Dublin Writers' Conference: 'Serious about series'

Although I’m not speaking at the conference this year. I’ve written a piece called ‘Serious about Series’ for the conference magazine. Delighted and honoured to be contributing virtually!

From the conference organisers…

‘Focused On Helping Authors & Aspiring Authors Our expanded conference takes place at the Academy Plaza Hotel, just off O’Connell […]

Calm down, dear, it's only a novel!

Today I’m delighted to welcome writing friend Carol Cooper to the blog. She’s an author, family doctor, and medical journalist. After a string of health books, she turned to writing fiction. Her novel Hampstead Fever featured in a prestigious front-of-store promo in WH Smith travel bookstores. Carol lives in Hampstead and Cambridge and is working […]

Selected for CrimeFest!

Super exciting news! I’ve been chosen to be a panellist at the prestigious CrimeFest in May! I’ll be on ‘The Indie Alternative’ at 9.30 Sunday 20 May with fellow Alliance of Independent Authors writing friend Debbie Young, and authors Ian Andrew and Karen Millie James, with Zoë Sharp in the chair. Do have a […]

Why do we write?

A plot in a novel gives the reader the main character’s goal; the challenges the character has to overcome to achieve the goal, what’s stopping her/him and the dire consequences if she/he doesn’t succeed.

My own goal is to produce a readable, entertaining and thought provoking book at least once a year. But every now […]

Diamond Tales - sparklers for you!

They say “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend” and “A diamond is forever” but that is just marketing. Diamonds have played a far more significant rôle in human culture, and for a much longer time.

The name “diamond” is derived from ancient Greek αδάμας (adámas), “proper”, “unalterable”, “unbreakable”, “untamed”. Stones are thought to have […]