We all do it, whether it’s the simple act of walking down the road, seeing a primrose in early spring, touching the hand of a loved one, having a meal with friends, or listening to music. And we all moan about the weather, the government, the state of the world in general, and few of … More Taking things for granted. Holocaust Remembrance Day 2020.
I never win anything, well hardly ever, and it says something for my determined and optimistic nature that I keep entering things – like book award contests. So it was a huge surprise when a friend e-mailed me this morning to say Touching the Wire had won a GOLD medal in the Readers’ Favorite 2019 … More Now this was a surprise!
After a month or two not sure what I was going to write after publishing my historical novel, Kindred and Affinity, http://mybook.to/KindredandAffinity or even if I was going to write another book, I find myself with two works in progress. The first is an instructional book about painting watercolour seascapes – having been painting the … More Works in progress – painting seascapes and the ‘white slaves’ of Victorian England .
When the sun comes out my spirits soar. Yesterday, it rained all day. Rained cats and dogs, and dog and I got soaked walking. It wasn’t that I didn’t have enough to occupy me indoors so much as that the dreary light sapped my resolve, and my husband and I sat around moaning about how … More When the sun comes out…
WordPress have changed while I wasn’t looking. it seems to be the way of things – you just find something you like or get on with really well, and hey presto, someone ‘improves’ it to destruction. Facebook have improved themselves to the point where being an author and trying to share books to groups is … More While I was away…
I always thought when I was a young mother that I should grow an extra arm and hand with each child born, so I could keep hold of the little b*ggers while still having two hands to deal with the essentials of life. How useful would it be to have three hands – how many … More Do you need a helping hand?
It’s odd how books make a lasting impression on you. Even their titles do when you haven’t actually read the book. They conjure places you’ve never been, events you haven’t experienced, and characters you’ve never met – though you’ve probably met people like them. I can remember my mother’s bookshelves when I was a child. … More #WorldBookDay
It is seventy-four years since the liberation of Auschwitz by Soviet troops on January 27th 1945. Every year since writing Touching the Wire, I have donated January’s royalties for sales and page reads of the novel to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. Why? When I first had the inspiration to write about the Holocaust, I … More Holocaust Memorial Day – Sunday 27th January 2019
The other day, my husband and I were talking about the aches and pains of getting older. A friend of mine once said, ‘old age is not for wimps‘ and she’s quite right about the challenges it brings, but that isn’t what this blog is about. I told him how happy I’d been to reach … More What women don’t talk about to men!
I read this article on Wales on-line last night. It’s about palm oil washing up on Welsh beaches that is potentially fatal to dogs. As my local beach is about the only haven of peace left in this world, and as one of many local dog walkers, I was alarmed. But it was the banned … More Stop! You are breaking my heart.