About me

Welcome to my blog!at home

I’m a Celtic-at-heart Londoner descended from a long line of Irish folk. This must be why I sometimes sneak off from my latest novel to indulge my other love, writing poems, preferably with a bar of chocolate.

For much of my life I’ve been a wandering soul, but for a while now I’ve shared a house with my husband and our cuddle-loving, sofa-hogging terrier. While on an extended trip to Australia (six months somehow became 12 years) I obtained an MA in Journalism and become a freelance journalist focusing on the environment and social justice. My articles covered topics from forced marriages to accidents in coal mines. My first degree, a BSc in Physics and Astrophysics, wasn’t so useful. But it impresses most people far more 🙂

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He’ll drink anything

Some years ago I gave up journalism and other stuff to write books – and, much more importantly – go on long walks with the dog, who lives to play, chew, lick and romp. He doesn’t angst about goals not met, things not done or too much time spent doing the wrong things in the wrong way. I’m learning a lot from him.  (Though my favourite fantasy is setting off to innumerable distant places for an unspecified period with a backpack and some good books, sans dog…)

2016

This blog will, if all goes well, share my meanderings towards my goal of becoming an author. It will also contain thoughts on books I’ve read and on being an author in today’s world, interspersed with short stories, poetry, guest posts, topics that interest me from psychology to war, bits about my book(s), random reflections on life and the importance of furry friends.

December 2017

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Launch of my paperback at Daunt Books Hampstead, March 2017

At long last, I can proudly say I’m an author! My debut novel Blind Side came out with Unbound in July 2016 and was the first title on their digital list. The process of getting published has been eye-opening to say the least – much of the pleasure and (let’s be honest) pain is covered in various blog posts.

BLIND SIDE: Available from UK bookshops, Amazon

BLINDSIDE PAPERBACK full cover COPY

September 2018

final coverMy second novel came out on 18 September 2018, published by Bloodhound Books. This is still feels like a dream… See THE GIRL IN HIS EYES for more info.

 

 

 

 

April 2019

Yet another book is on the way, quite a change of direction for me. My novel NOT HAVING IT ALL: a brazen comedy about the perils of midlife, will be published on 28 May 2019 by Bombshell Books (an imprint of Bloodhound Books). Alongside the comedy is a contemporary family drama with a sniff of romance.

Note to readers and bloggers

I’d be delighted to hear from you via the Contact form. I only review a small number of books in my blog, which are those that I choose to read, so there’s not point in requesting a review.

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