How Alex Fraser got his name…

Naming a character can be tricky; like naming a baby, I’ve found, only MUCH harder! After all, I only had to find names for two children, whereas characters…eek! And there are only so many times you can slip in the names of people you know before they start noticing. I’ve put my daughters’ names in […]

Bookends and Cold Turkey

So this week is half term week, and I’m supposed to be stepping away from the computer, remembering I have a family and spending some time with The Husband and The Sprogs. As you can see, that’s going well! I’m generally not very good at Cold Turkey, whether that’s biscuits, booze or books… In all […]

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 […]

Letting it go…out into the world.

Friday saw the official reveal of the cover for my debut novel, ‘The Second Chance Tea Shop’ on the lovely Sophie’s blog at 23 Review Street. Thanks once again to Sophie for hosting it :).  My fab publisher, Aria, have done an amazing job at creating a beautiful design, as you can see: There are […]

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 […]