Skip to content

News

The Many Hats of the Modern Novelist

The Many Hats of the Modern Novelist

Writing a novel is difficult and demanding, and many fall by the wayside. It’s tough but it’s a process with a clearcut and straightforward goal, right? An obvious beginning and end. You have an idea. You labour to transfer it onto the page and fashion…
Countdown to publication - one month to go

Countdown to publication - one month to go

Only a month to wait now before Trish is launched into the world. I can hardly believe it. On 19 March, A Novel Solution will be published, to be followed a few weeks later, in June, by the paperback. It’s taken a while. As you…
Looking forward to what 2024 brings

Looking forward to what 2024 brings

Happy New Year everyone! I’m a looking-forward sort of gal so, I am thinking ahead to what goodies 2024 will bring, while being thankful for the best bits of 2023 – a curate’s egg of a year fo me. Very excitingly, Spring will see the…
Lookee here!

Lookee here!

Excited and delighted to reveal the cover design for my latest comic fiction, A Novel Solution. Scroll down to see it in all its glory. Wannabe author Trish gets nurtured by celebrity author Amanda. But when Amanda goes missing, is Trish woman enough for the…
Making the headlines

Making the headlines

Yours truly features in The Bookseller, the publishing industry’s bible, this week.
Fiction fun in Oxford

Fiction fun in Oxford

It’s free, it’s fun and it’s (mostly) fiction. The Oxford Indie Book Fair (OxIB) is about to welcome one and all to another day of buying, selling and talking books. This year’s fair promises to be bigger and better than ever before and takes place…
Happy publication day to Order and Chaos

Happy publication day to Order and Chaos

Pleased and proud to announce that Order and Chaos, the second in the Breakthrough Books’ series of short story collections by various writers, is out this very day. There’s something for everyone in this eclectic mix. Sixteen stories by sixteen authors, including me. Satirical to…
Not long to wait

Not long to wait

Thrilled to be able to give you a glimpse of Breakthrough Books’ latest anthology of short stories. The theme is Order and Chaos and, my goodness, the result is a collection of stories as exciting and unpredictable as this cover, from a bunch of experienced…
Breakthrough Books to launch at Margate

Breakthrough Books to launch at Margate

I’m pleased and proud to announce the launch of the author-led publishing venture, Breakthrough Books, will take place at the Margate Bookie Festival in October. The event will be marked by the publication of two inaugural short story anthologies, Taking Liberties and Order and Chaos.…
Reviews of Taking Liberties

Reviews of Taking Liberties

Here’s a selection of reviews of the short story anthology Taking Liberties, which includes my little tale, ‘On The Brushes’. It’s great to see what readers, writers and book bloggers make of these stories by twelve established authors. Longer versions of what they have to…
Spring cleaning

Spring cleaning

The roses are in full bloom. The sun is shining. And young and older person’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of … spring cleaning. Not the house! Of course not! Rather than going to the bother of dusting the cobwebs from the vacuum cleaner and…
Why Review?

Why Review?

Why review the books you read? I can think of five gold star reasons. Reviews matter. They really do. Studies have shown that 95% of consumers read reviews before deciding on a purchase. I’m willing to bet that figure is even higher for books. Think…
Doing it for ourselves

Doing it for ourselves

For a writer, there’s little to beat the thrill of holding a book you’ve written. And today, I had that thrill as I unboxed paperback copies of Taking Liberties. This has been a remarkable experience for several reasons. Firstly, it happened unbelievably quickly; the wheels…
Taking Liberties out today!

Taking Liberties out today!

I’m chuffed to bits to let you know that Taking Liberties, the anthology of short stories by twelve writers, of which I am proud to be one, is released today and is available to order from Amazon and Kobo as an ebook. For those who…
Of Madness and Miniskirts

Of Madness and Miniskirts

Farewell, Mary Quant, spirit of the 1960s. I owe you a lot. You brightened up my life as a young teenager and twenty-something with your short skirts, hot pants and sharp haircuts. You were there for me when I left home, started my first job,…
Taking Liberties Now Available to Pre-Order

Taking Liberties Now Available to Pre-Order

Your patience is rewarded! Taking Liberties, the exciting new anthology of short stories, is available for preorder NOW, and will be released into the wild on 17th April. Each of the twelve stories in the book takes freedom as its theme. Among them, you’ll find…
Shrouded in Mystery

Shrouded in Mystery

What have I been up to, dear readers? You’ll find out soon. In the meantime, I’m teasing you with this cover non-reveal. But stay tuned and everything – including the zippy cover in its full crimson glory – will become clear.
Quick Update

Quick Update

All good things have to come to an end. Much as I find editing satisfying, it was time to call a halt, bite the bullet and send A Novel Solution onto my lovely publisher, SRL, for their verdict. That happened yesterday. My nails are now…
Editing, I Love It!

Editing, I Love It!

I just luurve editing, though I know some writers hate it. I can see their point. You’ve written a book. Typed ‘the end’ at … well, the end. You sigh with relief. It’s over. It’s done. Another one under your belt. But it’s not. Not…
When satire becomes reality

When satire becomes reality

Singer Sam Smith strutting his stuff in a Harri-designed black latex outfit on the BRITs red carpet has been grabbing plenty of headlines. No-one had heard of anything like it before. Apparently. I hate to break it to Sam but he isn’t the first to…
New Year, new hip, new book

New Year, new hip, new book

I have exciting news. Fanfare please! it gives me great pleasure to announce that A NOVEL SOLUTION, the story of a life-long people pleaser who finally has had enough, has been signed to SRL Publishing, an amazing publisher. As well as being award-winning, SRL is…
The Things I Do For Art!

The Things I Do For Art!

Did you know … ? …. that gin is actually flavoured vodka? That archaeobotanists use straw from the thatched roofs of old buildings to research ancient heritage grains? That indeed, there is such a job as an archaeobotanist? These and other gems I discovered on…
Friends of Sonning Common Library are well named

Friends of Sonning Common Library are well named

Thank you Alison of Sonning Common Library, Alex of Fourbears Bookshop in Caversham and all those who turned out to the very cheery Sonning Common Library on a dark, damp night. They listened attentively as I burbled on about Note to Boy and my time…
Sonning Common here I come!

Sonning Common here I come!

Very excited to be talking to the Friends of Sonning Common Library about my comic novel Note to Boy and my mis-spent youth as a BBC comedy scriptwriter. Tuesday 27th September at 7pm. Contact the library for details. Hope to see you there.
Two new names to remember - reviews

Two new names to remember - reviews

Do you review the books you read? I don’t mean the blockbusters whose names crop up with predictable regularity. They are managing quite well without our help, thank you very much. I mean, if you discover a new name among the bookshelves, take a chance…
Page-turner vs. literary - does it have to be a choice?

Page-turner vs. literary - does it have to be a choice?

Having read a couple of so-called literary novels recently, I’m now very much enjoying a more mainstream title. Of course there are different books for different moods and tastes but I’m increasingly exasperated by novels that encourage you to stop and admire their cleverness at…
Reasons To Be Cheerful - a review

Reasons To Be Cheerful - a review

This review of Nina Stibbe’s comic fiction, Reasons To Be Cheerful, appeared in the excellent Writers Review blog. Writers Review is a weekly blog hosted by authors Adele Geras, Celia Rees and Linda Newbery. It gives reading recommendations by published writers and independent booksellers. In…
Enjoying the stars and bars of Cheshire

Enjoying the stars and bars of Cheshire

Who’d have thought, when Note to Boy hit the bookshops almost two years ago that I would still be fulfilling some of the gin pledges kindly made when I was crowdfunding the book? Covid and geography have delayed the process but at last we are…
Who wants a sneak peek?

Who wants a sneak peek?

Are there any more satisfying words for a novelist to write than ‘The End’? Er, actually, yes. Finishing a book, for me, is an anxious, unsettling time. Why? For two reasons. One, because the end is never really the end. I’ve yet to meet or…
Talking books at Carterton Library

Talking books at Carterton Library

Huge thanks to Andrew and Helen and all the lovely people of Carterton who made me so welcome at the library on Tuesday for my author talk. It felt as if I made some new friends. A few snapshots of the evening. Thank you Carterton!