Welcome to my site about writing, stories, jaunting, books, words and anything else that occurs to me.

I’m Dawn.

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 five 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, here at Amazon.

Daffodil and the Thin Place
Daffodil and the Thin Place

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 here at Amazon. It was selected as a finalist in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards 2017 and also the Readers’ Favorite Book awards 2018

2017 Finalist Wishing Shelf Book Awards
2017 Finalist Wishing Shelf Book Awards
2017 Finalist Wishing Shelf Book Awards
2017 Finalist Wishing Shelf Book Awards
Readers' Favorite Book Award Finalist for 2018
Readers’ Favorite Book Award Finalist for 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

Extraordinary - a collection of stories which will take you out of this world
Extraordinary – a collection of stories which will take you out of this world

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 as a paperback here (from March 2018)


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!


A third book in this saga has been accepted by Linford Romance Library and will be out next year – it starts during the First World War and finishes during the second and is called TOUCHED BY TWO WARS. And a further book entitled WILD SPIRIT, which takes place before and during the beginning of World War Two will be out after that.

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.

Two more historical romances are on the way, too! TOUCHED BY TWO WARS and WILD SPIRIT, both will be published by Linford Romance Library soon. And don’t forget to look out for my My Weekly Pocket Novels!

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.

And if you fancy short but quirky stories, you’ll find quite a few on my stories page here there’s no charge. Free stories – now who can argue with that?

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.



  1. I’m to very big either. Good things come in small packages. Like dynamite, we can still make our presence known.
    Heather G – The Natasha Saga


  2. My brother-in-law is 6’4″. So’s my nephew. 2 of my substitute brothers were 6’+. One of my best friends in college, Big Bill, was 6’8″ and weighed a very muscular 400lbs. My ex-son-in-law is 6’2 or taller.

    So at 5’8″, I’ve had my share of looking up at people’s nostrils.

    And welcome to the blogosphere, Dawn!


    1. Welcome to my world of nostrils! And thanks for the welcome to the blogosphere. It’s been a long time coming!


    1. Thank you so much, Neil. I’m really touched that you bothered to put your review on your blog and absolutely thrilled with your review! Thank you


  3. Hello Dawn, stumbled across your site while trying to find someone else who went to Beal some years ago, and read your pieces about Miss Evans and Mrs Hasler. Mrs Hasler was my English teacher and a huge influence, though she disapproved of me becoming a journalist. I met her again about 12 years ago at the sole school reunion I believe there’s been . I had the chance to tell her that at least two of her sayings “ money spent on a book is never wasted” and “never lose your sense of wonder” have always stayed with me . Joy H. (1969-1976 Beal)


    1. Hi Joy, how lovely to hear from a fellow Beal girl! I was at Beal a year or so before you and I mainly remember Mrs Hasler as Miss Joynes. Funnily enough I wasn’t the slightest bit interested in English and was more interested in science so I had more to do with Mr Hasler who taught Physics! I think Mrs Hasler would be amazed that I now spend most of my time writing. She was a fantastic teacher and I’ll always be grateful for her grammar lessons which not only made English easier but also learning foreign languages. Was your name Baker then?


  4. I have just finished reading your wonderful, moving book – The Great War – One Hundred Stories of One Hundred Words – and can honestly say that this is probably one of the most moving and poignant books I have ever read – some of the stories moved me to tears. Having just return from visiting The Somme and also Flanders Fields, your book will return me time and time again to these extraordinary places. I would certainly recommend that everyone reads this amazing book. Well done Dawn and you are to be congratulated on this great work.


    1. Thank you so much, Joy! And also, thank you for taking the time to review the book on Amazon. I really appreciate it. Because of the World War One commemoration project which I am involved in – the Forget Never Project, I have also visited the Somme and Flanders, and they are moving places to be, so I am thrilled at your words. If you want to see what our project is up to this year (we have an exhibition at the end of September and a play on Saturday 10th November which I have written) we can be found on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ForgetNeverSacrificeLegacy/ and our blog is here https://wordpress.com/view/forgetneverblog.wordpress.com
      Thank you x


  5. Hi, I read your story on Cafe Lit yesterday and just wanted to say I really enjoyed it. 🙂


    1. Thank you, Hannah, that’s really kind of you to take the time to tell me! Dawn x


    1. Thank you so much! The pics on the site you suggested I look at, are wonderful and it’s lovely to see the comments and memories on that post too. I walked around the area on my own taking a few photos of Senrab St and particularly Aylward St where my dad and uncle lived with their parents and an elderly gent asked me if I was lost because I was checking my route on a map. When I told him I was looking at where Dad used to live and go to school, he told me about Senrab St being Barnes St backwards. I already knew because Dad had told me but it just goes to show that it’s obviously a very well known fact in the East End! I love walking around that area and I wish my memories of my nan’s house in Aylward St were sharper. But I guess I’m lucky to be able to remember any of it at all. What a shame they were knocked down.


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