A beautiful new cover for Kurinji Flowers

I recently held a workshop for five other authors so we could all share marketing ideas and critique each other's websites, cover designs and social media presence. It was a fun day and we all came away with loads of useful ideas as well as some new...

Vignettes – a beautiful anthology

I was honoured to be invited to participate in a collection of vignettes, The Vine Leaves Literary Journal by Vine Leaves Press. The anthology arrived this week and what a beauty it is too. It would make a fabulous gift – there’s still time for Christmas!...

Short Breaks – Big Inspiration

Apart from planned trips to India and Australia to research two of my books, these days I usually plan my holidays around painting – choosing locations I’ve never visited before and where I think there might be interesting landscapes. There have however...

Interview with Laura Morelli

Today I'm delighted to welcome the art historian and novelist Laura Morelli who is about to publish her latest novel, The Painter's Apprentice. I met Laura at the 2016 Historical Novel Society Oxford conference, where she was one of the winners in the...

Interview with Wendy Clarke

Today I'm delighted to welcome the lovely Wendy Clarke to my blog. Wendy is a fellow Sussex resident and member of the Romantic Novelists's Association so I've met her several times.  She is a hugely successful writer of short stories – Wendy's works regularly appears...

Interview with Roz Morris

I first encountered Roz Morris in around 2008/09 when I followed her on Twitter. It was only in 2014, after I published my first novel, that I got to meet her in real life at a function for The Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) of which we are both...

Interview with John Jackson

Today I'm delighted to welcome newly published author, John Jackson. John is a stalwart of the Romantic Novelists' Association (a graduate of their New Writers Scheme) and the Historical Novel Society – always on hand to stuff a goody-bag and a ubiquitous presence...

Corn Porn and Maple Syrup

Like most authors I live in fear of someone examining my Google search history. I've looked up all manner of things in the name of research and some of them might take a bit of explaining. At the moment I'm writing the sequel to The Chalky Sea. It's set in...

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