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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on writing contemporary fiction post-pandemic

As I write this blog post we’re entering week 11 of lockdown here in the UK. For the last 11 weeks I have only left my house to walk three laps around the next-door field first thing each morning and once to go to see my GP. I haven’t spoken face-to-face to another human other […]

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book characters in lockdown

It’s week 9 (or is it 10?) of lockdown in the UK this week and my mind has been wandering away from edits, as it often does. In Carrie Bradshaw style I have been wondering…..how are my book characters getting on in lockdown? I’m guessing I’m not the only writer who knows their characters in […]

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on Love Story and love stories…

If you follow me on the socials, you’ll know that I recently re-watched the epic 1970 film Love Story for, perhaps, the fourth (shortly followed by the fifth) time in my life. I’m not going to tell you anything that might spoil the film for anyone who hasn’t seen it, but I am going to […]

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on lockdown, chronic illness and how a kindle and audible subscription changed my life…

A couple of weeks ago someone asked me how I was managing with the lockdown. “I feel a bit guilty for saying this because I know a lot of people are struggling,” I replied. “But it’s not that different from life before lockdown so I’m doing OK.” The person was surprised, but the truth is […]

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