I decided to start this blog to journal my experience of having my first novel published. I hope to encourage other debut writers and receive advice from those who know the process. Reaching this point has been both exciting and hard work. I’ve discovered there is no blue print though I’ve masses of books and have attended many courses in an effort to find one.

In addition to developing the stamina to write, research and keep going, I’ve made friends with a variety of people I wouldn’t otherwise have met. That may well be the best bit.

Book Clubs

A Time for Peace, unread, was on a Leamington library shelf, so the next hurdle for me was to find it potential readers. The Readers’ Development Officer helpfully contacted Book Club leaders in Warwickshire to which two, in Leamington, responded. The first, led...


One of the hallmarks of an interesting artist, is their ability to learn. The David Hockney exhibition demonstrated that beautifully. When Hockney was ‘blocked’- perhaps bored with his current style- he moved on to another medium. He tried photography, and...

Writing retreat in Iona

‘Iona, an Island,a place to bring ourselves home.’ On Sunday, 2nd April, I tried to control my tears as I left P. on the platform at Leamington station. It didn’t help that I’d missed the earlier train to Wolverhampton which would have ensured...

News from York Literary Festival

Lendal bridge across the Ouse on the morning of 25th March 2017 York and libraries hold a lot of memories for me. I’ve borrowed from and studied in libraries for as long as I can remember. Public, school, college, university and while researching A Time for...

Flashbacks and Backstory and Ghosts!

At a recent meeting of our writers’ group, Novelink (one of whom took part by email), we discussed the use of flashbacks and backstory in our work. We were talking about novels for which we had written the first, creative draft. These are my thoughts on the...

The adventure of writing a novel

Percival Guildhouse, Rugby This time last year, I had just started the first of what became 4 edits of my novel. I was anxious that I would miss errors in the text, but with Jan Fortune’s help, I completed the editing satisfactorily. Further along this writing...


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