of house construction in my extensive free time (not) although moving three times in the past six years to satisfy my nomadic wanderlust might qualify me. No, I’ve been observing our local builder erect another home on the tiny development on which we live (eleven houses in total) and […]

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  • ART FOR ART’S SAKE

    Posted on 4 March 2019 | 10:09 am

    We all recognise how solitary writing is. I occasionally feel as if I’m stuck in a far-flung outpost, disconnected from reality, (not a bad thing sometimes) ploughing my own literary furrow, alone. Since October, I’ve been living, breathing and sleeping in my imaginary world – hence my very limited activity on Twitter – but last […]

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  • NEVER A DULL MOMENT.

    Posted on 1 February 2019 | 12:29 pm

    Keen to take advantage of a week ‘off’, I went to the theatre and reduced my ‘TBR’ (To be read) pile by a factor of two. The theatre trip was amusing for all the wrong reasons so I’m going to gloss over that one – apart from saying that the man sitting next to me […]

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  • INTO THE TWILIGHT ZONE

    Posted on 2 January 2019 | 3:05 pm

    No, not those early January days following all the celebrations when, bit-by-bit, we stutter into a New Year, with resolutions already broken. I refer to that weird space in time when a writer types the last word of a first draft.  Initially, all kinds of jubilant emotions kick in but, my goodness, they are swiftly […]

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  • IN THE ZONE

    Posted on 1 November 2018 | 8:06 am

    I’m badly overdue with my post and it’s going to be the shortest ever, but for the best of reasons: I. Am. Writing. Scary and thrilling in equal measure – hope this translates to the story – I’m literally sleeping, eating and breathing this one and won’t be coming up for air for some time. […]

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  • ALL ABOUT THE PEOPLE

    Posted on 21 September 2018 | 8:23 am

    It seems incredible that, two weeks ago, I boarded a train to York for the Jericho Writers Festival weekend. The second I leapt aboard I sensed I was in for a treat. There I was, book at the ready, ‘stuff’ to munch, water to drink and, a few seats away, a hen party en route […]

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  • HOTTER THAN JULY

    Posted on 28 July 2018 | 1:29 pm

    No, this isn’t a reference to the soaring temperature the UK has recently experienced but the fact that, for many months, ‘Hotter than July’ was the working title of my current novel. (For the moment, I’m keeping the new title under wraps). When I explained that changing and ‘chucking out’ (not just the title) is […]

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