RIP Anna Scher MBE

It was with great, great sadness that I heard the news of the death of Anna Scher MBE earlier today.

Anna has meant so much to so many people over the years and there are dozens and dozens of actors, directors and producers who owe their careers to her and the time they spent learning from her at the Anna Scher Theatre.

I have much to thank her for. She always encouraged me to write. She was supportive of the plays I wrote for our weekly classes and the Festival of Plays held at the end of each term. She … Read the rest »


Well, hello! It’s been a while, I know. It’s been more than a year, which is unbelievable. I haven’t been doing anything wonderfully exciting that I can use for an excuse, I’m afraid. Just procrastination. Days spent mindlessly scrolling on social media, feeling envy at all my writer colleagues who are producing successful books but unable to light the touch paper to my own creativity. I’ve become very attached to baby gorillas. I just love them but I realise I’ve spent an unhealthy number of hours gazing at them. However, there IS another book coming sometime in the future.

What … Read the rest »

And So…Onto A Town in Essex!

I have to admit it: I’ve lost my writing mojo. I have been dragging my feet over the research for my work in progress, which is the fourth and final book in the Dagenham Story with the working title of A Town in Essex. Much of this procrastination is down to the huge amount of research needed as it’s set in Dagenham during 1930s and 1940s, so not only am I having to research what happened to the town and its people during that time, but also what was going on nationally and internationally and as we all know, with … Read the rest »

The Woman Who Felt Invisible

Just two more sleeps until fabulous author Lizzie Chantree releases her latest book entitled, The Woman Who Felt Invisible.

What a gorgeous cover! Let’s take a look and see what it’s about…

It’s an exciting, romantic story of love and new beginnings. Learning to love herself and be content on her own is the first step. But will Olivia be able to leave her past behind, follow her heart and find lasting happiness? A read full of humour, romance and tear-jerking reality.

Have you ever felt invisible? 

Working as a stationery supervisor and a sitter to a pair of internet … Read the rest »

Turning Your Novel Into A Play

Today I am delighted to share the first of two articles I have written for

It’s all about my experience of turning my book Singles’ Holiday into a stage play.

A huge “Thank you “ to author extraordinaire Jane Cable for affording me the opportunity. I hope you enjoy it.

Part Two comes out on 22nd November.… Read the rest »

Anne Williams’s Review of A Village In The Country

Today I am blowing my own trumpet and ringing my own bell! Anne Williams – – is not only one of our most esteemed bloggers but one of the nicest people in the World of Books. I have always found her to be supportive of authors and her reviews interesting, appreciative and fair. So I was delighted to see she was the first blogger on my blog tour for A Village in the Country, organised by the no less wonderful Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources.

I awaited her review – and almost fell off my seat when I … Read the rest »

Whispering Stories

A huge THANK YOU to Stacey at Whispering Stories for featuring me and A Village in the Country on her blog today. It states A Village in the Country is out 3/8 it’s actually 18/8 and is available to pre-order NOW.

You can read it by clicking on the link

Enjoy!… Read the rest »

Line of Duty – Reflections from a Distance

So, a week on from the famous/infamous Series 6 Episode 7 and the dust has almost settled after the shock/surprise/disappointment that the Fourth Man was non other than Ian Buckells.
My initial reaction was one of disappointment and disbelief. How on earth could the bumbling Buckells be the brains? But I have had time to rewatch that final episode and it actually now all makes sense.
He wasn’t the brains – just the fourth man – a corrupt police officer motivated by greed. And trapped because he couldn’t spell the word definitely.
Watching the interview scene again I was able … Read the rest »

It’s No Secret – Lizzie Has Another Winner

Today I am delighted that the wonderful Lizzie Chantree joins me to celebrate the launch of her latest book Shh! It’s Our Secret. Not just a super author, Lizzie is a fellow Essex Girl so I am doubly proud of her and chuffed she’s with us today.

If you haven’t met Lizzie before, let me tell you she’s an international bestselling author and award-winning inventor, who started her own business at the age of 18 and became one of Fair Play London and The Patent Office’s British Female Inventors of the Year in 2000. She discovered her love of writing … Read the rest »

Booming Off To Ballymegille

I am thrilled that my friend, the best-selling author Caroline James joined me for Episode 3 of my podcast The World’s Your Oyster.

Her latest book Boomerville in Ballymegille is set in Southern Ireland near beautiful Kinsale and in this episode she tells us all about the place and its amazing food festival and restaurants.

You can watch it here:

Enjoy!!… Read the rest »