August 27, 2020

It was hard to start. I don't mean lockdown - although that was terribly hard - but writing, when everything around me was so different. But once I started, I realised how much writing helps me to settle. Disappearing into the early eighteenth century might be unknown,...

September 5, 2019

That's what I'll be talking about with author Amanda Robson, publishing agent Luigi Bonomi and Penguin editor Amelia Fairney. The pleasures and perhaps pitfalls of publishing a little later in life. For me, it's been brilliant. I'm thrilled to have my two novels publis...

July 12, 2019 taking The Huntingfield Paintress by tractor, tandem and  vintage coach to all 44 Suffolk libraries!

The scenic journey will take place during National Libraries Week. I'll meet my book when it arrives on 12 October in Haverhill Library. 

Special events happening d...

July 11, 2019

19 February: Primrose Hil Community Library - Author talk

28 February: Kentish Town Library - Author talk

9 March: Essex Author's Day - Ran writing workshop

4 April: Ufford Women's Institute - Gave a talk at annual lunch

25 April: Minehead Literary Festival - Ran writing...

April 5, 2019

Fabulous day yesterday! I was speaking to 60 members of local Women's Institutes around Ufford about The Huntingfield Paintress. Some of the women have been to St Mary's Church in Huntingfield to see Mildred Holland's angel ceiling.  I'm hoping I inspired those who hav...

January 8, 2019

So said Henry David Thoreau in a vote of confidence for the person who starts writing a bit later in life. I didn't get published until I was 60; is that late? Canadian author and speaker, Malcolm Gladwell, makes the distinction between late starters and late bloomers...

November 19, 2018

Two events coming up where I'm talking about my books:

Wyld Dreamers: Loddon Library at 6 - 7pm on Friday 30 November

The Huntingfield Paintress: Bury St Edmunds Past and Present Society at 7.30pm on Monday 3 December Non-members can attend for a £5 entrance fee.

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October 22, 2018

These days any self-respecting book has its own 'blog tour'. That's a series of reviews, excerpts and interviews presented on Twitter by book bloggers. These are a powerful bunch of readers and tweeters who can really make a difference to the book's profile and how its...

October 7, 2018

My second novel, Wyld Dreamers, is now in the shops and I'm thrilled to have been invited to do a 'Meet the Author' event in Toucan Wholefoods in Minehead on Saturday 13 October from 10.30am.

I'll be talking about my book and what inspired me to write it. It's set in So...

September 28, 2018

Only a few sleeps until Wyld Dreamers is born. Like making babies, writing the book was fun and gestation - in both cases - was occasionally scary and often exciting. Giving birth to a baby has to be of the most painful things a woman has to do so there's a big differe...

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