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 […]

Feeling the (Dance) Magic…

This weekend I took Daughter #1 to the Curzon Cinema in Clevedon (Europe’s oldest functioning cinema, don’t you know?) to experience a special screening of the 1986 Jim Henson classic, Labyrinth. Much like, as the Bristol Evening Post recently rather sneeringly put it, quite a few viewers ‘of a certain age’, Labyrinth  was memorable for me, and […]

I Can’t Dance…

I’m always discovering new things about the process behind my writing, and as I’m as fascinated by the ‘nuts and bolts’ of the craft as I am the actual stories, I thought I’d write a little blog post. I can’t dance. As a little girl, I had notions of being a ballerina, but my general […]

Throwback Texts: Stigmata (1999)

I was reminded of Stigmata this week, when my subconscious gave me a rather nice dream about the wonderfully  charismatic Gabriel Byrne. I’ve always loved watching him onscreen, and for a long time, Stigmata was on my radar. The tale of a scientific priest, a lost gospel and a party girl who starts to exhibit the signs […]

Throwback Texts: Sex, Lies and Videotape (and my vidding response to it).

A song came on in the car today that really got me into the mood for writing about the protagonists in my second novel, Sweeter than Cider, Jonathan and Caroline. It was Bryan Ferry’s ‘Slave to Love’. This is a song I’ve long loved, and a few years ago I made a fanvid for the film Sex, Lies […]

A little textual analysis: Return to Me, Grace and Bob’s reunion.

It’s been one of those weekends where I need a little romance in my life! A week of poorly children, a cough and cold myself and a husband who, let’s be honest, still needs a little bit of training into how to effectively stop children from trashing the house on his shift have made me […]