February 24, 2020

Are you curious about your ancestors?

Ever wondered what they did and where they lived. What about where you came from and what happened in the past that may have shaped who you are? I am hooked on it. 

I started my family tree over 12 years ago after being given a pile of photos and papers relating to my grandmother and her parents. The story goes that my great grandfather on my grandmother's side was a Swedish sailor, married to a Romany gypsy who was in touch with the spirit world. 

For a writer a...

January 17, 2020

Goodreads emailed me a very cool infographic of my year in books, so I thought I would share some fun facts. I read 14480 pages across 42 books

December 15, 2019

At the start of December, I selected 3 festive reads and downloaded to my Kindle. The choice of titles was vast, but my selection didn’t disappoint. Each of them was filled with just the right blend of family angst, romance and festive feel-good stuff. If you’re looking for a good book this Christmas check out these 3 festive reads.

November 23, 2019

The final edits are in the bag! Now I can get excited about my new novel for 2020. I'm taking a brave step and sending it out to digital publishers - this might be the one to catch their eye. I await their response in anticipation. While waiting, I thought I'd share with you a short back story written about Joy, the main character in this new novel, and also in The Way of Life, my first novel. Sunday Lunch

October 13, 2019

After a long day travelling, being greeted by Janie and Mickey at the door of Chez Castillon was pure bliss. This beautiful, characterful French townhouse, pretty unimpressive from the street, is a mirage of French charm once you’re through the sturdy front door. A wide hallway that runs the length of the house ends with wrought iron gates that give you a glimpse of the shimmering blue pool beyond.

September 20, 2019

Building Bridges The wind is bitter, but then it always is out here, especially at this time of year. Climbing the metal steps, the steel rail is icy to touch. The heels of the woman in front click-clack as she ascends. All I can see is her dark heavy fur coat, flapping in the wind. It touches my face, soft, warm. Finally, I reach the top, welcoming the blast of warm air that embraces me.

August 16, 2019

This summer, I decided to take a break from the crime genre, turning my attention instead to novels about families, relationships and the odd romance. I’m enjoying my summer reads, and there are still plenty of books left on my ‘to read’ pile. Between Twitter and good old Amazon, I continually see more titles that capture my attention. So here are my top 3 summer reads so far...

July 20, 2019

To coincide with a family visit to Middlesbrough, we loaded up the car with more luggage than we’d ever take on a flight and took the ferry to Holyhead.

My carefully planned road trip was underway. Driving through North Wales at 6 am, passing rolling hills and flat calm waters against a backdrop of cloudless blue sky was the perfect start.

First stop – Pendle Hill in Lancashire

Most famous for the Pendle Witch Trials in 1612, this steep climb is not for the faint-hearted. The summit is 557m above sea...

June 17, 2019

Finally my chewed up fingernails are given a break!

The email from Richard Bradburn, of Editorial.ie with his developmental edit on novel No.3 arrived in my inbox at the weekend.

I read the opening lines, letting out a sigh of relief... phew; it’s not absolute rubbish after all.

I wonder do all writers, even the really famous ones, still carry that nerve-wracking doubt when they send their completed manuscript off to their editor.

Anyway, back to mulling over the editing needed for novel No.3


May 17, 2019

Focusing on keeping up with my Goodreads reading challenge led me down a chilling, thrilling psycho readathon. I thought I’d share these reviews of three favourite thrillers

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