Christmas presenting new challenges.

AN EXTRACT FROM BREATHLESS. "Now about Christmas..." Clare gulped with surprise. Christmas had been a taboo topic all their married life, with every detail left to her, from the decorations to the food and also buying and wrapping all the presents, including her own. "Christmas?" she asked, wondering why he should so suddenly be thinking so … Continue reading Christmas presenting new challenges.

Book sanctuary

Sanctuary for books.Sometimes I look around and wonder where on earth all the books in our house came from. I know we live in a big house but even so the number of dusty tomes has reached an alarming level, one that has to be rebalanced before the weight of the books becomes dangerous.My husband … Continue reading Book sanctuary

Title matters.

What made you choose your book title? Did you have any regrets? I called my first book Feast of the Antlion. I thought it was different enough to make people look twice. Which has to be good, doesn’t it? Well I am now not so sure that it was such a clever plan. I have … Continue reading Title matters.

Making it matter.

“What was the trigger for your book?”This simple question has made a huge difference to my approach to writing as it made me think about what was important and how perhaps I could make my stories matter. More important, it prompted me to ask, could I write something that might make a difference to someone’s … Continue reading Making it matter.

Cystic Fibrosis

One of the most frequently asked questions I get when I say I have written a book concerning the effects of Cystic Fibrosis on a family is “Does someone in your family have this condition?” The answer is would have that to the best of my knowledge no one in my immediate family has ever … Continue reading Cystic Fibrosis

It hurts.

Sometimes I have an idea for a blog which gets put off because it is too painful to write. My latest book, Breathless, is a novel about a family coping with the strains of everyday life, including dealing with Cystic Fibrosis. I have angled the book more at how the family are coping or in … Continue reading It hurts.