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.

Unclaimed experience- Trauma

Several years ago I had a car accident. Until that point I had enjoyed driving because it gave me the sense of freedom and independence I now get from cycling. Prior to the accident, I drove a white Lambretta scooter which I loved despite falling off in the Pennine...

In Search of Colour

Autumn has been particularly beautiful this year. In our garden it began with the reds on our Virginia Creeper and has now mellowed to golds, yellows and oranges of the acer. Acer in our garden We often visit Batsford Arboretum at Moreton-in-Marsh but we tried the...

While there is still art there is still hope

Bob and Roberta Smith RA, produced a screen print: There is still art there is still hope. I bought it in the form of a card after I had visited this year’s Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy. This year the choice of works was coordinated by Grayson Perry...

Oldham v Leamington

  In trying to write about place, I am reading Trigger Town by Richard Hugo. I can confirm what he writes- that’s it’s easier  to describe places of my past than Leamington where I now live.   Oldham:1970 Saturday afternoon at the Watersheddings...

A man of his time?

  In January 1915 Rear-Admiral Ernest Troubridge was appointed to head the British Naval Mission in Serbia. The Rear-Admiral had so many titles when I initially read about his role in Serbia, I assumed he was well-regarded by both the British and the Serbs. Not...


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