Writer’s Digest – Wednesday 12 May 2021

Confession time. I’m still a couple of thousand words away from finishing the rewrite to The Cafe On Beach Road. I’d aimed to complete it over the weekend just gone but, well, there was this day drinking thing I did … Read More

On My Bookshelf – April

Okay, I’m going to just say it: April was a disappointing month from a reading viewpoint, yet it began and ended on highpoints. In the middle was my first DNF (Did Not Finish) in I can’t remember how long. I … Read More

Writer’s Digest – April 28, 2021

I’m up in Hervey Bay this week staying with my daughter who moved up here earlier this year. It’s not a holiday – I’m still day-jobbing – but in many ways, the change of environment helps it feel as though … Read More

Writer’s Digest – April 21, 2021

I’m currently watching the latest series of Unforgotton on Foxtel (as an aside, if you haven’t watched it, it’s as good as the previous seasons – and is an example of great writing). In the first episode the investigating officers find an … Read More

Writer’s Digest – April 14, 2021

My editor’s notes for the second Queenstown book – which, incidentally, has a title now, The Café On Beach Road – came back just before Easter. We got together (virtually speaking) last week to talk them through, and I have … Read More

On My Bookshelf – March

It’s felt like a slow reading month, but I’ve still managed to read 7 books – including one completely out of genre for me. While I was on holidays for a week of the month, obviously I spent more time … Read More

Writer’s Digest – Wednesday 24 March 2021

The new Queenstown book has been sent off to my editor for its first read-through this week. While I still haven’t decided on a title, the following are the current front-runners: Beach Road Café The Café By The Lake The … Read More

On My Bookshelf – February

It’s been a fabulous month in books – I read seven and all were so good I found it difficult to choose a favourite. I also spent the month listening to Barack Obama’s biography, but still have a lot of … Read More

Brookford Kitchen Diaries

Once upon a time, I created a character – Maxine Henderson, although she prefers to be called Max. Max lived in Brookford, a village in The Cotswolds, worked at Blossoms and Buds, the village garden centre, and wrote a monthly … Read More

Escape To Curlew Cottage – Meet The Cast

Last week I showed you around Brookford where Escape To Curlew Cottage is mostly set. Today we’re going to meet the cast. So, without any further faffing about, allow me to introduce you to… Claire Mansfield Born and bred in … Read More