Menopause? Me? I Don’t Believe it!

Have you ever seen this clip from Father of the Bride? I remember howling with laughter at Steve Martin playing the man-at-the-end-of-his-rope character raging in a supermarket when this film came out around fifteen squillion years ago, without having the slightest inkling of an idea that one day I would turn in to this person. …

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To Every Woman and her Daughters.

I’ve felt so empowered after reading the experiences of sexual harassment from women all over the globe, and the exceptional tweet seen here from @annevclark since the Harvey Weinstein story broke, that I’ve finally decided to recount one of my own. It’s something I’ve never fully been able to explain or tell people about and …

The Day I Tried to Murder a Spider With My Boobs

Mercifully, this post will have no photographs. And now the highest bounce rate of any blog I've ever posted before - perhaps for two reasons. 😉 Firstly, I'd like to assure all the animal loving people, of which I would include myself, that no actual spiders were harmed in the story you are about to …

Feel The Fear… and Write it Anyway

When you want something; really, really want something, where do you begin in getting close to it? My own answer: "Build it, and they will come." I live in a beautiful, rented house in Scotland which was the very thing that drove me to write. Seven years ago our landlord decided she wanted to sell it, my husband …

A Comedy Writer’s Trip to St Kilda

I was found remaking a movie last month, on the top of the highest sea cliffs in the UK. Well, a book and a film if I’m honest. One minute I was Cathy, hand dramatically against forehead, searching for Heathcliffe through the romantic mists and only finding – and narrowly missing toppling off - real cliff-cliffs. “Be …

A Folder Called ‘Bollocks’ – Why Authors Should NEVER Respond to Reviews

Regular readers of my blog may recall I celebrated the much anticipated landing of my first one star review as an author, with a light-hearted blog post and a nod to fellow authors to try not to take them too seriously. In the last month I have seen a few knee-jerk reactions to scathing reviews and am almost always …

Chick Lit Books – An Open Letter To Real Book Lovers

Lucy Kelson: George, I think you are the most selfish human being on the planet. George Wade: Well that's just silly. Have you met everybody on the planet? - 'Two Weeks Notice'. This weekend I had my very first book signing event at the Waterstones store in East Kilbride, Scotland. It was a great and pivotal day …

Conquering Writer’s Block (Without Your Head Falling Off)

One of the questions posed on my Goodreads author page, was ‘how do you conquer writer’s block?’ I said I didn’t believe in it. I said, ‘just push through. Keep writing. Write anything, even if it’s drivel.’ I think the best thing you can do is allow yourself to write nonsense and all of a …

To World Book Day, Waterstones and Being Delusional

For what seems like my entire life, the gift I have loved to receive far and above anything else has been a shiny, new, book-smelly, book. And none more so than a hardback – a pleasure I can’t often indulge myself in these days, given the additional cost factor. For a long time, I did think …