Category Archives: About me

When I’m Not Writing

Browsing through the posts received from blogs that I follow, each morning, is a pleasure. It’s a mix that ranges from book reviews, author interviews writing tips, how to’s, and publishing information to funny pictures, hilarious captions and recipes for cheesecake. It’s great, it’s a learning curve and it’s fun too.

Thank you all!

My biggest focus on a daily basis is my writing but, of course, like so many other bloggers and authors out there, there are other things in my life that are important to me.

img_1857It seems to me, from what I have observed, that a many writers and readers really enjoy the Great Outdoors and I am no exception. It’s funny because I would suppose that the stereotypical image would be of someone closeted away, only occasionally drawing back the curtain for a glimpse of the light of day. I do spend a lot of hours at my computer, but when I’m done, or in need of a break, it’s fresh air I seek. I like to walk with my camera, tend my plants and this year, at the ripe old age of something not in my forties or fifties, I ran my first half marathon. (That took a lot of ‘fresh air’ training, some of it accompanied by darkness and freezing rain).

Travel has also been a big factor in my life. Unlike the rest of my family who have all remained in our home town on the sunny Lincolnshire coast in England, I have moved about, lived in several countries and loved that nomadic way of being. At present I live in Scotland and Portugal, dividing my time to be close to my children.


In the evenings I also like to sew and knit for relaxation. I’m not saying that I don’t  enjoy socialing or the odd wee dram or two but the (frequent) evenings I refer to here are the ones when I’m not partying until dawn. 😄I love some of the modern TV series like Game of Thrones, Black Sails, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead but I never watch the tv without ‘doing something with my hands’ – if you know what I mean!img_1858

Did I mention my kitten, or my kids, or my grandkids? These also take up portions of my time and I know how lucky I am to have them all.

When I finally get a breather from all this activity I sometimes sleep!

How about you?

August 2016 is Write An Amazon Review Month! By @TerryTyler4 #AugustReviews

In a previous post , the first that I hope will be of many, I confessed that I had written just 6 reviews in 2016, though I have read 40+ books. The year has not, so far, been a good writing one for me.
So I was delighted to read about the initiative below, just what I need to hustle me into action! I have set myself a little personal goal in August of at least ten books reviewed, posted to Amazon and other sites and tweeted with the hashtag #augustreviews. Thanks to Terry Tyler and co for coming up with such a great and useful idea!

Lit World Interviews

Hi all:

As some of you might know, apart of contributing to this blog and having my own blog, where I share reviews and other things, I’m also part of another group of reviewers, Rosie’s Book Review Team and one of the other members of the group, Terry Tyler, has had a fabulous idea to encourage people to post reviews. Below is the post! (And don’t forget to check both blogs, especially if you are interested in new books and enjoy reading reviews. And if you’re an author, you can also submit your book to Rosie’s site, here). And if you’re bloggers, don’t forget to spread the word and the love.


On Monday 25th July, book blogger Rosie Amber wrote this post encouraging readers and writers alike to post a short review on Amazon for any book they’ve read and enjoyed ~ following this up, Terry…

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Saying hello – again!

It’s been almost eighteen months since I first wrote a post entitled ‘Saying Hello’ introducing myself as the author of one novel and four children’s chapter books.

Since then, nothing, except the quiet publication of a second novel, but it has been a hell of an eighteen months.

I hesitated to write this. The easier option would be to brush aside my silence and open up this blog with a review or one of the many great writing articles I have saved from other bloggers since becoming involved in the writing world. Continue reading