Life Behind Bars

One of the best parts of writing a novel is the opportunities afforded by the research. It’s great to be able to try new experiences, meet interesting people and visit places that you wouldn’t normally consider, all is the name of writing a book (especially if you are super nosey like me!). In the story … Read More →

More Stratford and a New Blog

Just a short post from me today after what has been a busy week on the book front. I did my first solo live author chat on the wonderful Crime Book Club via Facebook last Thursday. It was great to meet everyone, and there were lots of interesting questions raised. Huge thanks to Louise for … Read More →

Happy Birthday Bollo!


The first time I set eyes on my hairy hound he was ten weeks old, a chubby little chap with deep brown eyes and paws the size of plates that he most definitely needed to grow into.

He slotted easily into our household and soon become the focus of much cuddling by my daughter, spoilt by long walks, fed delicious doggy meals and enjoyed many tasty leftovers and treats.

Jan  march 2010 Bollo 039

During his first year he went through three training classes and several pairs of wellingtons (his favourite teething ‘toy’ as a pup) and soon became the thirty-seven kilo lump you see today.

Even at five, he’s an effervescent soul that bounds everywhere and still takes off for his morning walk like there’s a party at the end of the village and he’s missing it. His favourite welcome is a head-butt as he tries to lather you in doggy kisses. When he does his business, he waits for me to gather my bag and lean down to pick up, only to step forward and shower me in tufts of grass in a feeble attempt at covering it up. But… he still manages to squeeze a smile out of me every day and my life simply wouldn’t be complete without him.

Bollo Beach Cornwall

In recent years, he’s not only been a treasured friend and companion, he’s always transformed into my very own partner-in-crime.

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Write From the Heart

When I first joined the realms of social media, I quickly noticed all the online writing challenges. It seemed almost daily a post would appear in my inbox about word counts, such as NaNoWriMo, the 500 words a day challenge, the A-Z Blog Challenge. In fact, I read so many posts about daily word counts it almost gave me an inferiority complex about my own writing habits.

There are benefits of course. Writing everyday helps us to develop and improve our style, concentrates the mind, makes our projects grow. Challenges can provide focus and discipline. However it’s important to remember that not everyone is able to follow such a routine. Some people belong to a small pocket of authors who can only write when the mood feels in balance. Others, like myself, have a day job, a family and other commitments.

500 words a day doesn’t sound very much, but to write 500 quality words a day is another matter. For me, squeezing in half an hour to sit in front of the screen for the sake of it and churn out a load of drivel simply doesn’t appeal. Even getting those words down and making something of it later, leaves me cold.

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