Depression

Find the good… #findthegood

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Life is stressful for lots of people at the moment. The endless gloomy weather we have had in the UK has underpinned a general feeling of dissatisfaction, if the news headlines and social networking sites are anything to go by. In my own life, I am emerging from a bittersweet year when I got my […]

Identity

Great Expectations

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As the date for the release of Perfect Ten comes ever closer – still 25 weeks to go but I am so excited that it may as well be tomorrow – I wanted to write about an important aspect of Caroline, the central character’s, life, how it affects many women’s lives including my own, and how […]

Creativity

Flawed Mothers in Fiction – or are they?

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To celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th, from today until the end of March I’ll be writing articles about ‘flawed’ women in fiction. As a psychologist and as a woman, I have never warmed to passive women in fiction. I see them as a foil to the ‘bad man’ and isn’t that too easy? […]

Books

The Story of My Story: Perfect Ten

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Now January is over and done I’m starting to look forward to 2018 even more. In case I hadn’t mentioned it, I have a novel out this year! Perfect Ten will be published on the 6th September 2018. As you can imagine, this is very exciting for me, and I’m going to start at the […]

Creativity

Adele’s song and writing a novel

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So what does Adele’s song ‘Hello’ have to do with writing a novel? Apart from the fact that her music is fabulous and that she collected her MBE two people in front of me, I don’t know much about her. What I do know is that her song ‘Hello’ achieves what all writers want to do: identify […]

Dementia

A story about me, my mum and dementia

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2017 was a life changing year for me as I lost my mum to both dementia and cancer. Early in 2017 we discovered hat my mother had vascular dementia. It was a terrible time for my mum and our family and, in June, mum went to live in a residential home. We had talked a […]

Novel

My Top Ten Books of 2017 (in ten words each)

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2017 was a strange year as I spent more time writing and editing than reading. Even so, I did manage to keep up with the Goodreads Book challenge. No one wants to read a long review, so here are my Top Ten books of the year in ten words each. So, my favourite book of […]