A fabulous party

Wow, another week gone – and in just a few days we’ll be in February. How did that happen?! A week ago today I was at an authors and book bloggers event, held in Birmingham. Writing can be a solitary experience, so it was great fun to meet up with fellow authors and chat about…

The dotty guide to writing

I see a lot of talk amongst writers and interviews of authors about whether they are ‘planners’ or ‘pantsers’, ie do they plot the story meticulously and know exactly what they’re writing before they start writing; or do they sit down, fly by the seat of their pants, and just start writing with no clue as…

Review: THE WIDOW, Fiona Barton

THEY SAY: We’ve all seen him: the man – the monster – staring from the front page of every newspaper, accused of a terrible crime. But what about her: the woman who grips his arm on the courtroom stairs – the wife who stands by him? Jean Taylor’s life was blissfully ordinary. Nice house, nice…

Barbara Copperthwaite – Author in the Spotlight

Originally posted on Portobello Book Blog:
I’m delighted to welcome Barbara Copperthwaite as my Author in the Spotlight today. I read Barbara’s book Flowers for the Dead last year and thought it was brilliant. You can read my review here: Flowers for the Dead. The book was published on 2nd September 2015 and you can…

Shattering peace with imagination

Salty creeks meander down to wide mud flats to meet the sea. Wading birds peck busily beside the rusting hulks of ships that were once target practice for fighter jets on this long-abandoned bombing range. Signs warning about unexploded debris sit alongside the delicate beauty of dragonflies and butterflies. This is Friskney marsh, and it…

We can be Heroes

  Like pretty much everyone yesterday, I felt total shock when I woke to the news that David Bowie had died. My first reaction was to say ‘no’ out loud. As if voicing the denial would make it any less a fact. Then I cried. I wasn’t even sure why, if I’m honest. Yes, it…