‘Perfect escapism!’

Cressida McLaughlin, author of The Cornish Cream Tea Summer

Who am I and why do I write?

I’m just a crazy mum, trying to write books between doing loads of washing!

I live in the South East of England in a lovely little town by the sea and when I’m not battling the never ending pile of washing, I spend my time working, running around after my kids, and walking our King Charles Spaniel, Wotsit, and our three-legged rescue dog, Skips.

Writing has been a dream of mine since I was little. I wrote my first story about a mermaid when I was 9 and was thoroughly delighted to show it off to my teacher, having written a whopping four whole pages, complete with illustrations.

After a couple of life-changing experiences (redundancy and losing my lovely cousin to cancer at just 25) I rediscovered my passion and knew I had to get serious about making my dreams come true.

I took a chance on Twitter and pitched my novel and in January 2018, I was lucky enough to secure a deal with HarperCollins, HQ Digital! I couldn’t believe it was happening to me!

My debut novel The Little Theatre on the Seafront was published in  September 2018, and shortlisted for the Katie Fforde Debut Novel of the Year 2019 Award. Lots more books have followed, including Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage, and my Swallowtail Bay series. My new series for 2021 features a wonderful countryside village called Meadowbank and you can read the first novel, The Secrets of Meadow Farmhouse now!

You can also find my short stories in lots of fab women’s magazines! Recently I’ve been in Yours Fiction, Women’s Weekly Fiction Special, and Best magazine!


Do you love funny, feel-good love stories too?

I love writing romantic comedies with all the feels! Uplifting, humourous, escapist fiction with perfect happy ever afters are my specialty. And living by the sea, I adore a seaside setting! I’m mixing it up for 2021 though and will be bringing you a new series with a much more rural setting!

But I also love cozy mysteries with a huge dose of romance too! That’s why I also write historical cozies under the pen name K E Coburn.

And, for more information on the books I’ve written so far, check out my Publications page where you can find the blurbs and buy links.


Want to know more?

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‘Fun, funny, intelligent, heartwarming and heartfelt…Absolutely five stars from me!’

Belinda Missen, Author