Happy Birthday – time passes

It just happened to be my birthday this weekend, but more relevant to this blog it was also the 6 month birthday of Lawn House Blues. How time flies! Time plays tricks on us, stops and starts, breaks down and builds back up (like my husband’s watch).


It seems like only yesterday that I was fretting over the book launch, but then again it seems a lifetime ago that I was writing, editing and re-editing the book. It was hard work and I’m still delighted to hear every single positive comment that comes in about the story. I still wish more people would read and enjoy it and hope as time passes the interest and readership will continue to grow. I have another novel in mind but will not be rushing it so meanwhile will press on with writing short stories and flash fiction. This will keep my hand in and hold the dreaded writers block at bay.

Have book, will travel


This week I’ve had some lovely, appreciative messages from readers – a couple of them too good to keep to myself. From the sandy beaches of Sri Lanka, relaxing after a yoga class and feeling the gentle breeze from palm trees waving in the background, A.H. is here enjoying Lawn House Blues. She kindly sent me this picture ( shown with her permission) with a comment attached.

“What a place to read this book! Beside the Indian Ocean. Can’t put it down!!!!!!

Shortly after that I received a message from J.B.

‘Just in the Caribbean and I have read your latest novel. Thought it was fabulous.’

Getting messages like this is what this writing business all about. They have also made me realise that Lawn House Blues is a brilliant holiday read, with a nod to historic events, a smattering of suspense, a degree of intrigue, some sadness along the way maybe, but running strongly through the story a lot of love and some great friendships. Look no further for the perfect book to take on holiday this year.



FEBRUARY.  February came along with a virulent virus – as a doctor who is rarely ill I’m allowed to call it that. For two weeks I was stuck at home, isolated from friends, but with the dubious advantage of having more time to spend on social media. So how did that pan out?

*I gave Lawn House Blues a publicity push, hopefully encouraging more readers and also some reviewers

*I found new writing friends with interesting blogs to follow

*I discovered more writing competitions to look into and maybe enter

*I joined a Futurelearn course – click here for link .

This short, succinct course, called ‘How To Make a Poem’ is making me read and write poetry. I’m certainly trying new ideas and writing outside my comfort zone.


*I am now looking forward to March and what ever it might bring in the way of inspiration (and weather).

Write-off, write on

JANUARY. With a case of January-itis, be it post Christmas or belated post-publication blues, January was flat until the last few days of the month. Suddenly towards the end of that long month, the blood-red-wolf-moon stirred some life into me and my husband and I took a last-minute trip to Amsterdam. Our canal side hotel, Hotel Ambassadore, had an amazing library of over 4000 books, signed by writers who had visited. I wished I’d taken a copy of Lawn House Blues for their shelves.


Never mind – I found a new story of my own to write. I hasten to add the hotel in my story was far less charming than the Ambassadore, but I managed to complete it once home and send off to the devilspartypress.com competition– click here for the link.

I tend not to expect to win, or even get long-listed in writing comps; the competition from so many good writers is too great. However the very act of submitting a finished piece was in itself be rewarding and this first submission of the year has led to two more in quick succession. I now write on.



Blood Moon

blood moon

‘Bloody freezing in the garden,’ he huffed.

‘What do you expect at 5 a.m.’

‘It really was blood red.’

‘Your nose or the moon?’ she muttered from beneath the duvet.

‘Beautiful,’ he said.


‘The moon.’

‘Wrong answer. Anyway, you can’t get in.’


‘With hands like ice! You should wear gloves.’

‘In bed?’

‘No, outside.’

‘Have you tried using a camera wearing gloves?’

‘Guess not. Jesus, your feet are like blocks.’

‘I’ll keep to my side.’

‘You’d better.’

‘I need warming up.’

‘I’ll just get some tea and a hot water bottle then.’

‘Beautiful,’ he sighed from beneath the duvet.

New Year fun and games

Happy New Year!

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I woke up half-dreaming and half-thinking about Lawn House Blues being made in to a film. Dreaming is good but I now can’t stop thinking about who to cast as each character and it’s proving to be a challenging and interesting game. If you have any better ideas please feel free to send them in but here’s my list for starters:-

Della as a young woman – Saoirse Ronan ( so good as a vulnerable young woman)

Della as an older woman – Anne Reid ( bringing the wisdom of age to the part)

Arthur as a young man  – Tom Hiddleston ( handsome and a charmer)

Arthur as an older man   – Patrick Stewart ( control until the very end)

Reg as a young man  – James Buckley ( perfect choice for an unexpected future)

Reg as an older man – Gary Oldman ( can play any part you ask of him)

Max  – Eddie Redmayne  (sensitive, intelligent, ability to grow in strength within a role)

Jenny – Rosamund Pike  (beautiful and capable)

Ed      – Ryan Gosling   (another handsome charmer, who can actually play guitar)

Oliver – Dan Stevens  ( simply born to the role)

Celine – Vicky McClure ( wonderful in all she does)

Tricia – Jamie Winston ( gritty, flexible actress)

Gus  – James Norton  ( can play a strong country boy, and so much more)

Sandra  – Sheridan Smith ( will stand up for herself in any role )

Steve Cain  – Alec Baldwin ( American alpha male)

It could be a rather expensive film! All I need now is Jane Goldman to do the scriptwriting.