Remembrance Day this year, for me, is particularly poignant, bringing back memories of my parents, now both at rest. My father spent his youth in the army during WW2, largely as a motorcycle dispatch rider, who sometimes found himself behind enemy lines. I am so grateful he survived. He had good times as well, spending […]

Edinburgh offers the most amazing amount of things to do and see – this was my third visit and still so much more left for future visits. I was disappointed to have missed this one… Perhaps there will be a repeat one day. We were there during the start of the festival, and the town […]

On the final day of our short break in Edinburgh in July, we had a very exciting evening planned (next post, I promise), so I set up an easy day, with a gentle walk through the old town to the National Museum of Scotland, to view the WILD AND MAJESTIC exhibition. Quoting from the advertising: […]

I’ve had a lovely break away on Orkney following mum’s funeral, and my head is a little clearer. I’m experiencing a very strange mixture of emotions, the most unexpected being startling sensations of freedom, and I’m starting to realise that when you are caring for someone long-term, you don’t realise how much continual, low-level stress […]

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Please welcome my guest today, author Deborah Jay who will also be sharing an excerpt from The Prince‚Äôs Man which is Book One in The Five Kingdoms Series which is also on offer at 99p/99c this weekend. Firstly a brief introduction to Deborah… Deborah Jay writes fast-paced fantasy adventures…

I’m leaving for holiday tomorrow, so I thought before I go that I’d share one more memory with you. While going through my Mum’s papers, I came across an old school exercise book of mine that she’d kept – I was astounded to find some early indications of where I would be going, decades later. […]

My beloved Mum passed away last week at the amazing age of 99 – what a life she had, and what changes she witnessed over the best part of a century. Going through all the old photographs, I’ve found it fascinating to trace the influences on my character and life choices, so for any who […]

After the awesomeness of the 20BooksEdinburgh conference, I’d planned a mini-break, which began with the weather breaking (summer had been in incredibly full swing throughout the conference, with temperatures in the high 20s – very rare for Scotland!), so I chose my planned indoor option – a visit to Deep Sea World. It’s been a […]

Along with learning lots of stuff and making connections with other authors, 20Books also has a more relaxed side to it, and being located in Edinburgh, there was plenty to see and do. The conference, and the room I stayed in, were in the University grounds, which is truly beautiful – here’s a taster This […]

Although the 20Books conferences are very largely about indie publishing in terms of presentation, marketing, and what’s working best at the time, there are also some sessions on timeless subjects, such as crafting excellent narrative. This presentation was given by MARC STIEGLER, who is a trad published author, but hey, the principles are the same, […]