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Madonna at 60

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I’m pausing my very serious book posts to reveal an amazing fact about myself: I am Madonna. Many of you who know me through my day job or through writing will probably think that I am the furthest from Madonna that you could imagine – serious, studious and sober. But ask the people who have […]

domestic violence

Being Believed

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Perfect Ten

While Perfect Ten is a psychological thriller, it also has a serious core where the main character Caroline is the victim of abuse. At the centre of this is her isolation because no one believes her. I wanted to write about this being believed, which has become a prominent part of the #metoo campaign and […]

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Perfect Ten Revenge Playlist

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Perfect Ten has a theme of revenge, and while that is not the only theme of the story, a series of revenge songs are scattered through the story; in fact, Caroline Atkinson makes her own ‘Cheating Bastard Playlist’! And here it is: I think it would be fair to say that Caroline Atkinson is angry. […]

Fiction

Perfect Ten GIVEAWAY!

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***GIVEAWAY!*** The PERFECT TEN paperback will hit the shelves on 6th September 2018 and I’m giving away THREE Advance Reader Copies across Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter! Would YOU like a copy? Here’s how you can enter: Comment on this post or Like my Facebook page and share the post – comment ‘shared’ and tag two […]

Creativity

My Write as a Woman

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A while ago I saw an invitation to submit a short story to Women’s Words Manchester as part of an archive of women’s stories about Manchester. The stories were to be archived to celebrate 100 years since some women got the vote, and was supported by the Pankhurst Centre , Manchester Libraries.Archives+. Soroptomoists Europe and the Arts […]

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Perfect Ten: writing about revenge…

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It’s ten weeks until my novel Perfect Ten is released so I wanted to talk about how I came to write it and why I chose revenge as the theme. When I tell people that the theme of the novel is revenge there are raised eyebrows and curiosity as to what Caroline, the main character […]

Freedom

It’s Always About the Children

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While I’m sitting here in my privileged, white, affluent life checking my step count and reminiscing about the concert I attended last night, it’s hard to believe that in the USA children are being separated from their parents and kept in camps and cages. I am a psychologist and writer, but I want to put […]

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Act Your Age… what would the Rolling Stones do?

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I went to see the Rolling Stones last week at Old Trafford Football Stadium. I have been a huge fan of them since childhood when my father gave me a record player and some old records. Amongst them was Little Red Rooster and my introduction to blues and rock. It s no secret that I […]