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NaNoWriMo comes to Oldham! Join us in November…

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In conjunction with Oldham Libraries I’m bringing NaNoWriMo to Oldham. If you want to write your novel with us during Worldwide National Novel Writing Month in November sign up as follows: – If you’re not already a member, sign up here https://nanowrimo.org – Make your ‘Home region’ Europe: England: Elsewhere – Find the forum thread ‘Welcome to Oldham’ and introduce […]

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Visiting Forever Manchester

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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 […]

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Perfect Ten is Published!

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]