Category Archives: Novels

What’s Your Definition of ‘Writing Success’?

What’s your definition of writing ‘success’ and ‘failure’? I ask because last Saturday’s Guardian (it was 1st April but I don’t think it was a joke) contained an interesting ‘What I’m Really Thinking’ piece (they’re always interesting, imo but this … Continue reading

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‘My Funny Old Week’

I sometimes buy Woman’s Weekly magazine (because I don’t have enough to read, oh no) and they have a nice little feature in every issue, ‘My Funny Old Week’, in which a celebrity (this week it’s Chris Tarrant) tells the … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Books (and some cake)

It’s nearly that time of year again. No, not the Great British Bake Off Final, although that IS on tonight and I WILL be watching! My man has been out to the village shop and bought a cake ‘specially because … Continue reading

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Sources of Inspiration: Atwood, Shakespeare (and cats?)

I went to see one of my favourite authors, Margaret Atwood, on Saturday in Stratford (and, thank the Lord, I managed not to cough). She’s inspiring for several reasons, not least because she’s clever and funny and at 76 she’s … Continue reading

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Awkward Moments (200 years apart)

I am recovering from my visit to Fishguard! Writers Holiday is fabulous but it’s a pretty ‘full on’ five days and the first thing I did when got home was…. go to sleep for two hours! Tee hee. I can’t … Continue reading

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Festival Frenzy & A Bubble Burst!

This time last week, as you may remember, I was panicking about getting ready for the Evesham Festival of Words Book Quiz, which my friend Chris and I were running. It was not without its heart-stopping moments in the run-up. … Continue reading

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Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction – ‘First Chapter Writing Competition’

Whoops, where’s the time gone? Easter has passed in a blur of chocolate and as I write, there are small signs of spring out there (washing on the line and some weedy streaks of what might actually be sunshine). Here’s … Continue reading

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