Category: About Me

Some thoughts on Orlando

I have struggled with life today. I wasn’t going to write anything about the tragedy in Orlando. I didn’t feel I had anything to add to the many thousands of voices already speaking out. I still don’t think I do.

The year that’s been and the year ahead

(The requisite end of year post). I meant to post this yesterday (31st December 2015) but there was cricket on the telly and then we caught up with a friend for lunch and then we had to prepare for New

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2014 – A relatively shitty writing year that turned out not so bad

It’s that time of the year when we all take stock of the 365 days that have passed, and think about the next 365. This year, my second full year of being a full-time writer, hasn’t gone to plan. But

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My favourite Christmas books

One of my favourite things to do this time of year (apart from having a quiet beer in front of the TV while watching the cricket) is to revisit some of my favourite books. There’s nothing quite like cracking open

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Getting to know you – part 5

The final part of the Getting to Know You Quiz. Start with part one here. 41. FAVOURITE BAND OR MUSIC GROUP Depends on the day. When I discover a new artist/band, I mainline their backlist for months until I can’t

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The World According to Ruby

A long time ago, on a blog far, far away, I wrote about one of our RSPCA Rescue dogs, Daisy, and what she taught me about life and writing. I’ve been meaning to write a post about our other rescue

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Get to know you – part 4

Part 4 of the Getting to know you series. Check out part one, part two and part three if you haven’t already. 31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? Definitely happy endings. 32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? The Hunger Games –

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Get to know you – part 3

Part three in the getting to know you series. If you missed them, check out part one and part two. 21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? Gloriana and Colbie Caillat – get’s me ready for writing YA. 22.

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Things I Say to my Dogs (That make me sound like I’m parenting children)

It occurred to me recently that a lot of what I say to my dogs, would be equally at home with parents of children. These are the things that I say to my dogs that I’d probably also say to

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Get to know you – part 2

Part 2 in the “Getting to know you” series. Part one can be found here. 11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? Only when I think about it, so not usually. My sister used to work


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