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Life’s a Bagatelle

Posted by on Apr 5th, 2014 in Blog | 4 comments

    This is a game that belonged to my dad’s family – it’s getting a bit tatty now on account of being used by lots of grubby little hands (and grubby bigger ones too) but it’s much loved and treasured.  There’s skill involved, but sometimes the way the balls roll seems totally random. That’s my life at the moment.  So long as I don’t lose my marbles, all will be well...

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Rain – bah!

Posted by on Mar 26th, 2014 in Blog | 3 comments

It’s raining again here and I am getting a tad tired of it now. It must be time for frolicking in the sunshine soon, surely? Off to Brighton on Friday to do Mothers’ Day fun stuff. has anyone got any ideas for seaside in the rain activities? They will probably involve wine and cake too.

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Love is Where You Find It – Guest Post by Troy Lambert

Posted by on Mar 13th, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

I remember the first time I saw his face. Long haired and panting, there was no place for him to sit in the small car but on my lap. We both got as comfortable as we could for the hour and a half ride from Phoenix to Prescott. Poor dog had been as abused as me. The first time I went to sweep the porch with him outside, he cowered. But he’d fetch a ball until his dying day, when he was blind and chasing it with his nose. Really, it was his love that started to heal my heart after the divorce. His name was Houston, and even though he left this...

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The Romaniac Shorts Interview spot

Posted by on Feb 19th, 2014 in Blog | 21 comments

            Today, in celebration  of our anthology’s launch, I’m interviewing my friend, co-author and fellow Romaniac Jan Brigden. As one eighth of the Romaniacs, Jan’s quirky sense of humour and endless kindness are always much appreciated within the group and by all her other friends too. I don’t see her nearly often enough, but here are some of her thoughts. Thanks for answering my nosy questions, Jan!   s1)      When did you discover your talent for typo-busting and so...

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Lovely Jan

Posted by on Feb 17th, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Coming soon; well, on Wednesday actually. In honour of the publication on Feb 13th of Romaniac Shorts – the first Romaniac anthology which has raced up the Amazon charts – I’m interviewing fellow Romaniac, Jan Brigden. She’s fun, she’s fabulous and she’s our chief typo buster. Watch this space...

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Young love?

Posted by on Jan 30th, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Just wanted to share these pictures, given to me by some lovely Year Six girls (and one boy) to show that a bit of soppiness in pre-teen books is sometimes okay, but not always. Watch out for the article that goes with the illustrations on the SCBWI Words & Pictures online magazine in February. Here’s a quote from one who shall be nameless: I don’t like in when they describe the characters being in love in too much detail, it makes me uncomfortable. It’s like when you’ve got something on your shoe that you can’t get off. So...

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The Oyster Catcher by Jo Thomas

Posted by on Jan 13th, 2014 in Blog | 2 comments

Today I’m welcoming Jo Thomas onto the blog to tell us about her fascinating new book, The Oyster Catcher. Just off to download this one – it looks great! Blurb for The Oyster Catcher by Jo Thomas According to a champion shell shucker, when learning how to open an oyster you first have to understand what’s keeping it closed. When runaway bride Fiona Clutterbuck crashes the honeymoon camper van, she doesn’t know what to do or where to go. Embarrassed and humiliated Fiona knows one thing for sure, she can’t go home. Being...

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Bloody Mary

Posted by on Dec 2nd, 2013 in Blog | 4 comments

Just getting in the festive spirit knowing that at the weekend, the two best christmas tree decorators ever (a small Brighton-based company) will be in the house, and so Bloody Mary will no doubt join us – the drink, not the aged aunty. Just a question – does anyone know why it’s called that? And while we’re on the subject, what’s your Christmas beverage of choice? Happy Advent (hic)...

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Grace Marshall, come on down…

Posted by on Nov 27th, 2013 in Blog | 2 comments

Romancing the Baddies First of all, I’d like to thank you for having me over to you wonderful site, Celia. It’s such a pleasure to be here and talk about romancing the baddies. Apart of what made The Exhibition, and the whole Executive Decisions Trilogy, so much fun to write was writing the baddies. The return of Terrance Jamison, the baddie from the first book of the trilogy, was very exciting for me because I got the chance to explore him more as a character. What I’ve discovered is that the best baddies are baddies by whom...

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I love the SCBWI – BI conference because …

Posted by on Nov 25th, 2013 in Blog | 8 comments

If I wasn’t so conferenced-out, this post would be much longer. However, the day job happened way too early this morning, and I had a great deal too much fun over the weekend, so it’s brief. I love the SCBWI conference because … You get to play with maps and then write stories; here are Elizabeth Wein and Sheila Averbuch demonstrating. You meet so many lovely, helpful new people that your brain threatens to implode. The said people are amazingly friendly, and nobody makes you feel like Billy No Mates if it’s your...

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