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How to recover from rough times

Sometimes life punches you in the face. You get dumped… you don’t get the job… someone lets you down badly… there is a horrible loss or gut-wrenching disappointment. These are…

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Here’s to my Dad

For Father’s Day, I want to write some nice things about my Dad. The best place to start is sport because Dad is a massive, massive sports fan. A fan…

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When families are… complicated!

I am often writing about families in my books – children, parents, sisters, grampas, aunties… the whole family scene. And because it’s all fictional and written for entertainment, these imaginary…

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Happy Annie Valentine’s Day!

Annie Valentine is back! Thanks to the lovely people at Boldwood, The Personal Shopper has had a makeover. I hope new readers will love Annie and previous readers will remember…

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On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

By Ian Fleming. Published by Penguin. Book review Because I am definitely going to miss Daniel Craig’s James Bond – Spectre was my favourite Bond film – I spent some…

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Photo of Frankfurt city centre

Ich bin ein Frankfurter

I was visiting relatives in Germany this summer and spent one wonderful hot and sunny day wandering round Frankfurt, a city I’ve been visiting since I was young. I’d been…

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The Getting Out of a Rut Blog

This is for everyone who is feeling a bit the same, a bit stuck… a bit bleughhhh… And after the time we’ve had lately, that’s probably quite a lot of…

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Conversation over coffee

The All About *Those* Conversations Blog

I was desperate to have children because I wanted to have babies… you know, those adorable, tiny, scrunched up, helpless little preciouses. I never thought for one moment about gangly…

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Why rejection is good for your artistic soul

I’m writing this for one person in particular, but hopefully it will help all kinds of creative people going through a tough period of rejection. So, the girl I’m writing…

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Because writers need snacks

When I’m writing, I am sitting almost completely still, apart from the flying fingers of course, but writing makes me so hungry. Probably because my brain is working so hard.…

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The Long-Term View

People overestimate what they can do in a year. And underestimate what they can do in ten years. I must be getting older and wiser, but I do find that…

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Editing Swamp

This is a short blog and a kind of bad tempered one. Novel editing: AAAAAAARGH! Yes, editing your work – going back over it once the first draft is done…

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Is 45 the new 15?

Is 45 the new 15? I only ask because I honestly haven’t felt so “in between”since I was a teenager. To start with, there’s all that moody existential questioning: What…

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The long wait for a second baby, for Mumsnet

To support the Mumsnet campaign for better Miscarriage Care, here’s my story: I had a beautiful toddler son and all I wanted was a brother or sister, a longed for…

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World Book Day | My best advice to writers

Today is World Book Day. To mark the occasion I thought I’d repost this blog from my old site. I think there’s plenty here to think about for anyone who…

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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…

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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,…

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Friday Fashion

Some friday fashion posts about to be published! Watch this space!

Articles

When families are… complicated!

I am often writing about families in my books – children, parents, sisters, grampas, aunties… the whole family scene. And because it’s all fictional and written for entertainment, these imaginary…

Read More

Happy Annie Valentine’s Day!

Annie Valentine is back! Thanks to the lovely people at Boldwood, The Personal Shopper has had a makeover. I hope new readers will love Annie and previous readers will remember…

Read More

Friday Fashion

How to recover from rough times

Sometimes life punches you in the face. You get dumped… you don’t get the job… someone lets you down badly… there is a horrible loss or gut-wrenching disappointment. These are…

Read More

Here’s to my Dad

For Father’s Day, I want to write some nice things about my Dad. The best place to start is sport because Dad is a massive, massive sports fan. A fan…

Read More