What I learned on my summer vacation: Author life meets real life

Posted Jul 26 2019 in , , , , , ,

When I was at school, the first writing assignment after the long summer holiday was usually about what I learned on vacation.  While I never enjoyed that exercise—the dullness of distilling those magical eight weeks on a sole sheet of lined paper to a prescribed structure—I thought of it again recently thanks to the two […]

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An award nomination & visiting London with Catherine’s Cultural Wednesdays

Posted May 5 2017 in , , ,

As some of you know, my first book, The Cottage at Firefly Lake, has been shortlisted for The Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA) Joan Hessayon Award for 2017. All the nominees (see the full list here and discover their wonderful books) will gather for the award presentation at the RNA Summer party in London, England on […]

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Making memories at the RNA conference 2014

Posted Jul 18 2014 in , , ,

Last weekend, I attended the conference of the Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA) held on the beautiful, rural campus of Harper Adams University near Telford, England.  Learning about craft From sessions on taking control of plot and using setting more effectively, to tips on writing linked books and romantic comedy, I came away inspired, motivated and […]

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