MY BLOG

August 19, 2019

It was 1982, and I was sitting in the lounge chatting with my in-laws when I used the fatal word in conversation. Yes, I said “bum.” My new Mother-in-Law, looking very shocked, informed me that swearing was not permitted in their house and the polite word, the word the...

May 2, 2018

The email popped into my inbox out of the blue. It was from an artist called Adrian Brooks, based in Dorchester-on-Thames, and he was asking if any of my creative writing students would like to write a short story to accompany his latest project. The whole thing sounde...

January 3, 2018

What an absolute treat we had from the BBC with its sumptuous productions of Little Women and The Miniaturist, I loved every second of both. Some people commented that there were differences from the original stories, but any production will do that with so many people...

June 26, 2017

A wonderful concept that allows everyone to be a poet or artist

March 27, 2017

I donated two copies of my debut novel, The Seven Letters, to my local library. This small, exceptionally well-run little place has fought off many threats to have it closed it down. 

Given that the librarian, Ruth, was so pleased to be given copies I duly travelled aro...

February 26, 2017

The greatest compliment I have received about my debut novel, The Seven Letters, was a reader who said she found some were paragraphs so beautiful she re-read them to enjoy them twice. I don’t think I could ask for a greater compliment for my writing because that is pr...

January 20, 2017

“Set in the Cotswolds and Paris, ‘The Seven Letters’ is a fusion of life in war torn France and the consequences of how it effected people for the rest of their lives. The story-telling in the book is so gripping it draws the reader in and it becomes very easy to relat...

July 5, 2016

I am often asked why Paris is the muse for my novels. It's a question that I find easy to answer.

For a start it is very beautiful. 

It's buildings are graceful, elegant and considered. They lie along broad, often tree-lined avenues which allows the city space to breath...

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