Hello, and thank you for visiting my site. I hope that you'll return often and always find something of interest about my world and what inspires me to pick up a pen. (This is a figure of speech, unfortunately. My handwriting is terrible!) Here's what I've been up to recently...

My article in ‘Down Your Way’ magazine

Down Your Way July 15

‘Down Your Way’ is a cheerful little magazine, much loved by Yorkshire people still living in our great county and cherished by exiles all over the world. It has included many of my articles over the years and the bottom right hand corner of the cover gives a clue to the subject of the latest one.

Being a Saturday girl in ‘Woolies’, Woolworth’s Briggate store in Leeds in my case, was my first taste of paid work and quite a culture shock. My immediate boss ruled her department with a rod of iron and was far less forgiving of mistakes than any of my teachers. I was also in terror for the first few weeks of my colleagues, who had all left school at fifteen and were far more sophisticated and worldly wise than I was. Being at the bottom of the pecking order was a new experience.

The first draft of the article was almost a stream of consciousness piece, but I had to tone it down to avoid giving offence or even being sued! Suffice it to say, that I could have said a great deal more about the goings on than made it into print.

 

27 June, 2015 There are 2 comments on this story

The Womag blog

This has long been an invaluable resource for all of us interested in writing for the women’s magazine market and I’m delighted to have been invited to make a guest appearance. You can see what I have to say by going to¬†http://womagwriter.blogspot.co.uk/

24 June, 2015 Make the first comment on this story

Unexpected exposure!

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The life of a background artiste (‘extra’) is a very varied one, but we humble folk rarely make the pages of the television magazines. However, here I am! Filming a fight scene of any sort is always a complicated business and many ‘takes’ are done before everyone is satisfied. The only problem is that it becomes increasingly difficult to take it seriously.

 

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I love the caption to this one, although it’s years since anyone said ‘rhubarb’. With microphones so sensitive these days, we have to mime our imagined conversations. Even a bag of crisps has to be sucked rather than crunched!

15 June, 2015 Make the first comment on this story

‘Shadows of the Past’ is on its way!

Back garden June 2016

Having finished my novel – all 120 000 words of it – I’m treating myself to some down time in our back garden today. Writing it has been a labour of love as well as a hard slog.

The cover is still to be decided upon and I’m awaiting final critiques and endorsements from fellow writers who’ve been kind enough to read the manuscript, but then it will be all systems go to publication!

 

12 June, 2015 There are 2 comments on this story

What’s in a name?

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A great deal hangs on names in my new novel, which should be out some time in June. That being the case, I was delighted to find the combination of plant and container above on my last visit to Ripon’s Walled Garden. (The project gives work experience to disadvantaged young people who might otherwise have little worthwhile to do with their time.)

Two of my main characters are called Marguerite and Fleur. If you can think of an alternative name for the former, you’re well on your way to uncovering the mystery at the heart of the story!

25 May, 2015 Make the first comment on this story

The light at the end of the tunnel!

Tunnel from inside

That phrase is quite appropriate, given the setting for the novel I’ve been working on for such a long time. Scroll down through a couple of posts to see the same opening from the other end! Both are crucial to the story.

Copy & line editing are now going on and the cover design being worked on. Before the start of summer, I hope to have the finished product ‘out there’ and will be holding a couple of launch parties to celebrate the fruition of such a long term project. No invitations needed. When the details are finalised, everyone will be welcome!

 

7 May, 2015 There are 3 comments on this story

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