#100daysofwriting Day 4 2019

Posted Posted in #100daysofwriting, 2019, Novel, Storytelling, Uncategorized, Writer, Writing

From little acorns… Thinking is underrated. The last few days have added depth to the theme of the novel and allowed me to chart the characters journeys on my plotting chart. I was finally able to write the connecting piece that joins the last scene to the next critical scene and act 2. My goal is to […]

#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 […]

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 […]

Perfect Ten: What is ‘gaslighting’?

Posted Posted in domestic violence, Feminism, Feminist, Freedom, Perfect Ten, Stories, Storytelling, Writer, Writing

Perfect Ten has been read in an online book club this last week and one of the question that has been asked most is: what is gaslighting? This also raises the question of what Perfect Ten is really about. On the surface it’s about a woman’s quest for revenge on her ex-husband for his infidelity. […]

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 […]

Act Your Age… what would the Rolling Stones do?

Posted Posted in Books, Change, Creativity, Freedom, Hope, Identity, Identity construction, Storytelling, Uncategorized, Writer, Writing

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 […]

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Cover Reveal: Perfect Ten

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It’s here! The cover for Perfect Ten is released this week. I am thrilled because it captures Caroline Atkinson’s anger perfectly. My publishers and the cover designer have done a fantastic job, and the tagline, RAGE BEFORE BEAUTY, gives readers a strong clue of what is to come! Thank you to everyone who has pre-ordered […]