DS Jan Pearce Series now on Audible – get the whole series free…

Posted Posted in Books, Crime writing, Fiction, Manchester, Oldham, Uncategorized

I’ve been working with the wonderful Laura Brydon to bring the DS Jan Pearce series to Audible. I searched for a narrator for a long time because I wanted to make sure that Jan’s voice was realistic and true to her character. When I heard Laura’s audition of Jan and Bessie I knew she would […]

#100daysofwriting day 2 and 3 2019

Posted Posted in #100daysofwriting, 2019, Creativity, Fiction, Identity, Novel, Storytelling, Writing

I’ve been thinking. And thinking isn’t writing, but it’s still part of the creative process. It’s also why writing a novel takes such a long time. Sitting down and writing around 90k words is one huge commitment. But while you are writing there are those light bulb moments and those moments of dread that send you rushing back to the […]

Pay It Forward: Best Ten Top Writing Tips I Learned in 2018

Posted Posted in 2018, Books, Fiction, Perfect Ten, Stories, Storytelling, Writer, Writing

  I love writing but it can be very isolating. So in 2018 I have been out and about at writing festivals, book launches and writers groups. It has been an education. Chats with authors, agents and publishers have been illuminating and there is still so very much left for me to learn. I have […]

Exciting week and exciting news…

Posted Posted in Book review, Books, domestic violence, Feminism, Feminist, Fiction, Manchester, Perfect Ten, Storytelling, Writer, Writing

It’s been a very exciting week for me and Perfect Ten. The official launch date was earlier in September, but the launch party was on the 21st September at Chapter One Books in Manchester. On Friday, it was reviewed in the Daily Mail! Perfect Ten has gone national! In the fantastic review in their books […]

‘Bunny-boiler’? – NOW seems a good time to write about Perfect Ten and domestic abuse…

Posted Posted in domestic violence, Feminism, Fiction, Perfect Ten, Revenge, Uncategorized

With reviews coming in thick and fast for Perfect Ten, I wanted to dig a little deeper into Caroline’s character and her choices. Right from the outset, from my submission to agents and then editors, there were worries over Caroline’s choices about getting revenge on her philandering husband Jack. Would she be sympathetic enough? I intentionally […]

Being Believed

Posted Posted in domestic violence, Feminism, Feminist, Fiction, Perfect Ten, Uncategorized, Writing

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 […]

Perfect Ten GIVEAWAY!

Posted 1 CommentPosted in Fiction, Stories, Storytelling, Writer, Writing

***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 […]

My Write as a Woman

Posted Posted in Creativity, Feminism, Feminist, Fiction, Hope, Identity, Life, Love, Manchester, Narrative, Writing

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 […]