Category Archives: Books

In Search of an Ending

My mum (who is in our bubble) has been staying with us for a few days and this is what I’ve been doing: watching Tipping Point, Pointless, Only Connect and University Challenge, playing Scrabble and Rummikub, sweating/sweltering (because we have … Continue reading

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Getting My NWS Report

NWS Report Today I got an email to say my report was ready from the RNA’s New Writers’ Scheme. (Has anyone else had theirs? How was it for you?) Eek. My stomach gave a lurch. It honestly felt like getting … Continue reading

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The Pull of The Post-It

Last week I took part in a Zoom workshop led by author Julie Cohen, in which she talked about different ways of using sticky coloured Post-It notes in your writing. It was fun and informative and while I’m not going … Continue reading

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Coffee, Comps and (Hair) Cuts

Right, I’ve had my hair all cut off ..oh, and I’ve been in the pub all day. Hic. Only joking!! I haven’t been near any hostelries or salons and don’t intend to for a little while. How about you? Have … Continue reading

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Poppies, Paperbacks & Pilates

Hello! I have been quiet for a little while because there’s not been much to tell you! Except: POPPIES! Loads of them in one of the fields on our daily walk. It’s amazing how cheerful they make you feel. Books … Continue reading

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Confessions of a Suspense Author: Guest Post – Wendy Clarke

Today I’m delighted to welcome my virtual friend Wendy Clarke to the blog! Although we’ve never actually met ‘in the flesh’ (!), I feel that I know Wendy, having followed her excellent blog and her writing journey over the past … Continue reading

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The Pomodoro Technique & Other Good Things

Have you heard of the ‘Pomodoro Technique’? I’m sure many of you have. It’s a very simple time management technique, to help reduce procrastination, which basically involves working in bursts of 25 minutes and then having a short break (and … Continue reading

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Lucky Me – A Story Published

I have a story in this week’s People’s Friend magazine, ‘A Lucky Man’. I tell you this just to reassure you that I do sometimes actually put pen to paper and write! My hero Nick is a biker and a … Continue reading

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‘Women’s Prize for Fiction’ Longlist – How Many Have You Read?

Random Word Competition … coming soon! Some of you (Keith!?) may be wondering, now that I’ve hit the 1000 mark (1000 ‘followers’, which always sounds like a cult), whether I’ll be running another of my ‘random word’ story competitions and … Continue reading

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Grazia and Women’s Prize for Fiction First Chapter Competition

Look what I treated myself to today! When Storm Dennis is raging over the next few days, I will be holed up somewhere cosy, reading this. As I was standing in Asda, holding my copy and getting very excited, a … Continue reading

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