This year seems to have been filled with distractions from writing. Builders fixed part of the roof and sorted out some major "Building" issues. So it became the summer of dodging scaffolding poles. Followed by making new leaded windows for the end wall of the Coach house. Luckily there was not too much blood, but … Continue reading Distractions.
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
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.
“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.
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
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.
With family celebrations out of the way I hope to bring out the next book before the end of the month. The garden will have to look after itself for a bit longer, though it is so confused by the weather, and rather full of thriving weeds. I am allowing the ground elder to flower, … Continue reading Getting geared up for the next book.
I also found these gems flowering in the garden in the first week of the year. Not a bad selection considering the wet weather we have experienced here in the south west of England. I hope they will cope with the expected cold snap that is forcast. The beauty of the mahonia, and sarcococca are … Continue reading More garden delights in January
Blogging challenges lead to some rash decisions, or at least sow the seeds of some rather crazy ideas. For a long time I have marvelled at the people who have managed to walk the coastal footpath round this not so little island. Could I ever find the commitment and enthusiasm to tackle such a task? … Continue reading Getting my boots on
All the best intentions are there, but with Jubilee fever raging around it is very hard to focus for long enough to come up with witty comments, let alone something that will change the world. The dream is that tomorrow there will be time for more writerly pursuits. The grandchildren will be away so I … Continue reading Right Royal Jubilee fever.