Category Archives: The Writing Life

What (not) to do when you rerelease a book…

As of yesterday, The Paradise Trees is available again on kindle, with the new-cover paperback coming in September. I’m very grateful for all the help I’ve had from the writing and blogging community – you’ve made it so much easier … Continue reading

Posted in My books, The Writing Life | Tagged , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Same book, different cover…

It’s been an odd kind of writing week in N.E. Switzerland. I haven’t done much in the way of actual writing, although novella number four, Christmas in Switzerland, is coming along at a pace which makes me hopeful it can … Continue reading

Posted in books, My books, The Writing Life | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fun with screenshots, and some news

Sometimes you come across a real gem of an image. I usually do an Amazon-check of my books at the weekend (unless they’re on promotion, when I *may* be tempted to check more often… 🙂 ) So last week, I … Continue reading

Posted in books, The Writing Life | Tagged , , , , , | 21 Comments

Ready for a day with a good book?

Now that the weather has turned into something we can enjoy, sitting out on the balcony with a cold drink and a great book, how about stocking up your kindle with a few summer(ish) reads? I joined in a version … Continue reading

Posted in books, The Writing Life | Tagged , , , , | 4 Comments

The Half-Bunny Pub…

It happened years ago, somewhere in England. I was visiting friends, we’d been out for the day, and were driving home again when someone suggested stopping for a drink. A hotel sign in the middle of the countryside presented itself, … Continue reading

Posted in The Writing Life | Tagged , , , | 4 Comments

Places in – pictures? Or words??

When I was seven or eight, our next-door neighbour – an elderly lady – had an ash tree in her garden, right on the border with ours. Her garden was half-wild, and to my great joy there was no fence … Continue reading

Posted in Life in Switzerland, The Writing Life | Tagged , , , , , , | 6 Comments

From first idea to published book: Bea Davenport and The Misper

Bea Davenport was the first writer I met in real life. Our debut novels were published in 2013, and we did several bookshop and library events together, and then repeated the process with our second novels in 2014. Since then, … Continue reading

Posted in books, Guest Posts, The Writing Life | Tagged , , , , | 4 Comments

A Lake in Switzerland – live!

Fancy a holiday in N.E. Switzerland? It’s a lovely area, and I should know – I’ve lived here for nearly thirty years. If anyone had told me when I arrived in this little town on the banks of Lake Constance … Continue reading

Posted in My books, The Writing Life, travel | Tagged , , , , | 9 Comments

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

Posted in books, My books, The Writing Life | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

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

Posted in books, My books, The Writing Life | Tagged , , , , | 4 Comments