Tag Archives: The Paradise Trees

Chosen Child – cover reveal

One of the best things about self-publishing is, you get to choose your own cover image. Not that I’m unhappy about my publisher’s choice for my first two books; in fact, until recently, the cover of The Paradise Trees was … Continue reading

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New book! The title is…

The first adult novel I started was The Cold Cold Sea, way back when my children were small. I wrote and wrote but then at some point I got stuck… and that was when I started The Paradise Trees. I … Continue reading

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2015 – The best of times and the worst of times… (a mimimalist’s version)

This time tomorrow, 2015 will be a thing of the past and we’ll all be watching the New Year’s Concert from Vienna. It’s been a year of ups and downs… Best moment: Holding The Attic Room for the first time. … Continue reading

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Toilet roll holders, and other tricky moving-house decisions…

If I had ten franks for every moving-house decision I’ve made in the past two and a bit years I could retire tomorrow, and go and live on a lovely tropical island and write books and watch the sun go … Continue reading

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Switzerland… The Rhine Falls

It’s a murky autumn day here in N.E. Switzerland – the leaves are falling and we can see Lake Constance from the flat again. Ours is the second largest lake in the country, vaguely fish-shaped, with Germany along the northern … Continue reading

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Graffiti – and book cover news!

While our north-side windows here overlook lovely woodland and the lake, the view to the south is plain street. A couple of trees, a car lot – and, diagonally across from us, a building site where they’re constructing a new … Continue reading

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I don’t believe it!!!

It was a real Victor Meldrew moment. The first of two, actually. There I was in Switzerland a couple of months ago, rooted to the spot in our nearest big-town washing machine retailer, eyes popping and mouth hanging open… But … Continue reading

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