I started this blog some time ago now, and I kept it every weekday. It became a place where I write whatever came into my head; about writing primarily and sometimes personal stuff, but mostly about writing.  My first passion.

But, like all things, there are times when you get busy with other stuff (writing related in my case usually) and so I decided to have a little break from it.

I am now up and blogging and thinking ahead, to this strange but beautiful writer’s road. This is going to be a truly amazing year, in every way. On a personal level with wedding preparations for next January; and on a writing level as edit the newly named Chutney novel!

I have a new look website, some of you may have seen: look here and I am focussing more on mentoring too, so look at that page as well!

There are all kinds of exciting things in my head and so I will be back and sharing.

Message me if you want me to feature something in particular on here about writing and books or indeed if you want to tell me about your new book or your own writing journey.

I believe it all starts with passion: with doing what you love every single day.

I have it; my other half has it.

Do you?

I will leave you with a YouTube clip of an interview my other half gave last week about his passion. It might be about his work and not writing, but it shows the value of experience and passion.It cuts off at the end, maybe deliberately… have a look.

Right now, after reading since five (currently reading The Humans by Matt Haig and loving it)… Mal is next door doing yoga. We start early in this house.

So be like us: indulge your passion and embrace the new week!

More tomorrow!


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Everything in life is about finding the right balance, between everything. I had an odd week last week as I was ill and once again anything I did do was work and not my own writing. Now I am playing catch up and once again not getting down to write 😦 But that has to change or I don’t feel as if I am on the right path! So this is one of those mornings when I tell myself tomorrow, no matter what, I will get up and I will write.

I think this is good advice for us all because otherwise, we don’t move forward.

And we must.

That is all. Happy Monday 🙂


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A Year to Remember!

I am back but not quite as expected as I have my laptop balanced on my knee and am sat in the living room with a lemsip and a ton of work! After a  rare scheduled ten days off, which was wonderful, I finally succumbed to the lurgy I had managed to thus far avoid! I actually don’t feel too bad but have had to miss the gym and yesterday I wasn’t able to work. Today I will do what I can! I hate it as I am keen to get on with writing (finally), setting up my mentoring programme and getting a ton of editing done for clients! But these things happen!


So last year ended with writing successes on the short story front, some great charity work with my writing group and lots of fun! It was certainly a year of changes and we enjoyed Christmas in our first home together… ❤ …but so much more than that!


There are plans afoot to make 2018 the best year ever, whatever it might throw at us!

I love new calendars and diaries and the sense of anticipation the new year brings. I’m very much a goal-setter and a doer so do not need resolutions that I know get broken by most. I set goals at any time and I achieve them! That is me! I know our wonderful gym (now doubled in size!) will be full of the people who start the year with good intentions but as soon as they realise that working for something is hard, slowly drop off one by one and we might see them again in 2019! Don’t be one of those people! I urge you, whether that comes to diet and health or your writing! Or indeed whatever you want!

Make your goals clear and SMART! That means Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-framed! This is a little something I learned from the other half and it makes sense in all aspects of life!

If your mission this year is to finally get that book ready then I am still looking for mentees! I have three potential ones but if that’s you and you need that extra one to one push then get in touch this week. You do need to commit practically to time every week and financially every month for at least 6 months. But if you want to do it, you will!

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We can start this month but begin paying at the end of the month as I know January can be a tough month and I am thinking about arranging a meet-up in London as well for my little group. So get in touch!!!


Anyway, I wanted to end on the very best news of all… it is no secret that December is my favourite month and Christmas is my favourite time of the year. So can you imagine the surprise when on Christmas Eve (my favourite day of the year!) … this happened…


Mal said he had a surprise for me so I had thought a meal, show or something. But then he said it would be later as he had to train someone at another gym. I was not happy as it was supposed to be our day together but work is work. So then Dave at the gym says well don’t worry as we are having drinks for staff at the gym. I will pick you up on my way past and Mal can join us when he’s done. Okay, I say. So I get dressed up for going out after.

Dave collects me and makes some comment as we parked at the gym about there must be something else going on next door as the car park was full. I did not think anything of it, although I did spot Mal’s car already there but thought he must have finished early. So up I go and see a lot of people in the gym. Then I think: why is my dad here? And Mum? And my best mates from the gym as well as my bestie that doesn’t go to my gym? Before I have time to really process those thoughts the people part like a well-rehearsed wave and there is Mal down on one knee under a gazebo thing with balloons. I am not sure it really sank in what happened next. He says how he always knew I was the one and then asks me to marry him! Of course, I said a resounding YES!

So it seems I found myself at my own engagement party! He had even got a buffet organised with a little (or a lot!) of help from my wonderful friends Dave, Angie, Jacque etc!

They played ‘Congratulations’ and even a whole Manilow album and while I had somehow held the tears in check when he asked me to dance to Barry I cried! Wow.

The best Christmas present ever!

So looks like we have a wedding to plan. I do know one thing: while I have never been married I refuse to spend loads on one day! A simple ceremony, then later a party in a hall. But it will still be wonderful!

So here are the photos!

There is so much to look forward to!


Happy 2018!

I am back!


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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…

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…

Citizens of Nowhere

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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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