Laughter is indeed good medicine

Posted Nov 13 2020 in , , , ,

When I was a child, my grandparents had a subscription to Reader’s Digest magazine and, once they finished with each issue, it came to my house to be read and enjoyed again. Back then, a favourite column was “Laughter is the Best Medicine!” and as an adult, it’s one I always turn to whenever I spot […]

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Happiness is…Talking about books

Posted Oct 30 2020 in , , , , ,

Books have been part of my life as far as back as I can remember and almost as soon as I learned to read, I shared and talked about books with others. In childhood At school, book reports were a feature of elementary (primary) school and in sorting through old papers, I recently came across […]

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Flash book sale, a writing tip & a cookie

Posted Oct 24 2020 in , , , ,

In between my regular blog post schedule, I’m writing to you this week to let you know about a flash sale on A Wish in Irish Falls and share a writing tip.   Get A Wish in Irish Falls for only 0.99 cents/pence If you’re in the US or UK, my publisher has put the Kindle edition […]

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Celebrating book release week…A Wish in Irish Falls is out now!

Posted Sep 18 2020 in , , , , , ,

 My latest book, the Kindle edition of A Wish in Irish Falls, came out on September 16th so it’s been a time of celebration. It’s my fifth published book…how did that happen?! Given world events, it’s not the best time to be promoting a book but I hope that if you choose to read A Wish […]

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A medical emergency, a birthday, back to school & preparing for a book launch

Posted Sep 4 2020 in , , , , , ,

“May you live in interesting times” says that old adage (curse?) and while 2020 has certainly been an “interesting” (insert other words of your choice!) year, in my family the past few weeks have been even more “interesting” than usual. A medical emergency If you follow me on social media, you may remember that we […]

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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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