INDIAN IMMERSION DOWN IN DEVON

I just broke through the fifty thousand word barrier on my new book Kurinji Flowers. Being here in Devon in the pouring rain is a great incentive to getting the words down. And even in the Devonian deluge, a good tramp down the country lanes always helps get the...

POISONS AND ISLAND HOLIDAYS

Gosh it’s hard to write when the sun’s shining like this. Easier and nicer to curl up in the garden with a book. I have however hammered out my 1000 words for today and yesterday – I’d lost momentum lately due to other commitments. And it will...

BOATPLANES, CONFESSIONS AND AGH! MY ACHING SHOULDERS

Poor old Ginny’s having a bit of a rough time. Soon after the dis-arse-terous dinner party, she hears some news requiring her to make a speedy return to Blighty. That led to me searching for the quickest route to get her home again. I managed to find a copy of...

POISONOUS FLOWERS, INDIAN GODS AND A BIT OF HISTORY

I was writing today about the Angels’ Trumpet flowers that I saw everywhere around Munnar and Periyar. Ginny my character was painting them and I thought I’d better check I’d got the name right. Turns out they’re highly toxic… so you...

ELEPHANTS AND CONTRACEPTIVES

I’ve just written about something that actually happened to me. About 5 years ago I went to India for the first time and was driven at night from the airport at Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu to my destination, a yoga retreat near Coonoor. The journey was a bit of a...

WHAT I’M READING NOW

I often feel guilty when I’m reading. It feels like skiving off. Instead of being curled up with a book I should be DOING something – writing, making, working, clearing, cleaning, exercising. In contrast soaking up someone else’s words feels like a...

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