Balancing work, writing and chronic illness

As the regular reader will know I work full-time as a paralegal in a law firm in Leeds and I also have Fibromyalgia, ME/CFS and chronic migraine. As you can imagine, writing books as well is very much a case of careful management of both time and energy. A few people have messaged me to […]

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points of view and publication week!

Firstly, apologies for the radio silence, but it’s been a busy few weeks. I’ve been editing Book Five which is out in March and now has a title (The Summer Island Festival) and a blurb up on Amazon which you can see here. I’ve also seen the cover and it is beautiful, my favourite cover […]

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one month to go!

One month today my new book The Tearoom on the Bay is published so I thought that today I’d share a few fun facts about it. I wrote the book in 70 days which was one of the most intense writing experiences of my life! You can find out why I had to do that […]

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five ways to beat writers’ block

It happens to us all in the end – we reach an impasse and the words just won’t come. It can happen out of the blue. One day our stories can be flowing beautifully and the next day nothing happens. We can sit in front of our laptops all day and all we end up […]

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on coping with uncertainty

Having a chronic illness gives a person more experience than they will ever need in uncertainty. I often don’t know how I will feel from one day to the next – will I wake up in pain? will I get a migraine later? will what I have planned trigger my symptoms? Some days my life […]

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book news and cover reveal!

If you follow me on social media you’ll already know this, but I’m very excited to finally be able to share that I’ve signed a two book deal with Aria Fiction and my first book of the deal (my fourth book) is out on 1st October (and you can pre-order it here). What do you […]

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a bookish update

Hello readers, how are you? Are you back at work or still working from home? I’m still here, still working from home, but I thought I’d give you a little bookish update (and tell you why I ended up writing my new book in just 70 days!) As you may know at the end of […]

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fifteen weeks

If you follow me on Instagram you will know that on each working day for the last fifteen weeks of lockdown here in the UK I’ve posted a “WFH selfie” – a picture of me at my desk, dressed, showered, make up on. It sounds like a rather vainglorious pursuit right, but I started it […]

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Q&A with Claire Sheldon

Back in 2018 I mentored Claire Sheldon as she wrote the first draft of her first novel. Today that book is out in print for the public to buy and enjoy and I highly recommend it – it’s a fascinating crime novel with some very interesting characters (and I have to admit to having a […]

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summer reading

The world feels as though it’s on fire. Like many of you I’ve been feeling rage and sadness and an overwhelming sense of helplessness. Like many of you I want to work on that, I want to dig into my privilege and ask myself uncomfortable questions. A summer reading list of escapist reads seems somehow […]

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