Whew, it’s finally here! A LIBRARY OF LEMONS publishes today, hurrah! And really, you don’t know QUITE how relieved I am, because this has been possibly the hardest book ever to write. Well, the first draft was easy. But the many, MANY drafts that came after that…well, they weren’t all easy. And they got harder … More Happy Lemony Publication Day to Me!
I love the Pea series by my author pal Susie Day, so I was really keen to read THE SECRETS OF SAM & SAM, a spin-off book featuring the twins who live next door to Pea’s family. The twins are both called Sam: one is female, one male – and they live with their two mums; … More The Secrets of Sam & Sam – review
You know how sometimes you really don’t feel like doing something, but you think it’d probably be good for you if you did, so you force yourself to get on with it and then it turns out it WAS a good idea after all and you feel better for it? Hmm. I’ve just realised that … More Love Hurts In Birmingham (or does it?)
We take so much for granted. Well, it’s natural, isn’t it? You can’t spend every minute of every day going, ‘Gosh, aren’t I lucky to have a roof over my head? Food in my fridge? Money to pay for the heating? A car that I can drive? Education that means I don’t struggle to read … More I (and some friends) launch the Blackwells Giving Tree in Oxford
Last Saturday I popped into Blackwells in Oxford – a lovely bookshop with loads of character and wonderful staff. Books Are My Bag is an annual event that aims to raise the profile of local bookshops and show people just what treasure troves they really are. My friends Susie Day, Sally Nicholls and Julia Golding … More Books Are Definitely My Bag!
Ah, welcome back, Pea! And her sisters Clover and Tinkerbell, and Wuffly the dog, and Mum who’s also Marina Cove, the famous author… I heart Pea. I have mentioned this before, in my review of the third in the series, Pea’s Book of Birthdays. Susie Day is such a great writer, she jam-packs her books … More Pea’s Book of Holidays – review
Whew! Let me pause for a moment to catch my breath… …that’s better. I’ve had a flurry of booky events over the past few days; all fantastic! First of all there was my great author pal Susie Day’s book launch at Blackwells Bookshop in Oxford last Friday. Susie’s series of books about Pea and her family … More A booky few days! Two launches and a festival!
A week ago my good friend and brilliant writer Susie Day (author of the brilliant Pea books among others) tagged me in a sort of bloggy toury thingy (that’s a technical term, by the way). You should nip over to read her What, Why and How I write and then come back here…I’ll make a cuppa … More What, Why and How I Write
I always hated parties – the sort of big occasions where people drank too much and talked a lot of rubbish all evening. I was never very good at it. Firstly I didn’t like the feeling of being drunk. I’ve always been a control freak and an introvert, and I hated the feeling of not … More Authors behaving badly
Last Thursday I had a Christmas Lunch at my house for some author friends. I put some floating candles and greenery in my fishbowl: and heated some mulled wine alongside some non-alcoholic punch (Jamie Oliver’s cranberry and ginger beer fizz, which was a Sainsbury’s recipe about three years ago and is DELICIOUS – sadly I … More Catching up with author friends