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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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    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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    Keeping it brief

    Hello everyone, This will be a very brief entry today, as it’s been a rough week full of time-eating problems and deadlines all coming along at the same time like fleas on a dog. As you may know, my ‘other…

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    Getting it wrong in great company

    In my first author interview (links here), my publisher asked me what advice I’d give to aspiring authors. I said that I have found joining writing groups and doing writing courses invaluable, not so much for the teaching content (although…

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    Reject, Reuse, Recycle

    Someone said something to someone recently that got me thinking about a thing that happens to writers a lot. Rejection. It wasn’t even a rejection of my own work that led to this thought. Although I had my own latest…

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    Bobbing along

    I suggested last week that I may write more about how Bob Sparrow had arrived in my head. Revisiting Bob has made me consider how very long it is since I’ve been anywhere! I know I’m not the only one…

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    Something a little different

    I’ve been writing a lot of small snippets over the last few weeks, as I’ve started a new course. So, for a change, I’m going to share some creative writing here in this blog instead of the usual vague ramblings…

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    Idols and Inspiration

    I’m listening to a Masterclass hosted by Judy Blume. I’d forgotten, until now, how much I enjoyed her books when I was a child. I devoured them. I don’t think I owned very many of the books, but I borrowed…