I’ve been CONned!

I have the blues. The post-CON blues, in fact. I’ve recently returned from the inaugural ELLCon in Bristol, UK. Once again, after immersing myself in nothing but talking about writing with other authors and fantastic readers, as soon as I got home my energy dipped and I spent the remainder of the weekend slouched on my…

Endings becoming beginnings

I have a very good friend whose life motto is “Everything happens for a reason”. Sometimes I’ve agreed with that philosophy, sometimes not, but I have to admit whenever I’ve looked back on the big changes of direction in my life, and what they led me to, that phrase does ring round my mind. And…

Free Short Stories!

  I’ve got some exciting news to share and it’s all about freebies – and we all love freebies, right? I’ve just published a free short story here on my website – this is something new I’m playing with, intending to publish three or four free stories a year. The stories will be sexy, romantic, sweet,…

Silence is golden

I’ve seen a couple of social media posts recently by fellow authors in which they’ve shared their latest playlists, the music they absolutely must listen to while they write. I am in awe of these people. I am incapable of listening to music when I am in writing mode. Even if it’s only instrumental, like…

Attack of the guilts!

Remember in my last blog how I was juggling all the different deadlines around editing and writing? So here’s a question – what do you do when all of that has passed and you have a strange thing on your hands called…free time. Like, what the heck is that?! On Sunday I finished writing the last…

My life down under

I realised an amazing fact a couple of days before “Dark Horse” was published: it is almost exactly 20 years to the day since I first set foot on Australian soil. Kind of fitting, then, that my personal homage to the wonderful 18 months I spent living in Australia is now in print. Now, while the book is…

Return to Lesvos – Women, Wine and Words

I’ve just returned from Lesvos (again!), having eked out the last of the annual leave from my day job for 2016 to treat myself to six nights slap bang in the middle of the annual womens’ festival. This two-week long extravaganza, based in Skala Eressos, runs through the first two weeks of September and has…

The magic of Lesbos

In June this year, I was lucky enough to spend five days on Lesbos, attending the inaugural Lesvos Lesfic event, organised by Ylva Publishing. This event, which brings together writers, readers, editors, publishing staff and anyone else who has an interest in lesbian and queer fiction, was a huge success. It is already planned to…