This Cider House Rules: An Interview With Martin Thatcher.

First of all, apologies for the radio silence these past few weeks- I’ve been up to my ears in book 3, working on the manuscript ready to send to my agent, as well as the usual work, life and child related stuff, and one or two other unexpecteds that threw my groove a bit. However, […]

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 […]

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 […]

On the eve of a new year…and a new book.

2017 was a rollercoaster year, in positive and negative ways. If the universe has a balance, then I would say that the scales were tipped mostly in my favour this year, but there were enough moments of darkness to remind me that all pleasure should be enjoyed in the moment and not taken for granted. […]

Left on the shelf(ie)

Life has rather taken over for the past few weeks and I’ve not written much in this blog. However, I couldn’t let this week pass without making reference to the fact that my first novel, The Second Chance Tea Shop, is now on the shelves in Sainsbury’s supermarket stores nationwide. When I got the email from […]

Art Imitating Life…

Anyone who’s read The Second Chance Tea Shop will know that I set the novel in very familiar surroundings. The village of Little Somerby might be fictional, but it’s very much grounded in reality. The Strawberry Line, part of the railway track that was shut in the 1960s by Dr Beeching, runs alongside Little Somerby in […]

John Wick – review and fanfiction.

As usual, I watched a film and thought about it a lot. I liked both John Wick 1 and 2, and not just because Keanu Reeves is extraordinarily good to watch, and still criminally underrated. There was a scene in the first film that got me thinking, and a short piece of fanfiction was the […]