Exercise, Ovaries and the Meaning of Life

The late, great Victoria Wood is one of my all-time comedy heroes. With lines like, 'Take my knickers off and my ovaries will 'ave fell out or something,' I challenge you to watch this genius step aerobics scene without splitting your sides. God, I miss her. I read an article in Reuters this morning, entitled, When Heart …

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Hot Tub Springtime Machine

The first day of Spring has sprung, and again we have the promise of new beginnings, plus a lot of dead leaves to pick up. The hardy little snowdrop has appeared again in my garden, having endured the harshest of winters in the Southern Uplands of Scotland. Which leads nicely into my telling you about …

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 …

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 …

Porn Addiction IS No Laughing Matter

It’s just five days since The New Mrs D was released and I have already had some wonderful feedback from readers, most saying they completely associate with her. One Amazon reviewer sums it up nicely: ‘It is so refreshing to have a main character who isn't perfect, who is always struggling with weight, self-esteem issues and …