Sharing the journey

It's eight years since I started writing 'Lily's War'. It was a reaction to a couple of things-firstly, to try to rediscover my mum after she died at the age of 90. Anyone with an elderly relative will understand that in the last few years of life, you can lose sight of the younger person... Continue Reading →

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Groundhog Day

Welcome to Monday. Hang on, is it Monday? Is it still April? Are we still in this grim parallel universe? I feel like asking in a mystical, deep voice: "Is there anyone there?" I remember at University doing philosophy as part of my English course and the theory of solipsism ( had to look it... Continue Reading →

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So it’s official!

I am a published author! Well, it’s on e books at the moment, the paperback version is coming out on 23rd Jan. The publishers emphasised this was a soft launch so I didn’t really get too excited but then everyone around me started to make a fuss and I suddenly thought: “No, this is a... Continue Reading →

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‘I don’t want to win awards’ she said.

When I started to write 'Lily's War', I met a friend who is also an author. I very blithely stated that I just wanted to create a well-written page-turner.. nah, wasn't interested in awards. Well, apparently, I lied. I'm ridiculously delighted to say that 'Bobby's War' has been shortlisted in the RNA Romantic Novel of... Continue Reading →

Piecing together a character- one bit at a time

So anyone still out there? Not hiding under the duvet? Tempting though isn't it? Enough of this Covid nonsense ( Oh, yes please!) I'm starting to think about a talk I'm doing in December entitled 'It's never too late to write a novel' - you can book to join it on Zoom here: https://www.wherecanwego.com/item/e1426299/its-never-too-late-to-write-a-novel-an-online-wirksworth-heritage-centre-talk-by-local-author-shir -... Continue Reading →

Talk and Q and A

Right, I'm confident you're bored with Lockdown, you've watched all the box sets, you may have even done all the ironing so I thought you might like a change. Tonight ( Tues 5th May 7pm) I am doing a talk and Q and A on my book 'Lily's War' and the good news is, you... Continue Reading →

Keep calm and carry on

We're all doomed! Apparently. Oh help, so what do we do? We're supposed to be going on holiday at the weekend to Cyprus and although I'm packing, I'm not sure we should be going and the Whatsapps are coming in thick and fast from our daughters as to why their very elderly parents shouldn't be... Continue Reading →

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