First Love

I remember the first time I fell in love as if it were yesterday, although its more than thirty years ago now. I had just started a new school, and we were going to our first assembly which was held in a drafty old chapel set in the school grounds. Our school looked very grand, and it had once been …

Treasured Item

This dusty old perfume bottle is something I have kept for more than twenty years. My husband brought it back for me from either Romania or Czechoslovakia, in the early 1990s, I’m afraid can’t remember which. After meeting at school the age of twelve, we had dated on and off from about the age of fifteen. I always knew I …

Woman Walks into a Bar

During the writing and research for my most recent novel ‘Dearest Rose’ I came into contact with many women who had survived abusive relationships. The true life stories that they had the courage to share with me affected deeply, and made me determined to write ‘Dearest Rose’ went on to win the Festival of Romance Best Romantic Read of 2012 …

The Truth About My Secret Double Life

It’s funny to think that for almost two years I have had a top secret identity that almost no-one has known about. Not quite a super hero, although not adverse to spreading a little magic and a lot of fun, not quite an alter ego, but definitely a top secret identity never-the-less. Because for the last two years I have …

The Next Big Thing

Well its been a very long time since I’ve been here on my blog, what with all the goings on over the last year or so, mostly notably the arrival of my twin boys last April, so what with writing books and raising babies, and wondering if I’ll ever leave the house without some sort of baby goo down my …

Like Bees to Honey – Caroline Smailes’ blog tour, Chapter 7

I am delighted to be hosting chapter seven of my friend and brilliant writer Caroline Smailes Blog Tour to support the publication of her new novel Like Bees to Honey. I don’t know another writer like Caroline. She is truly gifted and unique, her imagination and originality is boundless. If you haven’t discovered her yet, I urge you too!

Ghosts and Memories

Recently a lot of people having been asking me if I have ever seen a ghost or if I believe in ghosts, because of the publication my new paranormal thriller for teen NEARLY DEPARTED. Its about a group of fifteen year olds in the urban inner city who are forced to come face to face with the supernatural that surrounds …

Staff

Well I said that the next time I blog it will be about puppies and shoes and it is sort of, although my puppy is six years old and the shoe in question is mostly in her stomach. It’s not her fault, her dog walker’s had flu and she’s been cooped up for a bit, so I forgive her, plus …

Twelve Months in the Life of….

Funny how the last time I wrote something here, almost a year ago, it was also snowing. I’d spent the morning rolling around in it with my dog and my daughter and I still feel pretty much the same way about snow today as I did then. I am fully over it. And that really is the only thing over …

Snowdrops on lashes

My writing schedule works on one simple basis. I can get all the work I need to done on time as long as ABSOLUTELY nothing happens. This includes no illnesses, no power cuts, no Internet interference, no car break downs, no impulse trips to the shops to buy spam because for the first time since 1978 i fancy spam (the …