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The books which helped with Cross My Heart

As Cross My Heart is my first historical novel, set during the Second World War, I had lots of research to do. It was really fascinating find out about the real heroines of the Belgian Resistance and work out how I could use their recollections and adventures to make Nicole’s story as authentic as possible. I loved doing the research and I’d advise any writer to get to the library and find out all about your chosen era. In the real ...

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My grandparents’ war

To understand my fascination with the Second World War, you have to know a little bit about my grandparents. The most intriguing thing is that they fought on opposite sides of the war, as I’m half British and half German. My British grandfather was a farmer, so because of his occupation he was not in active service, but a member of the Home Guard during the war. He was on regular patrols looking out for invaders, making sure everyone’s windows were ...

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Cross My Heart | A story of extraordinary courage, endurance and hope

  For everyone who’s been wanting to know what I’m doing next… here it is, curtain up moment… the heartbreakingly lovely cover of my new book: Cross My Heart. Yes. Gasp! It’s quite a change. No pink, no sparkles, no adventures in fashion-land… this is the story of a 15 year old girl who joins the Belgian Resistance in 1940 during the Nazi occupation. It’s an adventure story. It’s a love story. It’s a story of extraordinary courage, endurance and hope. I am so ...

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A big thanks to the wordsmiths

It’s April, months after I handed my final manuscript for Cross My Heart in. Bless the editor who has just sent an email after she’s taken another final, final look through before the pages go to typesetting to ask if ‘stretch of woodland’ wouldn’t be better than ‘woodland’? Plus several other tiny tweaks… and, by the way, do I like the new font they’ve picked out for the gravestones in the story? This is why I love publishing and publishers. Where else ...

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Why fasting is such a terrible idea

Did you know that the number one book in the UK charts is currently The Fast Diet, which promotes the idea that we should fast for two days every week? If that doesn’t quite grab you, don’t worry. With summer, aka the bikini season, just round the corner, a veritable bonanaza of new diet fads is about to be unleashed to prey on womankind’s insatiable desire for thinness. Which means an awful lot of trees are about to be needlessly sacrificed – ...

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A letter to my future self about how to deal with a teenaged daughter

Being the mother of a teenage girl is a nightmare. I should know – I was that teenaged nightmare. Bad hair, out all hours, drinking, smoking… boys? Been there, snogged, torn the T-shirt. My daughter is not a teenager yet. But in preparation for the difficult years ahead I’ve written this letter to my future self, with advice I’m determined to follow.  In the spirit of Facebook, I’d like to share it with you.   Dear Me, Allow her to go to that party, meet ...

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Meeting readers… love it!

To celebrate Scottish Book Week, I was asked to talk at two very special libraries: Brookwood Library in Bearsden and Montrose Library in Angus. As I live in Glasgow, Bearsden felt almost like home ground. Then Montrose is the small town on the east coast of Scotland where I grew up, so there were many familiar faces in the crowd (including my first English teacher – a bit nerve-wracking!). I thought I’d post a few extracts from the talks I gave, so ...

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JK Rowling at the Lennoxlove Book Festival – wow!

Last night I was lucky enough to have a ticket for the JK Rowling event at the teeny Lennoxlove Book Festival in Haddington, East Lothian. Like everyone else in the audience I was buzzing with excitement way before the 8.30pm kick off and when JK finally stalked on in glittering diamonds, skintight PVC leggings and six, maybe even seven-inch kinky boots – WOW! An audible gasp from the audience. She is so much skinnier, sexier, funnier and kind of raunchier than you ...

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Rocks to die for, or steal?

For the next few weeks, I’m handing the keys of the blog over to my lovely friends from:  ‘The Jewels of Manhattan’. First up, Sapphire Jewel, antiques jewellery expert, writes: I know round about this time of year, the nights get dark and all the jewellery store windows start lighting up for Christmas. Everyone wants brand new sparkly stones in the right kind of box from the right kind of jeweller. But in your jewellery box, I bet you already have some lovely ...

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Sexy and ladylike in a stunning lace dress

A long sleeved below the knee lace evening dress… Where has this dress been all my life? Could anything be more ladylike meets devastatingly sexy? This is new season D & G perfection. My favourite label for dressed up glamour. Best for LBDs and stunning evening shirts. Try one of their lace or chiffon numbers flung over jeans – mamma mia! (And the price tags are not too scary-crazy either).

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