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The Invisible Days

The Invisible Days

I read somewhere recently that writing a book is like telling a joke and having to wait two years to find out if it is funny. It’s a painfully accurate analogy that made me laugh and wince with recognition at the same time. Writing, you see, is a curious profession. A single day can bring […]

February 7, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
Card Shops and Inspiration

Card Shops and Inspiration

Like all authors of fiction, I’ve often been asked where I get my ideas and inspiration from. And, like so many others, I reply that I am never short of ideas from the worlds around and within me but there is never enough time for them all to come to fruition. The beauty of writing […]

February 1, 2016 | By | 5 Replies More
Why The Term Misery Memoir Offends Me

Why The Term Misery Memoir Offends Me

I may as well start off bluntly. I simply hate the words ‘misery memoir’. I can recall the first time I heard it. I was speaking to a sales account manager at a well known publishing house in London and she used those words in reference to my book. They were one of three publishers […]

January 30, 2016 | By | Reply More
Miracles DO Happen

Miracles DO Happen

Let me preface this by saying I believe in divine intervention. And for me that is God, for you it may be something else…but without that intervention…The Secret to Hummingbird Cake would have never happened. During the course of this story I don’t want anyone to construe anything I say as ungrateful, arrogant or pretentious. […]

January 25, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More
Writing Retreats – what can they do for us?

Writing Retreats – what can they do for us?

Writers all work in different ways. I started writing when my children were young so I was soon expert at grabbing small pieces of time whenever I could. I was forever scribbling ideas and scraps of dialogue or thoughts in a notebook – whether I was in a doctor’s surgery waiting room with the children […]

January 11, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
A Room of One’s Own – it’s the Place in One’s Head

A Room of One’s Own – it’s the Place in One’s Head

You’re a woman and you write, so no doubt you have a dedicated writing space and a private income? No, me neither. It’s quite a while since Virginia Woolf stated that “a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction”. When Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own […]

January 8, 2016 | By | 4 Replies More
Writing About Life With Epilepsy

Writing About Life With Epilepsy

Like many of us, I have long thought I had a story worth sharing. As a physician with epilepsy, I felt that my own illness gave me a unique perspective on caring for those with chronic illness. As a mom and doctor with seizures, I hoped that sharing my story may help others also dealing […]

January 5, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
Dear Writers of All of the Stories I Read in 2015

Dear Writers of All of the Stories I Read in 2015

Dear Writers of All of the Stories I Read in 2015  (An Open Letter From a Fan.) Dear You, I am a HUGE fan. Maybe your biggest fan. No really. (Ok, maybe your Mom ranks slightly higher than me. But only just slightly.) I’ve seen the way you make magic. Real magic. Not the sleight […]

January 3, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More
Fanfaronade

Fanfaronade

You wouldn’t think one word I wrote in my debut novel, Annie’s Story, Book 1 of The Voyagers Trilogy, would cause a discussion between two mature men, would you? It was six months before my husband James actually asked to read my debut novel, Annie’s Story, published in April. I was quite surprised as I […]

January 1, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
Mental Health and Writing

Mental Health and Writing

Last night I watched, ‘Amy’, a poignant biopic of the young, troubled jazz singer who died at 27. As I watched I found myself becoming angry with her parents who saw the signs so early of her mental distress and chose to ignore it. And then I remembered that my parents had done something very […]

December 29, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More