Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

A stay-at-home week

This week is a stay-at-home week so that I can catch up with all those odd jobs I've been putting off - and I'm not talking about housework. I turned my attention to putting my computer files in order and tying up loose ends. I think this is something we all put off for far too long because once you've got things categorised you feel really pleased with yourself. Your documents look tidier and they should be more easily accessible. But are they?  Now where did I put that long discarded file on Roman roads? Did I zap it or put it in 'General Research'? Oh well, maybe it's best to leave things as they are!
Talking of research, this is one of the things I like best about writing. Of course, a book that needs a lot of research will take longer to finish because you know you've got to get it right. However, if you're anything like me, you can easily get side-tracked by some completely irrelevant, though interesting, detail.
My latest novel, Footprints on my Doorstep - is coming out soon! I cheated a little by not naming the town in which the action takes place. This gave me licence to play around with the accuracy but I'm sure local readers will recognise the location. Once I know the launch date I will post it on my blog.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Friday, 20 October 2017

If you live in an old house, have you ever wondered 
what has gone on within its walls?

How many families have lived there?
  Did Victorian children race up and down the staircase?
     Did Edwardian ladies rustle their skirts in the hallway?
       Did flappers kick their heels to the sound of the Charleston?
          Did rockers tap their feet to Bill Haley and Cliff Richard?
             Did Beatles songs resonate from Top of the Pops?
                Did the passing of the years bring changes?

Look out for the launch of Footprints on my Doorstep and find out what happens at Number Seven.

Crawley Library hosted an event for Sussex authors recently. It drew in plenty of interested readers and was a great success. I am hoping they will repeat the event next year.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Devon at its best. Last weekend I spent a wonderful time in the countryside under perfect blue skies. The English countryside can't be beaten on a fine day.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

It's hard to imagine that less than a week ago I was in beautiful Salamanca. What a fantastic city with its cobble-stoned streets and colourful plazas! There are so many interesting places to see, too many for this visit but I intend to return. Its history and people are an inspiration to painters and writers and I am already toying with the idea of another novel set in Spain.