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 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

April 19, 2019

The bathroom mirror is honest and unforgiving. I need to tidy myself up; a haircut, a beard trim. I need some energy. Catherine is difficult to live with and the work situation is stressful, I don’t think I can take much more. It’s always... George I need this, or George we must have that, like that blasted coffee maker.

February 28, 2019

This week I’ve been taking another little break from editing book 3.

Of course I can't switch of the brain for too long; a copious amount of reading crime novels, a completely different genre to what I write, helps. I’ve also found a renewed enthusiasm for knitting since getting a pattern and selection of wool which will make a cosy throw for my creative room.

Nevertheless I still find characters with ideas for a new novel tapping at my brain, asking for their story to be told.

I love starting a new...

January 31, 2019

Back in my younger years I entered a number of writing competitions, and read with interest articles about competition winners and how the experience helped them on their writing journey.

Needless to say I never won any; the closest I came was being selected for the top ten in a ‘Writing Magazine’ competition for my short story ‘A Distant Place’, and yes I was tickled pink about that achievement. I may even enter a few more of their competitions now that I’ve subscribed to their magazine again afte...

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