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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Belle of the Back Streets - cover reveal


VERY proud to be able to share the cover of my debut novel "Belle of the Back Streets" - it's out in hardback in November this year with Headline. 

It's set in the northeast coal mining village of Ryhope in 1919.

All details at https://www.headline.co.uk/books/detail.page?isbn=9781472256560 

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Secrets and Lies in The People's Friend Fiction Special


I've a short story in The People's Friend Fiction Special No. 160 which is out in the shops now.

It's a very short, one page story called Missing! And it's about, well, a couple who go missing. Their daughters are frantic with worry - but where have the couple gone and why are they being secretive?  You'll have to find out by reading it all but be warned, it's not what it seems.



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Writing something saucy for My Weekly magazine


I've a short story in My Weekly's burlesque special pull-out called For Your Eyes Only.

My story is called The Spice of Life.  It was a real pleasure writing something saucy.

Here is the cover of the Special and it's in the shops now.



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Saturday, July 07, 2018

Corrie Weekly Update - Hospital Weatherfield Ward

I've been writing Coronation Street weekly updates since 1995 and this week's Coronation Street update has just gone live here.


This week in Corrie there was too much doom and gloom. Again. Bring on the new producer, bring on the new owners of the Rovers - and let's make this the best show on telly again.

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London bombings - 13 years on

I originally wrote this blog post on the 4th anniversary of the 2005 London bombings when I worked in London.  It's worth reposting. 


On my way to work this morning, I walked through Russell Square Park just like I’ve done for almost every working day of the seven years I’ve lived in London. But this morning I took a different route through the park to stand by the oak tree planted as a memorial to those who lost their lives in the London bombings, four years ago to the day.

I know how lucky I was that day. I know. I was one of thousands of Piccadilly line commuters who, if we’d left the house a couple of minutes earlier / later / hadn't stopped to buy a paper, could have been on the tube train which exploded between King's Cross and Russell Square tube stations.

When I did eventually reach central London that morning, I then walked to work past Tavistock Square where the bomb on the bus exploded later that morning. I heard it from my office.

The memorial oak tree in Russell Square park flourishes and grows and at 8.30am today there were already flowers laid at its base in memory. I stood in silence and thought about those who died, their families, before picking up my bag and walking on with a lump in my throat.

I have some horrible memories of the morning of July 7, 2005 which I won't write about here. However, my abiding memory comes from the day when the Piccadilly line reopened after many weeks of being closed after the attack. Only a handful of commuters went to work by tube on that first day. I forced myself to be one of them, despite how hard it was.

I was one of only three people in the tube carriage all the way from north London to King's Cross. At King's Cross, my husband got off to go to work. He kissed me on the cheek and asked if I'd be ok. I said I would be. I had to be. The two remaining passengers in the carriage left King's Cross on the tube, we didn't look at each other. I got off at Russell Square station which was newly painted, scrubbed sterile, and took the lift up to the ticket hall. With me in the lift were only half a dozen or so commuters. Two were in tears, another was being comforted by a Transport for London worker and it was obvious from their tearful conversation that the passenger was the parent of a young person who had died in the blast.

We all rode the six storeys together in the lift, some of us holding back sobs, some openly weeping. The lift doors opened, we turned the corner to head through to the ticket hall only to be met by a barrage of television cameras and a large, booming member of the Metropolitan police urging us: “Come on, ladies and gentlemen, big smiles for the cameras! Big smiles, you’re on TV! Come on, ladies and gents, let’s see those smiles!”

None of us smiled. 

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Saturday, June 30, 2018

Corrie Weekly Update - Hair Like a Waterfall of Gravy

I've been writing Coronation Street weekly updates since 1995 and this week's Coronation Street update has just gone live here.


This week in Corrie included a wonderful line from writer David Isaac. Emma to Seb: "You've got lovely hair, it's a like a waterfall of gravy."

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Short Story on the Shortlist - Dorset Fiction Award


I'm over the moon to announce that I've got a short story on the shortlist for the Dorset Fiction Award 2018.

I can't say which one is mine, as they were all judged anonymously, but I really am chuffed!

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Researching a novel - when to start and stop?

Pre-research research
Today I had the synopsis approved for the third novel I'm going to write.

And before I set pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) there'll be two or three weeks of head-down, serious research to do.  Past experience tells me I'll enjoy every minute of this - and it's often hard to know when to stop because once I start, there are so many rabbit holes to fall into full of jewels and gems and things to make me go "Ooh!" (or in my case: "That's fantastic! I could wrap a whole chapter around that one paragraph/sentence/word!").

But before research proper begins in a couple of weeks' time, I'm doing a lot of reading right now. It's what I'm calling my pre-research research. This means that if you call round to see me and I'm sitting in the garden with my feet up on a lounger, iced lemonade by my side and sun-specs on, I'm not lazing around. I'm pre-research researching. Oh yes.

And in this, er, mode, I'm currently immersed in re-reading a book by Sheri Holman called The Dress Lodger. 

It's set in the muck and slums of Sunderland in 1831 and it's a book I've read before. But this time I'm reading it in order to peek into doorways and scamper down alleys. It's too early a book for me to base any of my own research on, as I set my novels after the end of WW1, from 1919 onwards. But it's a great read nonetheless and one I'm enjoying a lot.

I've also ordered a very unusual and out-of-print book to assist in my research of the era and the type of woman I'll be writing about in my third novel. But I won't tell you any more about the book - or the woman - but I'll tell you this much and no more... it's going to be a great few months of researching and writing ahead.

I'm just a bit excited - can you tell?

There's a good article on The Guardian website about researching a novel.

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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Snippet in RNA news #amwriting


I'm given a (very) little mention in the summer newsletter of the Romantic Novelists' Association (RNA).

The RNA is an organisation I joined when I started writing my debut novel Belle of the Back Streets. 

It's a powerful organisation offering support, advice and social opportunities to members. I'm proud to be a part of it.

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Corrie weekly update: Baby battles and Salon wars

I've been writing Coronation Street weekly updates since 1995 and this week's Coronation Street update has just gone live here.


This week in Corrie included a baby battle - and a salon war began.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Three short stories in Annuals for 2019

Christmas... too early to discuss?

Well, I'm excited!  The 2019 annuals have just gone up online to pre-order from The People's Friend and My Weekly and I've stories in both.

In The People's Friend annual 2019 I have a story called Next Door's Cat.

And in My Weekly annual 2019 I have two stories The Queen of Cosy Crime and Garden of Eden.

You can order both annuals here.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Short Story in My Weekly Magazine: Rainbow's End


I've a short story in My Weekly magazine which is in the shops now.

The story is called Rainbow's End and it's written through the colours of the rainbow which every colour - red, orange, yellow - and so on, being given significance in the story.

If you read it, I do hope you enjoy it.



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Monday, June 18, 2018

Forget-me-not blues

A list of nots to do
A stream of words to keep quiet
A lifetime to never discuss
Half circle
Without heart or mind
Half squared that edges away
Until
Boxed in and silent
And biting, biting the words


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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Corrie weekly update: She's not your girl

I've been writing Coronation Street weekly updates since 1995 and this week's Coronation Street update has just gone live here.


This week Corrie choked me with emotion in a way that it hasn't done in years.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

From Blog to Book Deal - interview with Writers' Forum


This month's Writers' Forum magazine features me in a double page spread: "From Blog to Book Deal". I'm really chuffed to be featured in this magazine, interviewed by writer Douglas McPherson.

Of course, From Blog to Book Deal makes my writing life sound an incredibly easy one when it's been anything but.  All I can say is - excuse the cliche - if I can do it, anyone can.

The full interview is a double page spread in this month's Writer's Forum magazine in the shops now.



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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The photograph in the shed


There's a black and white photograph,  curled with age. And there's a woman wearing a straw hat, cheap as chips, kiss me quick. Behind her the sea, the sands, a deckchair. There's no mistaking her face, a young girl, but it's gran. I see who grandad fell for, I see the warmth in her smile as she lifts her head to the man who holds her image in his hands.

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Don't quit the day job? Yes, do!


With thanks to north-east writer Victoria Watson who interviews me on her blog today.

The theme of the blog post is 'Don't Quit the Day Job' and I explain why you should, right now.

You can read my blog post here.

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Saturday, June 09, 2018

Corrie weekly update: Smooth Criminal

I've been writing Coronation Street weekly updates since 1995 and this week's Coronation Street update has just gone live here.


This week there was shameless ITV cross-promotion, again reminding us how much of a product Corrie is to the network.

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Friday, June 08, 2018

The many joys of being a writer #amwriting


Today I pressed the send button and my second novel - The Tuppenny Child - is winging its way to my publisher.

I know there'll be weeks of editing to get stuck into once my editor at Headline reads it. She'll come back to me with suggestions of how to make the book stronger, better.

I may not agree with all of the changes she suggests. But the beauty of having an editor you get along with, I've found, is that this isn't a painful process, there's negotiation on both sides. It's an insightful process and I learned a great deal from the editing process with my debut novel - Belle of the Back Streets.

I'm taking a breather from novel writing now, but just a little one. I've got a long list of short story ideas I'd like to get stuck into writing for women's magazines and I'll start on those next week.

More importantly, I've got the synopsis for novel number three to firm up and submit to my publisher. Then I can then start the whole delicious writing process again.

It'll start with at least two weeks of daily research. This will include visits to museums, records offices, archives and, er, pubs. I will talk to knowledgeable people, ask them questions, buy them lunch. I love the research bit of writing and sometimes it's hard to know when to stop. But stop I must, for writing must begin to bring book three to life.

And now I've pressed send and my second novel is on its way to my publisher, I'm taking the day off.

I'm spending it in a library, meeting another writer for lunch. She's a woman I met on an editing workshop weeks ago and it turned out we had a lot in common and even had a friend we both knew. Now that wouldn't be so unusual but this friend lives over the other side of the country.  After the editing workshop, the other writer got in touch and asked to meet up for coffee. I didn't hesitate to say yes.

There are many joys to being a writer.

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Friday, June 01, 2018

The Rock 'n' Roll Model


I've a short story in Take a Break's Fiction Feast that's out in the shops now with this cover.


The story's called Rock 'n' Roll Model and it's about a glamorous gran. It's a fun story and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

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Monday, May 28, 2018

Celebrating a writing milestone


Today marks a writing milestone. I have finished the first draft, all 100,000 words, of my second novel. It's going to be called The Tuppenny Child.

There's still a lot more work to do with edits and rewrites. But I am now going to give myself a well-deserved pat on the back. I might even crack open a bottle to celebrate in style tonight.

I'm going to miss the characters in this book a lot. I've grown very fond of them over the months while they've lodged in my head. I know them inside out, what they eat for breakfast, the colour of their shoes. 

And as I edit this book, my mind is already turning to thoughts and ideas for book three, which I'm working on now with my publisher at Headline and my agent. 

It's going to be a great summer ahead immersing myself in research before I start writing book three.

And do you know what?

I can't wait.

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Sunday, May 27, 2018

Corrie weekly update: Adventures in Abergele

I've been writing Coronation Street weekly updates since 1995 and this week's Coronation Street update has just gone live here.


This week it's all ramping up to Corrie's big showdown.

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Corrie weekly update: Smashed glass and broken hearts

I've been writing Coronation Street weekly updates since 1995 and this week's Coronation Street update has just gone live here.



This week the aftermath of Aidan's suicide has been heartbreaking to watch

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