Interviewing the author

It's day two of my blog tour, and I have a couple of places to visit, so please follow me. Splashes into Books invited me along for an interview. Faced with questions, it can be a little daunting - what to reveal about myself and my books? However, I actually…

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Uplift yourself

There's no such genre as uplift, just as there isn't one called griplit, which is applied to thrillers, it's just marketing jargon used to encourage readers to jump on your book. However, it's at the back of my mind when I write that my books progress to an endpoint that…

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Keeping track of the family #familysagas

I created a family. It began with a name, one that I discovered using census data. The website provides details of the popular surnames of English counties. I picked two - one for each of the families that feature in my book, The Women of Heachley Hall. Dates became crucial…

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Heachley Hall is open for business! #newrelease

Today my magical mystery book goes live on Amazon, which means the doors of Heachley Hall are fully open for you to come in and explore, alongside Miriam, who has to decide whether she can really live in a decaying house for year and a day. I don't possess the…

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The evolution of a book…

... or how it didn't turn out quite how I expected it to. When writing the first draft of The Women of Heachley Hall (codenamed: a year and a day), I had a good idea where I wanted to end up. The writing unfolded naturally to that conclusion and my…

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