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Turning over a new leaf

It’s early September, and after the cold wet summer we’ve had here in the UK it feels like a relief to slide into autumn. No more blighted hopes of sunshine; no more arts festivals spent cowering under a gazebo in a monsoon; no more endlessly arranging and re-arranging family garden […]

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The glamour of a writer’s life

Saturday 7 August. Venue? St James the Great churchyard, Colwall, Herefordshire. Occasion? 9.00 am, the opening Saturday of the inaugural Colwall Arts festival, that prestigious and long-awaited new cultural blockbuster of the Malvern Hills. My first ever live marketing event. Me? Lone writer with tiny gazebo among 30 other artists […]

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Reviews of The Governor’s Man

Reader’s comments on Amazon: “The Governor’s Man is an excellent read – but be warned, you won’t want to put it down until the end!” – Lynn J  “An enthralling story, beautifully written.” – M E Holley “it’s a stay-up-all-night fab read. Where’s the next!” – PNicholasR “The historical detail […]

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Doing it on the radio

Being terminally cheeky, I recently wrote to BBC Radio Somerset to solicit a mention for my locally-set novel, The Governor’s Man. The lovely Charlie Taylor graciously offered me a live interview on his evening show on 12 July. Sadly, on the day he was pinged and had to go into […]

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The world turns …

It’s exactly seven years ago today that my first ever short story was published, by an online magazine. The tax bill wasn’t an issue, as I was paid the princely sum of $3. But still, it was my first ever earnings from writing, and felt like a watershed. If I […]

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Prize winner at Lincoln Book Festival 2020

Since lockdown began I’ve been focussing on my novel Governor’s Man, and neglecting my usual short story writing. Then along came the Lincoln Book Festival 2020 flash fiction competition. The challenge was to write a complete 50-word story about the Lincoln Imp. Those of you who’ve visited Lincoln will know […]

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The other side of the hill

This blog is usually about my writing, or other authors I love. In case you’re steeling yourself for the crushing disappointment of not hearing about my latest publication, relax.  There will be links to my new anthology at the end. We writers tend to live in a fantasy world of […]

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Poor little lost souls

I’m really quite an organised person; or as my beloved suggests, I’ll do any form of prevarication to avoid actual writing. So I keep a detailed record – using fab writers’ tool Duotrope – of all my stories and their current whereabouts. Now please don’t be picturing the bereft little […]