Welcome to my happy place…

Ever since I can remember, writing and reading have been my happy places. They are where I go when, if you’ll excuse the vernacular, Shit Gets Too Real in real life. Now, before everyone gets out their tiny violins, can I just make clear that, actually, for most of the time, my life is exactly […]

Fannish Obsessions and Feelgood Fiction

I’ve written about fandom a lot, and I’m sure I write at least one blog post a year where I explain just how much an impact falling in love with books, films, TV shows and plays has had on my writing life, but since it’s happened again after I saw The Force Awakens and The Last […]

Musical Musings

Since I started writing the Little Somerby books, I’ve not really managed to write to music, although music is definitely an influence. I have it on when I drive, and since that’s when I often do my plotting (while keeping my eyes firmly on the road, of course!), often, songs come onto the radio or […]

A whole word in my head…

~In a novel you have to resist the urge to tell everything.~ ~Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real? ~ J.K. Rowling  Before I started writing the Little Somerby series of books, I never used to understand what JK Rowling meant […]

Heartaches and Heart breaks

Hearts break easily, don’t they? Especially when you’re a teenager. While writing my first novel, I made several references to being a teenager, and the exquisite pain-pleasure of being a teenager in love. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t writing from experience! Teen love is an intoxicating thing. I fell in love twice […]

Quick and dirty blog post: Sherlock Holmes, A Game of Shadows

For reasons too weird to get into here, I was reminded of my 2012 fixation with the Robert Downey Jr/Jude Law/Guy Ritchie Holmes fest that was Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows last night. Anyone who knows me knows that I adore Sherlock Holmes in any incarnation, and the Guy Ritchie reimagining was no exception. So, I […]