A kaleidoscope of poems and stories to make you laugh and cry…
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If you enjoy my writing, why not buy one of my books? They make great gifts too….
My books are available from book shops and Amazon. Scroll down for a brief synopsis of them:
Ploughing Through Rainbows
A hilarious family saga set on a farm. Susan raises beef cattle and has four adult sons. She begins to realise that being a mother has no end-date, especially when her sons make decisions that challenge her life choices.
Out by Ten
A young woman is escaping, hiding in empty holiday homes in an attempt to escape her past. When she settles into a cottage in Cromer, she wonders if she has found both safety and romance as she is befriended by the man who lives next door. They begin to read A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, and real life begins to mirror the events in the story. Set in 2020, the impact of Covid-19 begins to spread and the world changes. Can the woman escape both her past and the virus, or will both overwhelm her future?
A Good Psychopath?
While writing JOANNA, I researched what it meant to be a psychopath. I read lots of papers by neuroscientists, listened to convicted psychopaths, and even managed to find two mothers of psychopaths who were willing to talk to me. I learnt a great deal about the disorder, and by the time I began to write Joanna’s story, I felt that I knew her very well.
However, all the time I was writing, I kept wondering, does that mean that someone born with the disorder is doomed to a life of crime? I knew that most psychopaths are not killers, or ever convicted of a crime, but could psychopathy ever be a good thing? Were there situations where perhaps it could be a strength?
At roughly the same time, I was invited to visit a project run by ActionAid, amongst the women in the slums of Delhi. As I listened to their stories, I was deeply affected, and wanted to tell others what I had learnt. I am an author, so putting their stories into a novel was the best way for me to do this. I visited India many times while writing CLARA. I met women who live and work in the slums, I sat in their homes, I listened to them. Some had been trafficked as girls, some had lost children of their own. They were strong women, living their lives in the toughest of conditions.
I am now excited to present the novel, CLARA, which combines all these themes into an exciting story. Written in the first person, the reader will learn what it means to be a psychopath. The story shows how someone who is very bad, can achieve something amazing.
CLARA – A Good Psychopath?
Published by The Cobweb Press
An easy read novel set in an infant school – it follows the lives of three teachers and shows the funny the things that children do, the terrible things that parents say, and how everyone expects a teacher to be a teacher all the time. (Which they’re not, they have a private life too…. their hidden face.) This is a feel-good story to make you laugh. A good gift for your mum, aunty, sister…..
This book will make you think. A dystopian novel, it’s set in England roughly a hundred years from now, and tells the story of a family (because whatever driverless cars might be like, children and parents will be just the same!) It’s an interesting book, one for intelligent readers who are open to exploring new ideas.
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An exciting novel that shows what it means to be a psychopath. Written partly in the first person, the reader sees how Joanna thinks, what motivates her, and what she is not capable of (ie. love). The story also shows what it would be like to be related to a psychopath – every serial killer has a mum, how must that feel?
An easy read story that appeals to all ages, JOANNA is a book that’s hard to put down once started. (Oh, and it does have a happy ending….!)
Available from a bookshop or an Amazon near you:
The Sarcastic Mother’s Holiday Diary
Travel with me to a small rural village in Zambia, and a posh hotel in Portugal and a holiday villa in Turkey. Wonder with me as to why someone decides to keep their toothbrush on the kitchen table, and how is it possible to wear the same tee-shirt, every day, of a two-week holiday?
Funny stories as we travel the world, a sort of The Durrells meets Bill Bryson. A great gift for anyone who enjoys travel (and has a sense of humour).
This book will make you laugh. A love story about a young mother who can’t cook, dislikes her mother-in-law, and has builders in the house. You will recognise the characters and enjoy reading about them. An easy read novel, buy some chocolate and sit back to relax for a couple of hours….
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