Happy Birthday, Dear Spike

This morning I realised that one of my comedy heroes, Spike Milligan, would have been a hundred years old today. There was nothing else for it but to write my own tribute to the man who, from beyond the grave, gave me permission to ‘Never lose the silly side of myself’. This is a direct quote …

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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 …

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 …

Authors: Don’t Be a Bloody Statistic

There are people that are writing in the hope of getting rich, and there are people that are writing for the love of the craft. I would firmly plant myself between these two extremes. I suspect that those writers who are most disappointed are in the first category. I love writing, have reached a point in …

The Rollercoaster – 29,000 Downloads Later

Remember this scene from the 1980’s comedy film, Parenthood? If you follow my progress you will know two significant things have happened to me lately: 1) I left my agent and found my novel, 'The New Mrs D' unpublished with a loss of my sales rankings and 2) I held a three day free promotion …

Laughing inappropriately and Other Guilty Confessions

I spied a Twitter profile today which said, ‘laughs inappropriately. Even at funerals.’ At first I was outraged… and then I remembered I have done this. Before you click away from here, let me attempt to explain myself. You see, I was young, naïve and completely horrified when it happened. My thirteen year old self …