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  • For me, reading, like for so many other people, is the best form of escapism – without even leaving your home you can travel to different lands or different times, or even worlds, and become engrossed in the lives of others. In our current situation, this escapism is more important than ever before, and I don’t think I have ever been more grateful for my book collection, especially now libraries have had to be temporarily closed. I find that all the stress and uncertainty around has led me to lean upon old

  • One of the few disspiriting aspects of being a writer is having your work pirated. It doesn’t make a difference whether you’re an independent author, selling just a few hundred copies of your books a year, or a bestseller, with titles regularly in The Times Top 10, pirating is always horrible to deal with. I knew that pirating went on, but it was only when I discovered my own work had been pirated that I took the time to look into the issue. I was amazed to discover the UK government’s

  • Goodness, it’s been a while since I’ve updated! In my defence, I have been very busy! My revamped website is looking fantastic and has had a complete make-over to ensure it’s super swanky with slideshows, fade outs and EVERYTHING. All annoying gremlins have, I hope, been eliminated; many thanks to the readers who dutifully played around on the site for me and helped catch them! You’ve been brilliant. Personally, I love finding out more about my favourite authors, their news, what inspires them especially, and even what they actually enjoy reading

  • As any writer knows, other commitments, be they children, other jobs or any other of the many, many things which take up our time daily, do tend to get in the way of valuable writing time. It's sometimes incredibly hard to carve out the creative periods you need, especially at the exact point you need them. For me, it's often a case of having to grab a little bit of writing time when I can - whilst waiting for one of my children to finish an activity, or as I'm cooking

  • I'm sure pretty much every writer would agree that STARTING writing a new book is the easy bit, it's actually getting that manuscript finished that's tough, particularly when the initial excitement of the new idea wanes a little. It certainly doesn't help that life has a nasty habit of getting in the way of writing. Here are some tips I've picked up, I hope aspiring authors will find them helpful. 1: Make as detailed a plan of your storyline as you possibly can before you actually start 'writing'. The plan can

  • Nowadays social media means it's wonderfully easy to find out all sorts of things about your favourite authors. You can see photos of their cats and dogs, their homes, their children

  • Often one of the biggest hurdles facing aspiring authors isn't lack of inspiration or even talent, it's just finding the time to fit a decent amount of writing in, and let's face it, an unfinished manuscript isn't much use to anyone. For someone who's already a professional author, and is hopefully being paid good money to write, it's their job, they can write 9 til 5, or whatever hours they choose. But it's not so easy for those unpublished, or not-quite-making-enough-to-give-up-their-day-jobs writers. Even the most dedicated writer will have times when

  • Romantic fiction is often given a bad press - it's seen as too pink, too light, and too predictable, but I firmly disagree. Here's why I decided to write romance, and why I'm very proud to be an author of this genre. I'd never read a 'proper' romance until I was introduced to them by my mother-in-law - she's a bit of a Mills and Boon fanatic, and has shelves and shelves full of romance novels. I'd just had my first baby and was looking for something to flick through whilst

  • I'm of the mind that every successful writer needs a decent place to write. Whether that's in their home, a local coffee shop or library

  • When my publisher, Joffe Books, showed me the cover they’d designed for the eBook version of my romance ‘The Green Hills of Home’, I loved it. The young couple, gazing into one another’s eyes against a rural backdrop looked perfect for my book. Little did I know at the time that there was a real romance going on in the photo being used! A couple of months ago I was emailed by an Italian male model. I suspect this will be the only time in my life I will ever be

  • I was offered a contract with my first publishers after I'd self-published by first romance, 'The Green Hills of Home'. I’d been emailing back and forth for a little while with an editor so it shouldn’t have seemed completely unexpected, but it felt it at the time! There are so many stories of authors struggling for years and years to get published that I think there was always part of me imagining it would be the same for me. My book deal moment came as I was busy cooking supper for

  • I was born in London, and grew up and went to university there. I considered myself a city girl through and through. I can’t remember owning a pair of wellies past the age of 5. But then I met my husband, a Welshman who was just starting his Phd at Swansea University, and I upped sticks to Wales to be with him. Though we started out living in a city, our home was practically on the beach, so it felt very different from London life. It wasn’t long before we moved