Sunday 31 January 2010

South Shields Library

I'll be appearing at South Shields Library on Saturday February 13th from around 1pm until around 4pm. The RNA is running an afternoon session concerned with our 50th anniversary anthology Loves Me Loves Me Not. I have a short story about John Marshal's washer woman among the contributions! There's going to be a panel, and then the attending authors will split off to give their own talks. I'm going to be speaking about my research methods in the time alotted. Other authors include Tyne & Wear local author Benita Brown, Choc-lit author Sue Moorcroft and warm modern family-style writer Judy Astley.
Should be a good day!

Monday 18 January 2010


A note to say that The Leopard Unleashed has arrived at my PC ready for me to re-edit. We've also started thinking about the cover, so it's a bigger speck on the horizon than it was!

Sunday 17 January 2010

Bits and pieces

I've just found the trial covers that didn't make it to the jacket of The Running Vixen - How interesting!

As we get ready for the publication of To Defy A King, Thea and I will be preparing a new look for the website. We're only discussing ideas at the moment, but look out for new colours and easier navigation.

As one door closes, another opens. Sadly, I lost my younger cat Dottie a couple of months ago. She was 13 and had been unwell for a few months. She hated dogs. Our older cat, Jasper doesn't mind them. Some of you may have seen on Twitter that I thought his time had come, but having seemed at death's door, he has rallied, scoffed a plateful of rabbit and is back to wobbly normal at the moment (he's 19). Anyway, with Dottie gone, we are going to have a new puppy for our old dog Taz to bring up and show the ropes. He's a Patterdale Jack Russell cross, therefore a 'patterjack' and he will probably be called Merlin, although we're still discussing names. Photographs to follow as and when.