The other day, after returning home from a most enjoyable holiday in France, I had a stab of realisation. My novel will be out in a mere 4 weeks!!! Eek!! My restored sense of inner tranquillity and vague thoughts of ‘Everyone’s on holiday now, you can relax for a while’, were instantly shattered. Cake flavour … More Book out in 4 weeks!!!
Sharing my childhood story for the first time It’s hard to believe, for me as much as anyone else, but I’ve just been interviewed by the magazine of a bestselling Sunday paper on my second book THE GIRL IN HIS EYES, and the real life story that inspired it. As those of you who read … More Sunday paper interview! & The Girl In His Eyes cover reveal
Getting close to publication My novel, 19 years in the making if you include all the years I put it aside, is soon to emerge into the world. THE GIRL IN HIS EYES, a dark psychological drama with echoes of Lolita, is two months away from publication. (These echoes may be quite distant, and are … More THE GIRL IN HIS EYES – It’s all happening!
Welcome to the first in my monthly(ish) thoughts on the books I’ve read lately and would recommend – some recently published, others less so. These days I’m reading lots of psychological suspense along with a generous dash of crime, ‘book club’ and literary fiction. Everything is Lies by Helen Callaghan Published February 2018 by Penguin … More This month I’m reading…
To coincide with the launch of her book The Paradise Trees, my guest this week is author Linda Huber. Since reading Linda’s responses to my questions, I confess to having had a burning desire to buy a house (or a rundown cottage or cabin, more realistically) beside a remote and beautiful lake… How did … More Q & A with Linda Huber
As announced in my April post, my novel THE GIRL IN HIS EYES will be published by Bloodhound Books in September 2018 The due date, 18 September, is coincidentally the day after my birthday so I’ll have no excuse not to celebrate! Yesterday I handed in my last structural edits and now the copywriter will get … More From dark days to OMG: How I got my 2nd publishing deal
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Publication date: 14 December 2017 My rating: 5 stars A while ago I posted on my blog a guest post from Clare Harvey about The Night Raid and its historical elements. The novel is inspired by the real-life Dame Laura Knight, a well-known artist at the time of WWII (see the … More #BookReview of THE NIGHT RAID by Clare Harvey
One evening last week, while sensible people headed outside to enjoy the unseasonal British heat, I arrived at a community library to deliver a talk about my debut novel BLIND SIDE. For some reason I’d decided it would be worthwhile to give this talk in conjunction with a PowerPoint presentation, though I’d delivered it au … More Why my next library talk will NOT involve an overhead projector
This will be my second blog post in one day – unheard of for me 🙂 But I wanted to share my news right away here. Yesterday was rather special to say the least. After some hectic hours of pondering translation rights and so forth and a flurry of emails (I am not the best … More So dreams do come true after all! #FridayFeeling
For my sins I have the Friday the 13th (morning) slot of the Seas Of Snow blog tour, which celebrates the paperback release of the debut novel by Kerensa Jennings. So here’s my review of this startling, beautifully written and hard-to-categorise novel. This review was first on my blog on 18 April 2017. In the interests … More #BlogTour #BookReview #SeasOfSnow by @zinca #paperback #launch @unbounders