The Postcard

Here is an extract from my forthcoming short novel, a magical ghost story set in Cornwall.   The Postcard *** It’s only when I make to close the desk that I see it; a paper triangle peeking out from the metal arm. It’s tightly wedged, but after some wiggling I manage to pry it loose, only in…

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Romantic comedy for grown-ups? An interview with bestselling author Jan Ellis

Bestselling romantic comedy author Jan Ellis,  writes fun and fabulous eBooks for grown-ups, such as An Unexpected Affair and French Kisses. While I’m quite sure I’ve never met a real ‘grown-up’ before … I’ve enjoyed getting to know Jan and her lovely writing as well as her great sense of humour, and I hope you will too. Meet the…

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My dream writing sanctuary

I have a writing room. It’s a beautiful space, filled with a large dining room table that I distressed myself to a light shabby chic French grey.  My chair is a Queen Anne antique that I picked up for a song, and lining my walls are stacks of my favourite books. But I never write here.…

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What the Panda ate

I have a new respect for copy editors. I really, truly do. I now understand just how annoying it is when you have to undo over 4000 versions of the ‘yob’s comma’ as termed by Lynne Truss, author of Eats, shoots & leaves, because it serves no purpose whatsoever and thus makes you, a yob. I’ve…

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Paradise found in Paternoster

I’ve been dreaming about Paternoster, the coastal village with its wealth of whitewashed fisherman’s cottages and blue shutters on the barren West Coast of South Africa for years. The idea of a remote Cycladic influenced town in the middle of (almost) nowhere sounded idyllic. And this year, I decided come what may, we were going…

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Sometimes a genre chooses you

This may come as rather a surprise to the lovely readers who have so very kindly followed my blog (much love to you all) but until now,  most of the unfinished manuscripts filling my desk draw were all fantasy novels. Sort of in the vein of, but obviously not half as brilliant, as Neil Gaimon or Terry Pratchett. Don’t…

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The last comma standing

Right. So … editing, okay … been at this for a solid week and I’m only at chapter 7. Sigh. Well, nobody said it would be easy, right? What I am enjoying, beyond fixing the grammar gremlins and all the red and green underlined bits and shouting at MS Word because dammit, sometimes a fragment…

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Finished Book!

So … yesterday something rather magical happened, fuelled by Nespresso, the remnants of a hangover from the night before, as well as lack of food: I finished The Book! Working title/s: A Greek Vintage / Under a Cretan Sky / My Invincible Summer / An Invincible Summer … I will be having a vote on…

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