Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice Nostalgia (noun) a sentimental longing or wistful affection for a period in the past (OED) To describe something as nostalgic is often a criticism, a snubbing of anything wistful or rose-tinted, sometimes even slightly sneering. But I love the sensation […]Read more
It’s publication day!!
Today is ebook publication day for The Summer Island Festival – my fifth book and my second with Aria/Head of Zeus (paperback fans – publication is 10 June 2021). This book has been a huge labour of love – I started writing it in September 2018 and finished the first draft just before I went […]Read more
my word of the year
I have been choosing a word of the year since about 2009. It’s been such a long time that I can’t remember where I got the idea from in the first place, but I’ve always found it a helpful in guiding me through the year, like a sort of touchstone or north star. Last year […]Read more
top ten reads of 2020
I read and wrote a lot this year. I know this absolutely wasn’t the same for everyone but for me a need to escape mixed with all distractions being removed (I’m a shielder so I wasn’t even tempted out for dinner in the summer) culminated in a lot of words. I talked about my writing […]Read more
A Facebook memory popped up over the weekend from three years ago that put 2020 in a little bit of perspective for me. The immediacy of everything that has happened over the last twelve months can make us feel that it is the worst year in the history of the universe, but this Facebook memory […]Read more
on becoming a writer
I left university in 1997 with a vague notion that perhaps I wanted to write, into an empty job market – I applied for literally hundreds of graduate jobs and didn’t even get an interview. Nobody, it seemed, wanted to employ a Classics graduate who’d spent two years floating around Australia before finally picking a […]Read more
on writing routines
“What’s your writing routine?” It’s a question authors get asked all the time and I think there are quite a few of us who don’t really have one. For me working full time (for now – more news on that soon!) makes it hard to have a specific routine. I often have to fit my […]Read more
on getting that book finished!
One of the most common questions I get asked on social media is “how do I get my book finished?” and it’s a good question because there are times when I’m writing a first draft and I think the end will never come – like a magic porridge pot the words keep coming but that […]Read more
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 […]Read more
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 […]Read more