IT’S BEEN A WHILE…

I can’t believe my last blog entry was in July! – well, I’ve emerged at last from my voluntary purdah. I’ve been putting the time to good use though – running off to the Isles of Scilly to paint and recharge my batteries, embarking on a...

DOWN IN DEVON AND SCRIBBLING AWAY

I’m back here in Sheepwash Devon at the wonderful writers’ retreat run by Deborah Dooley. This is my third visit here and I was very chuffed to find that Anne Tattersall whom I met here last year is back again too – along with two other lovely people...

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...

STEALING WITH GLEE

I’ve been indulging in a spot of daylight robbery today. I used to work for an innovation company that had a favourite mantra “Steal with glee” – the idea being that you should look for inspiration anywhere and everywhere and beg, borrow and...

PROGRESS AND A BIT ABOUT RESEARCH

I’ve got a new system. I go to bed thinking about what I want to write next then, just as I’m about to fall asleep, something pops into my head. I keep a notebook by the bed and just scribble down some quick reminders, before the arms of Morpheus grab me....

GETTING STUCK IN TO THE NEXT BOOK

I woke at 6 this morning with the opening of the new book in my head. I’ve been meaning to restart writing “morning pages” so half asleep I grabbed a notebook and pen and scribbled away. It’s in the first person – and I think I’ll...

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