From encyclopedias to Google: Looking things up in life and writing

Posted Jul 24 2020 in , , , ,

Amongst the many bookshelves in my childhood home, one of them (although not pictured here) held an encyclopedia set. In that pre-Internet world, those twenty-five volumes (hardcover and bound in cream with touches of red, black and gold) were my window on the wider world. One of my earliest reading memories is matching “Z” for […]

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Wishing on a wishing tree

Posted Jul 10 2020 in , , , ,

“There’s a wishing tree in Irish Falls. The bits of paper tied to its gnarled branches hold the hopes and dreams of everyone in town…” That’s from the blurb for my most recent book, The Wishing Tree in Irish Falls, a story about wishes come true, even for those who have given up on wishes. […]

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Voices in my head

Posted Jun 12 2020 in , , , , , ,

In a Twitter exchange earlier this week, my author friend Jane Cable commented on the importance of writer friends, saying: “They don’t think you’re odd to have voices in your head.” Although Jane and I were chatting about finding writing inspiration (which usually for me comes at random and whilst doing something else), her comment […]

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For the love of libraries

Posted May 29 2020 in , , , , ,

As both reader and author, one of the things I’ve missed most during this time of self-isolation is visiting the library. From childhood until now, libraries have been one of my happy places—to learn, get book recommendations, find a sense of community and more. Learning about the world One of my favourite childhood memories is […]

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Walking my way through lockdown

Posted May 15 2020 in , , , ,

Like many of you, and although certain restrictions have eased a bit, I live in an area where we’re still sheltering in place and ‘normal life’ remains in almost complete lockdown. As such, and with gyms, my dance studio and other fitness facilities closed, walking is even more of a lifeline for me than usual. […]

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Reading (& Writing) for Hope, Comfort and Happy Ever After, plus a 0.99 deal on my latest book

Posted May 1 2020 in , , ,

Hello everyone, This week, I’ve written a guest post for Women Writers, Women’s Books (WWWB) about ‘Reading (and Writing) for Hope, Comfort and Happy Ever After.’ Especially at this time of global pandemic, I’m sharing the importance of ‘comfort reading’ and why I think books with happy endings are more essential than ever. Read my guest […]

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Looking to the past to cope with the present

Posted Apr 17 2020 in , , , ,

 As life continues to be unsettled, I’ve thought about my late mother even more than usual recently and, in particular, how she coped during rough times. Both practical and pragmatic, when life was difficult Mom turned to baking or knitting. If she could give the results of those activities to comfort or help someone who might […]

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Life and writing in lockdown

Posted Apr 3 2020 in , , , , , ,

When this is all over… I hear that phrase often these days as everyone, me included, wants life in 2020 to go back to ‘normal’ as soon as possible, whatever that ‘new normal’ will be. For the moment, though, life (and for me, writing), have to go on in lockdown. As such, I’m finding new ways […]

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Celebrating women who have gone before

Posted Mar 6 2020 in , , , , ,

To mark women’s history month (celebrated in March in the United States, UK and Australia), I’m this month’s featured author on my friend Mel Greenberg’s ‘Notes from the Nest’ blog. I’ve written a personal piece about what ‘women who have gone before’ mean in my own life, and how their example has helped me become […]

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Falling down, getting up and moving forward

Posted Feb 21 2020 in , , , , ,

Several weeks ago, while walking in my small town I slipped and fell on a patch of ice that lurked under a blanket of fresh snow. Since three generations of women in my mother’s family broke their hips, one when she was not much older me, that ‘legacy’ flashed across my mind as my feet […]

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