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    It’s Publication Day!

    Today, March 15th 2022, I woke up as a published Novelist! (I know novelist makes me sound all pretentious, but I couldn’t just say ‘published’ or ‘author’ because today wasn’t the first for those. Today marks the release of my…

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    It’s the final countdown!

    With only days until the official release of Dear Isobel, things have got busy around here. I did my first Instagram live interview last night, with the lovely, bubbly, Shelly Mack. You can watch it here: Shelly Mack Interview. I…

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    Nothing much to say

    I’m aware I’m overdue with blogging, once again. Often, life comes along, or, sometimes, death, and last week saw me travelling across half of Ireland, the full width of Wales, and down the length of England, to attend my aunt’s…

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    Spring promises

    I’ve been gone a while. Things piled up and blogging seemed low on the priority list. Today sees me enjoying the end of a week off from teaching and catching up on MA reading, whilst also pausing to catch breath.…

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    Ticking along

    It’s so cold here today I’m typing fast to keep my hands warm… …which is good, since I’ve slacked off on my blog for the past couple of weeks. I’ve been mad-busy working on the fourth novel, prepping for a…

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    November Days

    I’m nowhere near busy enough, clearly. I say this because Nano is upon us and I’m IN. Which feels like something on the brink of insanity. But first, for those not in the know, what is Nano? Nano is short…

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    the proof and the obscure

    In Edinburgh recently, we spent a fun couple of hours in Camera Obscura, looking at the incredible, the impossible, the unbelievable, the inexplicable, and the unclear. Now, home again, I am coming towards the end of my proofreading for Dear…

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    Holidays and homecomings

    I’ve been away. For the first time in 18 months, we left Ireland. It was a combination trip of visiting family we haven’t seen since Covid locked down the world, and delivering our daughter to her new university life in…

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    Dinosaurs, and all that old stuff

    I’ve just finished creating a lesson about dinosaurs, so they are on my mind. I told someone the other day that one of my childhood nicknames was ‘Diplodocus’ and they thought I should use that as my pen name from…

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    Jane, Forgotten, and other news

    I’m delighted to say that I am now well underway on Novel #4, and it finally has a title (which may, of course, change yet, but for now, there are good, weighed-up, thought-through reasons for its choice). Jane, Forgotten. As…