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Back to School!

I love this time of year! Autumn is without doubt my favourite season, particularly this year after such a long hot summer. I love that feeling of a new school year full of opportunity and promise and luckily, my kids do too.   The other thing I love about it is that I can sneakily buy myself new pens and notebooks when I’m shopping for the kids back to school supplies! Come on, who...

The Worst Writing Advice I’ve Ever Heard (And Learned To Ignore!)

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When I first started writing I was so consumed with knowing ‘the rules’ that I followed them blithely and without question. But then when I posted things for critique in my writing group, people would still spot things that were ‘wrong’ and, to be honest, it didn’t make sense! I was following the rules, so why wasn’t it perfect? Then I realised, my writing...

Lost Words – Let’s bring ’em back!

As a lot of this blog is about writing, I wanted to write a regular article on my favourite forgotten words. You know the type of thing, those poor lost words that sit at the back of our minds, gathering dust, having been discovered years ago in literary classics like Dickens, or Austen. They are the spices of the literary world, but I refuse to let them sit in a cupboard and be ignored until...

IT’S PUBLICATION DAY!!

I can’t believe today is actually here! My first book, The Little Theatre on the Seafront, is out in the world today! I’m celebrating with a little glass of bubbly over breakfast and a few tears have been shed already! Lucky doesn’t begin to cover how I feel right now. I feel blessed. I’ve enjoyed every bit of the process that’s involved in making an actual book and...

10 Fabulous Meaningful Quotes from Writers

I love things like this and find they always pick me up when I’m feeling like every word I’ve ever written is absolute rubbish! I hope some of them work for you too!   P G Wodehouse “I believe there are two ways of writing novels. One is making a sort of musical comedy without music and ignoring real life altogether; the other is going deep down into life and not caring a...

My top 5 favourite ways to dress up your gin and tonic

If you didn’t know already, I love gin! And in this post we’re talking about a plain gin and tonic here. No fancy tonics or flavoured gins, I’ll talk about those in another post later. For now, I wanted to share my top 10 ways for dressing up your normal gin and tonic because sometimes that’s all you’ve got in the house! Ice and a slice (and maybe a dash of...

Surviving working from home in the holidays when you think you’re going crazy!

We’re now about halfway through the big school summer holidays in the UK and if you’re anything like me, that means you’re pulling your hair out trying to keep the kids occupied. If you also have to work from home, life gets even more complicated. That’s why I’ve compiled my top survival tips below to help you make the most of the time you’ve got and enjoy...

My Top 5 Tips for Self-Editing

I’ve been writing for a while now and that means a lot of editing, and I mean A. LOT! It’s important to edit, edit, edit before you even think about submitting to a publisher and even if your book is accepted, it’s likely you’ll face even more edits, this time with the guidance of your agent or editor. I think learning to self-edit is one of the hardest skills to acquire...

Lost Words – Let’s bring ’em back!

As a lot of this blog is about writing, I wanted to write a regular article on my favourite forgotten words. You know the type of thing, those poor lost words that sit at the back of our minds, gathering dust, having been discovered years ago in literary classics like Dickens, or Austen. They are the spices of the literary world, but I refuse to let them sit in a cupboard and be ignored until...

Four Week Summer Gin Recipe

If any of you guys are based in the UK and have kids you’ll be facing the prospect of the big six week summer holiday and that requires one thing – Gin!   I’m an absolute gin lover. I’m completely nuts about all the different types of gin you can get and all the different ways you can drink it. I particularly enjoy a gin cocktail (does anybody not?). And with the...

Cover Reveal!!

I can honestly say this is one of the most exciting days of my life – my first ever cover reveal! Today I can finally show you all the cover of my first book, The Little Theatre on the Seafront.   When Lottie’s Gran dies she leaves one last request; save Greenley Theatre. Faced with a decaying building, a mayor who most definitely isn’t on board with the project and a group of actors who...

Is your desk safe?

Before you click off this post because it sounds a bit like a boring health and safety announcement, please don’t! It might be a bit dull, but honestly, for anyone working from home at a desk shoved in a corner of their dining room, living room, or at the kitchen table, please take a moment to read through some of the tips I’ve found to make sure you don’t end up with a bad...

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