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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Good Morning Readers,

There is a percentage of the population who love their traditional Christmas Cakes. Swamped with fruit and nuts and served with cream or ice cream, warmed to perfection with perhaps a touch of whiskey in the sauce.
Our family have gone away from this tradition. We of the different nationalities have made it a rule. No heavy- can’t have an afternoon sleep type Christmas Cake. In the southern hemisphere we have taken to a lighter meal for Christmas. And, one of these i...

Monday, December 11, 2017

Good afternoon readers,

Characters have a terrible habit of not listening. To me, their creator, to their fellow characters, not even to their cat. In Claire Lane, Gracie the obese, grey and white feline, who thinks she is running the household, is the only one who listens. Why? Because, in a way, she is the star of the story. A background, a backstory call it what you will, Gracie knows want is going on between Ralph McGinnis and the little Professor. She sits patiently on the sideboard...

Monday, December 4, 2017

I’m off travelling. Where do we start to research our Novel? What place? What timeframe? Let’s take – The Lute Maker. Set in WW2, I have put my protagonist –Rosamond Heines living in the town of Almelo in Overijssel in 1940. She is 18 years old. 
For those who want to Google, it’s a town of 72,000 inhabitants in Eastern Netherlands and received city rights in 1394. 
We first meet Rosamond in 1983 when her son Paul evacuates his mother from her home on Mount Macedon. It’s the season for...

Monday, November 27, 2017

Good Morning Readers,

Some storytellers use fictional places to locate their characters. Others, like me, use real locations. Is there a right or wrong, or can you use both? The answer, of course, is that there is no ‘best place’ – it all depends on the story you have in mind. Different novels require different settings…
For some, real locations are essential – a novel about a magician who plans to make the Tower of London disappear, tricky to set that in an imaginary English city, and in...

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Good evening readers.

Why I am using your name.

Lately, I’ve been thinking, why do names in my novels matter? Where do they pop up from? Is there some part of my brain where, if there was such a part, comes up with an interesting name to use as a fictional character? 
Nine times out of ten, I hate clichés by the way, I use people I know well, or a colleague who pleads with me to use their special name in my next novel. So, how do I single out these names? There are dedicated websites where...

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Good Morning Readers,
Sometimes, it's exciting to go back and read our favourite novels from well renowned Authors. I have in my library, a series of books written by Nevil Shute. Two were made into movies. You may have seen one or both. 'On the Beach, and A Town Like Alice.'
I have finished 'Round the Bend,' again and find Shute's style of writing a bit old fashioned for today, but well phrased and his plots are timeless. His publishers wrote of him, when he died in 1960, he left two no...

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Good afternoon readers,
Winter was surely over, but then...
The first of our Bearded Iris' have opened and I have no idea of their names. Usually, I am on top of this by photographing and cataloguing all my roses and bulbs. But this has stumped me. 
Over the next two days, it's time to release the next 3 episodes of Claire Lane into book form. And for those you enjoy analytics, my propeller ads, or so my marketing manager tells me, are going great guns. Greenland loves me. 
Image today,...

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Good Morning readers,
We asked for spring and it's here. Muggy days, and lots of sunshine. The roses are doing well and the lawn keeps a growing. Honestly, my neighbours here in the 'hood' mow three times a week. Is 17mm too long? Its not a soccer pitch and in the heat of summer it's going to be a 'dead patch of grass.' I mow once a fortnight, and the chamomile lawn in the front is just delightful. Why cut off their heads?
It's writing and research time for a while and it's going to be a...

Monday, October 2, 2017

Good afternoon readers,
I am filling our a questionnaire about the new book - Melrose, as detailed from my publisher. It's quite comprehensive, but although most of us loath any type of online form, this one is for the benefit of my audience. YOU guys.
It's quiet in the house. Must be the spring sunshine that makes horrors into little angels. Cats I mean.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Good Morning Readers,
Have you every wondered what to do with all those bits of jewellery and keepsakes? This is like an old fashion button box, except I used one of my large glass jars. 
Off to my favourite open garden again to take more notes for my writings.

Thursday, February 19, 2015


Short stories have been around for hundreds and no less thousands of years. Told by innovative story tellers who passed on traditions and fairy tales to the young and old. Verbal and written they were loved by all.

Why do we love our short stories? Because they are pure. From Once upon a time to The End. 

I would have loved to hear the elders verbalizing to a group of students in a market square or the ancient Greeks with their huge influence on the Western Society of today.

We all know Ho...

Monday, February 9, 2015


M: So you’re having an event. Expelling the joys of writing and telling the world how good you are.

My Marketing Manager: No. You are going to weave some magic.

Me: Magic. I’m no magician.

My Marketing Manager: Yes you are. We need to create a set. Dress the room.

The Room for the event is booked. It’s called the supper room. I could not imagine having supper or even the last supper in there. Dour, boring. It brings to mind...

But. If we could recreate it in a theatrical fashion we could, an...

Sunday, January 11, 2015

What to say and how to say it.


You have written the perfect prose. But, there is something missing. A line, a sentence, a phrase. Something which will give your written the push it needs.

You rack your brain. Walk up and down your office. Put the kettle on or brew a cup of coffee. Take to the pantry and raid the chocolate stash.

Nothing is making sense. You know what you want to say. Nothings coming.

Writers have these moments. I have these moments. What is the solution.

Wouldn’t it be great...

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