Yearly Archives: 2017


Can you believe it has been so long since my last blog, now I sound like I am sat in a confessional! I had intended to do the advent posts this year but I have been so insanely busy with life and work I decided that I would hold fire, and I will begin something new in the new year! So then I will be back and blogging daily and boring you all with my muses no doubt!

I do want to do more mentoring as well so I will be looking for people with books, especially first novels who are looking for more one to one guidance, I will be the coach. I was thinking about how my other half coaches clients in all things health and fitness and I want to do more of the same but with writing. So if your new year’s resolution is to get that book written this year then look no further. Price will depend on how much work we do per week but it will involve making a commitment, paying monthly and doing it. It’s a way to ensure you get that book done! If you’re interested please drop me a line and we can talk in the new year to put it in place. I want no more than 4 people for this so I can tailor the programme to you. So either people who have a first draft of a first novel and don’t know where to go next, we can work on the editing OR people who want help actually getting the first draft done… is that YOU? Email me

Anyway so this is my favourite time of the year and it finds me looking forward to my first Christmas in our lovely bungalow. The 7-foot pre-lit tree I bought back in August looks amazing and it is hung with bird ornaments, that I started collecting when Lee died and it’s only now I have such a glorious tree to do them justice! I adore the magic of this time of year and am trying to bring the man into it with me!

Before we walk today and I do the books (my least favourite thing that I keep putting off but I really do like to get them done before Christmas!) I wanted to say hi. Oh and since I have not been blogging I was at the launch of the new Bridge House collection and the Best of CafeLit 6 so I will share the links in case anyone is looking for last-minute Christmas gifts!

I will blog again before Christmas and then it will be in the new year!

Best of Cafelit 6…

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Glit-er-ary! New Bridge House Collection!


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Happy Sunday folks! Have an amazing week!


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Four Years On…

A lot has happened in the last four years since my debut novel was published. No more novels are out yet and that is a shame, but it is not that novels have not been written, just that things have slowed down since I was signed by my agent. I am hoping that 2018 is the best year ever by seeing progress in getting that second novel out there. So watch this space.

Well, today sees the 54th anniversary of Kennedy’s assassination: the event that inspired, first the short story and then the novel While No One Was Watching. So it seems right to slip in another quick blog post for the rare few that follow this blog that did not buy the book, with a blatant plug! I launched it on this day at the same place I will be launching the Canvey Writers book this Friday. November 22nd, 2013 was, in fact, a Friday and we showed the famous news clip announcing Kennedy’s death at almost the exact moment it broke some 50 years before!

I did see that the book Kindle version is only 99p today so do download it if you haven’t yet and the paperback is also on offer too!!!

So here it is… !!!

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I am still here!

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Still very much alive and kicking!

This is probably the longest I have not blogged since I set this writing blog up.

I just wanted you to know it’s just the new programme at the gym (very early mornings!) and lots of lovely work commitments that have made me decide to post only sporadically. This will be for at least another week or two and then I should be back on track with my writing advent countdown, so all things writerly! Yay!

I am currently busy with more editing for other people than writing right now but that’s okay and it will change for sure in December! I am ready to work on Chutney (renamed now too). Yeah!

So, in other news…

Earlier this year, I was asked by my lovely business partner, the FAB Gill James, to contribute a short story to a new Bridge House collection. This time it was commission only, and it was a kind of Brexit reaction about identity. The collection is called Citizens of Nowhere.

This collection is finally out TODAY  (whoop!) and so I am sharing the link with you all. While the remit was stories of about 3000 words this one is the one that ended up being closer to 12K. Yikes. But Gill liked it enough to still want to publish it — thankfully. That makes it the longest short story I have in a collection to date! It’s called Boarding House. I guess you could call it a kind of half-way house for lost souls! It is a bit different!

So, this year has seen me in four collections no less… including the Canvey Writers one we launch this Friday! Wow! It is an incredibly busy week for me! But, mid-Cornerstones ‘interim report read’, I decided to have a quick break and that I needed to touch base!

I will be back and blogging about the book launch later this week and will share photos etc. next week… still time to come if you’re local! Or not so local! Use this link to reserve your eTicket. This is the first time a lot of the group have read like this and I know some of them are nervous but I am sure people will appreciate that and I know they will all do FABULOUSLY!

Here’s the link for tickets and to find out more!

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And here are the book links for you… HOT off the press…

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And this one below that we launch on Friday! It’s all happening! Get it for £5 special price at the launch! Or use the link to get your copy from Amazon!


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On the Radio

So want to know more about our anthology, Tales from the Upper Room?

I am waiting to receive a lovely box of books, exciting! Not seen it yet!

The book is now on Amazon or if you’re local you can pick up a copy and have it signed at the charity fundraiser launch on November 24th for a fiver!

Dad, also a member of Canvey Writers, has a story and a poem in the collection, I have a story. We will be on the Tony Fisher Show just after 3 this afternoon talking about the book and the launch for Havens Hospices! It’s BBC Radio Essex… do tune in and have a listen!!!

Please share our event folks!


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Reserve your tickets here and pay your £2 on the door!

 All for a wonderful cause!

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Buzz about Books

So here I am having to blog less because of work and early starts at the gym but I am still here!

I am on BBC Radio Essex this week talking about our charity book launch!

The book is now out although it says out of stock but once orders are placed then copies will get into the system!

If you’re local come to our event and get your copy for £5!!!

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Book tickets here (free to book) but pay £2 on the door!

Buy the book on AMAZON here:


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With great gusto…

I embrace a new week and all it has to offer.

We are about to enter the spooky zone and so it might be a good time to bring out some of those creep horror tales. You know, the very first story I achieved something with (apart from winning writing comps as a kid) and before what I call my publishing debut proper when Jigsaw was published in the first Bridge House anthology, I had a story chosen in a US writing competition. It was called In Shadow. I did try to locate it but the website is no longer there. Somewhere I have the PDF version of the eBook!  I can’t share an extract as I can’t find the story, but it is a group of teenagers, sat together on Halloween in a graveyard… where else, right? But they are there to light candles and remember their friend who was bullied. While it does have the cliché of the graveyard and something that moves in the shadows, it also carries a horror of this young girl’s life and they all felt they should have done more.

I grew up on Stephen King so love things that make me shudder. What about you?

Any spooky tales you care to share with us?

Here’s my brother’s creepy cover on one of our spooky books over at Bridge House…




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Empower and Inspire

I love the editing process as much as the initial creation of something from nothing.


I don’t understand writers who see editing as ‘drudgery’ since it’s 90% of the writing process. I remember the first time I had a critique, in fact, that was how I met my business partner at Bridge House, the fabulous Gill James. It was the first time I knew I had not been fumbling in the dark thinking what I was doing might be okay but was it? She inspired me to carry on; that is was worth it.

I got my report back from the industry editor last week, that I have now had the chance to study and I am so so pleased. It’s really positive which helps. But there are things I need to do and I really can’t wait. It’s great being the other side of the fence and to fully appreciate the value of the ms appraisal. In this case I felt I needed someone better than me to look at it as I knew I wasn’t making obvious errors 🙂 Someone who knows!

Most of what I do tends to be the whole appraisal, which includes a line edit but not like a final polish because often whole sections might not even make the final cut so you have to find the right balance.

One of the things I aspire to do with my work is to empower the writer.  Always. The hope is that even if they need to do a lot of work on the manuscript — they can’t wait. I hope I have armed them with the tools, but more than that, the desire and the passion to see what they can achieve. It all takes work but if you have that absolute passion you will want it to be as good as it can be, right?

That’s how I feel about this novel. It’s been four years since the last novel was out and I have been working away on other novels as well as shorts, but I am so ready for the next stage.

The message is a simple one: make sure you love what you’re doing — every part of the process. And make sure you don’t fumble in the dark — have your work looked at by someone who knows. By someone who tells you it straight but who does so in such a way you are empowered and inspired!

Be open to the good critique, so choose wisely! I always seem to have 6-8 weeks of work these days, now scheduling for December/January and a lot of people come back, so I must be doing something right, right?

Have a wonderful Wednesday!



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