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 …

Standing On My Tiptoes

Today is another day on the emotional roller-coaster known as 'trying to succeed as a writer,' because this arrived: In truth, I had a little cry, thought of my long passed father and looked up to the heavens to say, 'I did it dad.' I didn't sell a million copies, win a book deal or …

Things Every Woman in Her Forties Should Swear At

I am braced for a mixed set of reactions to The New Mrs D to be fair. She's a little unique. In her forties, attracting chaos, being a bit rude from time to time; tackling stuff we never talk about. Full of acerbic wit. What do you mean, she sounds like me? There are countless articles …

The ‘Let’s Have a Break From The World Cup and Talk About Death’ Blog

First - NEWS! The New Mrs D is now available to PRE-ORDER on Amazon! Hooray!(Follow the link) Here it is again in case you missed it - LINK And second... I have a confession. I’m drawn to graveyards. Which is just as well because there are no less than two in the lane where I live …

Eccentric, Writerly Type Terrifies Village

It’s official, I’m eccentric. And not just in your classic, bats-in-the-belfry grandma kind of way but hobo eccentric. The dusty, unkempt 'who let her out of her cage?' type that walks round the village in shoes a size too large and crumpled clothes once a month and about whom nobody knows anything. Okay, so you knew I …

The New Mrs D – A Publication Update from a Terrified Author

I have been asked by many for an update on my road to publication, so today I am making an announcement: The road has been temporarily blocked. And yes, I am now terrified. I do want to do what I promised I would for other new writers and that is share my journey. I've had to be quiet …

The New Mrs D – For Daughter’s of Narcissistic Mothers

My novel 'The New Mrs D', although largely comedic in content, has a serious message. When people read that my main character married a man with a porn addiction, without reading further into the book some have asked, 'why would any sane woman do this?'. The answer is that this kind of thing is more …