Category Archives: The Writing Life

Holiday in Switzerland, anyone?

Imagine having the chance to spend a week in a hotel by a lovely Swiss lake, all expenses paid. That’s what happens to Stacy in my soon-to-be-published novella, A Lake in Switzerland. Just before the story starts, Stacy is wondering … Continue reading

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New beginnings…

It’s always hard when you lose a parent. The world changes, and you know it will never change back. When the second parent is gone, you become the oldest generation in the family, unless a grandparent or other elderly relative … Continue reading

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2017 – the best of times and the worst of times… (a minimalist’s version)

Another year bites the dust, and like most years, 2017 had its ups and downs. Here are a few of mine: Best decision – turning some of my old magazine stories into a charity anthology for a year. All profits made … Continue reading

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New land…

It’s been months since I joined Instagram. Yesterday, after months of trial, getting cross, error, and giving up, I finally worked out how to get pics onto my account. You have to use your mobile phone. For someone hopelessly devoted … Continue reading

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Feel-good fiction for Doctors without Borders… special offer!

It feels like a long time ago since February, when my charity anthology, The Saturday Secret came out, published by Fabrian Books. 2017 profits from this book are going to Doctors without Borders, who do excellent work where it’s needed … Continue reading

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Change of direction…

Think of a road, a straight one, like the ones in films, with one lonely car crossing the desert… Your way is clear for miles ahead. Life isn’t like that – we can turn corners and take the road less … Continue reading

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Black and white…

I can remember – just – when my parents had a black and white television. I remember my father’s old camera, too, with its black and white photos, most of which are unfortunately now lost. At some point, a new … Continue reading

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