Welcome to my site about writing, stories, jaunting, books, words and anything else that occurs to me.
Wife, mother, writer, photographer and little person.
Oh, and well done for finding me!
I’m not hiding. I’m just small.
But size isn’t everything.
Although, I wish I had a bit more of it.
There’s something very undignified about being able to tuck yourself under someone’s armpit.
And when you’re not much bigger than a garden gnome, trying to look someone in the eye is tricky, as their nostrils get in the way.
So, as you can’t see me on this WordPress site, I’m going to pretend I’m LARGE and in all probability, you won’t know that if I met you in real life, I’d be looking up your nose.
And that’s the beauty of writing. My words don’t have to be delivered in person by me, whilst staring up your nostrils. They can just lie here in wait, until you drop by. And if you get the impression I’m tall and willowy – well, that’s a bonus.
So, there will be plenty of words – you can be sure of that.
And I promise not to look up your nose.
So far, I’ve had six books published. My first book was DAFFODIL AND THE THIN PLACE, published in 2014. If you’re interested, you can get it as an ebook from the Muse it Up Publishing site here at Muse It Up and it’s available from other ebook retailers. You can also get it in paperback format from Amazon,
My second book is THE GREAT WAR 100 STORIES OF 100 WORDS HONOURING THOSE WHO LIVED AND DIED 100 YEARS AGO was published in 2016. You can get it as a paperback and ebook on Amazon It was a finalist in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards 2017, the Readers’ Favorite Book awards 2018 and the Independent Authors Network 2018.
The third book is an anthology of sci-fi and speculative fiction stories entitled EXTRAORDINARY – a collection of stories which will take you out of this world. It was published in October 2017 by Bridge House Publishing and is available on Amazon as an ebook and paperback here
The fourth book is a large print romance set in 1930s Plotlands, Essex, called WELCOME TO PLOTLANDS and is published by Ulverscroft – Linford Publishing. It can be purchased here from Amazon or why not borrow from your local library.
I know 1st April is April Fool’s Day but in 2019, it saw the release of A TOUCH OF THE EXOTIC which is another in the Plotland Saga. By the way, please note, it says ‘Exotic’, not… well, not any similar word. I don’t write that sort of book! You can buy the large print paperback copy on Amazon here, or why not borrow from your local library.
A third book in this saga has been accepted by Linford Romance Library and came out in March 2020 – it starts during the First World War and finishes during the second and is called TOUCHED BY TWO WARS which you can find here on Amazon or why not borrow from your local library.
And a further book entitled WILD SPIRIT, which takes place before and during the beginning of World War Two will be out in August 2020.
And at long last, I’ve finished the sequel to DAFFODIL AND THE THIN PLACE. I’ve called it DAFFODIL IN THE TRENCHES. Watch this space to see when it will be out.
My latest book is THE BASILWADE CHRONICLES, published by Chapeltown Books which can be found here on Amazon. Each story is about one or more characters who appeared in the previous story, so they are all linked although each chapter stands on its own.
As well as books, I’ve written two World War One scripts for the Forget Never Project, a World War One commemorative initiative. The first script was entitled ‘THE SONS OF THREE COUNTRIES REMEMBERED and has been performed by DOT Productions in England, France and Germany. The second script is entitled THE OTHER SIDE OF PEACE and tells the story of the men returning from war in 1918. That was performed – again by DOT Productions – in November 2018. There are plans for it to be performed in Heiligenhaus, Germany too in November 2019.
P.S. From time to time my retirement mascot, Reg, takes over my blog and does his own thing. You’ll know when he’s hijacked my site because he always starts with ‘Reg’s Dlog (Well, what else would you call a dog’s blog?)’
Photos below are of Reg, Me and a friend. See if you can spot who is who.