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  • A couple of months ago I gave you my ten favourite classic books to escape with (, but in this post I’m getting a little more up to date with my choices. I love all types of books: romance, thrillers, sci fi, fantasy… depending on my mood, but in difficult times, I find I revert to books I trust to cheer me and make me happy. I need to step away from all the terrible things going on in the world, and find some solace in a story that makes me

  • I’ve always loved the peaceful feel of libraries, and have spent countless hours studying and writing in them, but thanks to the Corona virus, I haven’t stepped foot in a library for over four months, by far the longest I’ve gone without a library-fix since I became a member of Northcote Road library in South London more than 30 years ago. That library was just across the road from my mum and dad’s antiques shop, and I would go there to do my homework on a Saturday while they worked,

  • I love to read. I read every day, and I honestly can’t remember a time when I didn’t. It’s a really important part of my life and I couldn’t imagine being without it. But I have 4 kids and 2 dogs, a house to run, and writing to do; I don’t have time to read for hours every day. In fact, I never read during the daytime now, not even at the weekends. All my reading is done in bed before going to sleep. I wouldn’t say I’m completely stuck in

  • For me, reading, like for so many other people, is the best form of escapism – without even leaving your home you can travel to different lands or different times, or even worlds, and become engrossed in the lives of others. In our current situation, this escapism is more important than ever before, and I don’t think I have ever been more grateful for my book collection, especially now libraries have had to be temporarily closed. I find that all the stress and uncertainty around has led me to lean upon old

  • One of the few disspiriting aspects of being a writer is having your work pirated. It doesn’t make a difference whether you’re an independent author, selling just a few hundred copies of your books a year, or a bestseller, with titles regularly in The Times Top 10, pirating is always horrible to deal with. I knew that pirating went on, but it was only when I discovered my own work had been pirated that I took the time to look into the issue. I was amazed to discover the UK government’s

  • Goodness, it’s been a while since I’ve updated! In my defence, I have been very busy! My revamped website is looking fantastic and has had a complete make-over to ensure it’s super swanky with slideshows, fade outs and EVERYTHING. All annoying gremlins have, I hope, been eliminated; many thanks to the readers who dutifully played around on the site for me and helped catch them! You’ve been brilliant. Personally, I love finding out more about my favourite authors, their news, what inspires them especially, and even what they actually enjoy reading

  • As any writer knows, other commitments, be they children, other jobs or any other of the many, many things which take up our time daily, do tend to get in the way of valuable writing time. It's sometimes incredibly hard to carve out the creative periods you need, especially at the exact point you need them. For me, it's often a case of having to grab a little bit of writing time when I can - whilst waiting for one of my children to finish an activity, or as I'm cooking

  • I'm sure pretty much every writer would agree that STARTING writing a new book is the easy bit, it's actually getting that manuscript finished that's tough, particularly when the initial excitement of the new idea wanes a little. It certainly doesn't help that life has a nasty habit of getting in the way of writing. Here are some tips I've picked up, I hope aspiring authors will find them helpful. 1: Make as detailed a plan of your storyline as you possibly can before you actually start 'writing'. The plan can

  • Nowadays social media means it's wonderfully easy to find out all sorts of things about your favourite authors. You can see photos of their cats and dogs, their homes, their children

  • Often one of the biggest hurdles facing aspiring authors isn't lack of inspiration or even talent, it's just finding the time to fit a decent amount of writing in, and let's face it, an unfinished manuscript isn't much use to anyone. For someone who's already a professional author, and is hopefully being paid good money to write, it's their job, they can write 9 til 5, or whatever hours they choose. But it's not so easy for those unpublished, or not-quite-making-enough-to-give-up-their-day-jobs writers. Even the most dedicated writer will have times when

  • Romantic fiction is often given a bad press - it's seen as too pink, too light, and too predictable, but I firmly disagree. Here's why I decided to write romance, and why I'm very proud to be an author of this genre. I'd never read a 'proper' romance until I was introduced to them by my mother-in-law - she's a bit of a Mills and Boon fanatic, and has shelves and shelves full of romance novels. I'd just had my first baby and was looking for something to flick through whilst

  • I'm of the mind that every successful writer needs a decent place to write. Whether that's in their home, a local coffee shop or library