LockdownTown Oldham Reloaded – Day 7 – Location, location, location…

Posted Posted in lockdowntown, Manchester, Oldham, truth, Uncategorized, Writer, Writing

While Oldham is still in lockdown, other parts of the UK are loosening their grip. The British Museum opened yesterday and seeing the inside of my beloved London bolthole tugged at my heartstrings. I used to spend a lot of time in London. But since March I haven’t been there and I don’t think I […]

LockdownTown Oldham Reloaded – Day 4 – Where are my Characters?

Posted Posted in covid19, lockdowntown, Manchester, Uncategorized, Writer, Writing

Thank you for visiting Day 4 of LockdownTown. If you were looking for Day 2 and 3, don’t bother. Like many COVID19 lockdown days, they’ve evaporated into the gap between ‘I don’t know what day it is’ and ‘sitting frowning at the world’. It’s never a good way to start a story, but I woke […]

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 […]

Bestseller Random Acts of Unkindness is on sale at $0.99…

Posted Posted in Life, Love, Manchester, Writing

American friends, DS Jan Pearce Bestseller Random Acts Of Unkindness is $0.99 from 11/12 t0 11/19. DS Jan Pearce has a big problem. Her fifteen year old son, Aiden, is missing. Jan draws together the threads of missing person cases spanning fifty years and finds tragic connections and unsolved questions. Bessy Swain, an elderly woman that […]

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 […]

Visiting Forever Manchester

Posted Posted in domestic violence, Feminist, Identity construction, Life, Love, Manchester, Perfect Ten, Storytelling, Uncategorized, Writer, Writing

A couple of weeks ago my daughter rang me at work and asked me if I  would like to do a podcast for Forever Manchester. She is an ambassador for them and has contributed a podcast herself, and she thought it might be fun. I thought I would find out a bit more about Forever […]

Perfect Ten is Published!

Posted Posted in Creativity, domestic violence, Feminism, Feminist, Freedom, Manchester, Perfect Ten, Storytelling, Uncategorized, Writing

I am very pleased to announce that Perfect Ten has now been published in paperback and ebook. I would like to thank my agent Judith Murray and everyone at Greene and Heaton for their support. Also my editor Sara O’Keefe and Susannah Hamilton, Kirsty Doole and Jamie Forrest and everyone at Corvus Atlantic Books for their […]

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 […]

Manchester

Let me tell you about love. Let me tell you about Manchester.

Posted Posted in Fiction, Hope, Life, Love, Manchester, Stories, Storytelling, Writer, Writing

On this day, when Manchester wraps its arms around those who need it, I’m sharing a story I wrote last year for Womens Words MCR about my relationship with the city. ‘Let me tell you about love. I lived in Oldham as a teenager, before I knew love properly, but regularly travelled to the city […]