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 […]
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 […]
I’ve been in lockdown in Oldham since 26th March 2020. I’ve been working from home and barely going out of the house because I am terrified of getting COVID19. It’s been difficult. I love being at home but there are things I miss. Things that haunt my dreams and my daydreams. Today’s particular sadness was […]
I’ve written an article for The Bookseller about writing and Big Data, and where to start. I’ve been looking at the problem of promoting work as an author for five years now and I’ve come up with an answer – a data strategy. In the changing landscape of the literary world you need to be […]
Week four of lockdown and I’ve learned a lot about myself. Before I go on, I just want to say that I hope you and your loved ones are safe and well, and continue to be. The past three weeks have been a frenzy of initial panic at the food shortage, then a glut of […]
Breathe in for a count of seven and breathe out for a count of eleven. If you can’t manage 7-11, try 3-5 or 5-9. As long as the out breath is longer than the in breath it’s fine..
Audible have given me FIVE FULL SERIES CODES to give away!
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 […]
Readers are the most important people in publishing and I want to say a huge thank you by giving you a short story. Many readers have contacted me asking me for more of Ria and Janice from How to Play Dead. I’ve chosen a heart warming Christmas story from Ria and SafeMe – I hope you love it.
Thank you so much to all reviewers. I’ve captured a few of the 100+ reviews in this video. You can buy it here