Seeds of Yesterday

April 19th, 2019

Seeds of Yesterday The sky is blue, not a cloud in sight, So why does this day feel so much like night? A fine arid dust blows across the land, Time has slipped through our fingers like grains of sand. The sun beats down with each unrelenting ray, Starching and bleaching this melancholy day. We



World Book Day, International Women’s Day and NooNoo Pants Face

March 7th, 2019

Today is World Book Day. Tomorrow is International Women’s Day. As an author, both resonate very well with me. I have celebrated World Book Day by reading to my daughter’s class. Aside from being called ‘NooNoo Pants Face,’ I escaped relatively unscathed and particularly enjoyed all the questions that the children fired at me about



The Village of Eyam – an historic story of plague

February 25th, 2019

It was back in November 2015 that I stumbled upon the beautiful village of Eyam and the intriguing true story of the plague quarantine. I will never forget the holidays I spent in Eyam whilst working on this latest novel. It is an incredible place, with some fantastically helpful and knowledgeable historians who work hard



History really IS interesting!

April 25th, 2016

A question struck me whilst on holiday, researching my second novel; why did I choose the genre I write about? There are a couple of good reasons, the first being because I absolutely love thinking about how people used to live and imagining the footsteps that they once took long before I was born or even prior



My thoughts on Christmas time

December 30th, 2015

The Christmas period has always been a significant family celebration in my family. I love it. Cosy hissing and crackling as logs burn and tumble; the spicy warmth of a rich mulled wine and mince pies; the gaudy gleam of Christmas trees, laden with a vibrant and shiny array of decorations and the smell of



A Swiss Adventure

November 28th, 2015

Two weeks ago I was lucky enough to visit a country so beautiful that it took my breath away……and my heart. From the moment I looked out of the window on the plane as we soared above clouds that were veiling the exceptional beauty of the landscape below, I knew that I was going to be



What of Guy Fawkes?

November 5th, 2015

Already we have reached that time of year when British skies are filled with a frenzied shower of vermilion, dazzling white, gold and acid green. Crowds of people will ‘ooooh’ and ‘aaaaahhh’ amidst screeching rockets and the hysterical hiss of Catherine wheels. Processions of flaming torches will light the dark streets. Sausages will sizzle as



Seasonal inspiration

October 25th, 2015

I can never quite decide which, of all the seasons, is my favourite. Now that Autumn is upon us with its vibrancy of colour, crisp, chilly mornings and pale blue skies, I feel compelled to write about it. Everything about Autumn fills me with the anticipation that something new and spectacular is around the corner



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