Musings of a Crime Writer

(and her cat)

I’m afraid I’m a bit hit and miss with blog posts. I don’t tend to write them unless I’m feeling inspired and inspiration is a funny thing. It’s a bit like buses (nothing for hours, then three double-deckers in a row), so I you’ll find me giving you either feast or famine.

What a time to launch a debut novel

This blog first appeared on the Society of Authors news page on 30th March. In April 2014 I began writing my first piece of fiction since school days – at the kitchen table, on my husband’s iPad. Six weeks later I’d hammered out a 130k-word time-portal novel set in Dark Ages Britain, and thought I…More

Exhilaration – and fear

Yesterday, I received the preorder links for Knife Edge from Joffe Books. You’d think that by now, more than eight months after they offered me a contract to publish my books, I’d have become accustomed to the idea. In some ways, I have. Writing is not just a pleasurable hobby these days but a job,…More

Why a cat?

I live in the middle of a menagerie of humans and animals. We have six chickens, five cats, four horses, two dogs, a lizard, a snake and countless tropical fish, not to mention some humans that occasionally behave like animals. I include myself in that. The cat in the photo is Meriadoc Brandybuck (Merry). He…More

Paying it Forward

Since I began writing fiction in 2014, I have received help, encouragement, advice and friendship from so many other writers, all over the world. This writing community is a very special place, and I’ll never be able to pay back all the folks who have given freely of their time and expertise to help this…More


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