Friday, 18 October 2013
Sunday, 13 October 2013
MOVING ON! It's been a very busy and eventful year and my blog has been sadly neglected lately! My book 'How to Crack Cryptic Crosswords' has made it into paperback and is selling well in bookshops and on Amazon. My stories and articles continue to appear in loads of magazines every month. My daughter got married in June and the poem I wrote for the occasion went down really well at the reception, making me remember just what a joy writing poetry is, so there will be more of it from now on. A small win in a national competition got me tickets to see Pam Ayres in concert, which I thoroughly enjoyed, so I know there is still a market and an audience out there for good accessible entertaining poems. More competitions - here I come. I joined the Romantic Novelists Association New Writers Scheme this year and received a very encouraging report on my part-written new novel, and I continue to enjoy membership of the SWWJ, whose very handy press card is going to find itself in more regular use as I have more time to get out and about to visit places of interest that I just might want to write about, because... I have taken the HUGE decision to give up the day job and become a full-time self-employed freelance writer! So, from Christmas Eve, no more going off to work in the snow. No more having to ask for days off or doing what someone else tells me to do. I will be heading up the stairs to my own home office to work in the warm this winter, and taking my laptop with me to write in the garden or anywhere I fancy when the sunny weather returns. Hopefully production levels, enjoyment levels - and income levels - will be going up from now on!!
Thursday, 30 August 2012
I have always loved solving cryptic crosswords, and have run several workshops to help others learn how to crack the clues. Now I have written a book on how to do it too! My new ebook HOW TO CRACK CRYPTIC CROSSWORDS, published by How To Books,is now available on Amazon Kindle and will shortly be on Kobo too. It's only £1.53, and tells you all you need to know to be able to recognise the many clue types, deconstruct and ultimately solve them! It's a great hobby, and does wonders for improving your concentration, memory and general brainpower. I have also included a handy list of the cryptics that appear in the daily and Sunday national papers with details of prizes and a star rating to indicate just how hard (or easy!) they all are. Here's the Amazon link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Crack-Cryptic-Crosswords-Short--ebook/dp/B00934K74I/ref=sr_1_10?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1346231016&sr=1-10#_
Monday, 13 August 2012
Now my novel 'Losing Lucy' has been on kindle for a while, sales are inevitably flagging, so here's the chance to download it for free - for 5 days only. If you enjoy my magazine stories, or you followed my trials and tribulations during the writing of this book in my Writers Forum magazine column, now's the opportunity to read the finished story at no cost - except maybe to kindly write me a review! There are some very good review there already - and no, I didn't pay the readers to write them. They are genuine! Thank you. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Losing-Lucy-ebook/dp/B006WP6VUU/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1337466039&sr=1-1#_
Saturday, 14 January 2012
My novel Losing Lucy is finally available (as an ebook only) via Amazon Kindle. This is the one whose progress readers were able to follow month by month in my Writers Forum column 'Book Deal or Bust' as I wrote and edited it and tried to find it a publisher. It's good to see it out there at last, even if I did have to go it alone in the end.
Thursday, 2 June 2011
Here is my newest venture - a little self-published book in celebration of pets. Cats, dogs, goldfish, rabbits, birds, tortoises... I love them all! A collection of short stories (some of them previously published in women's magazines) and poems, including a couple of children's stories/poems - and with my beautiful cat Buster on the front cover. It's a handy A5 handbag size and costs just £3 plus £1 postage. Orders taken now. Just email me!
Friday, 8 April 2011
I have just been told I've won the London region prize in a love and marriage poetry competition run my Marriott Hotels, whose venues host lots of weddings. I get a romantic weekend for 2 in one of their hotels and my poem will appear with other prizewinners and shortlisted poems in a little book to be distributed to guests at their hotels nationwide. Whoopee!