A detective story with a difference… and they loved it!

When I first started writing about a blind detective people said it wouldn’t work… it was too far-fetched. But I had already fallen in love with the idea of writing a book in which I had to draw on all of the senses, rather than simply rely on visual descriptions. As a result, DI Matt Fisher came into being. Matt … Read More

There’s a new detective in town!

This week sees the publication of my fourth novel!!! It’s called Paid in Blood and features DI Matt Fisher, a new detective from me. Matt was once a pro footballer, but after suffering a career-changing injury he gave up the beautiful game and turned his efforts to what his wife thinks is a mug’s game and became a detective. And … Read More

Together we can all help each other

It’s been a funny old year. One where meetings with friends now takes place via a computer screen and visits to close family is done with a wave not a hug; from a safe distance, of course. But if these troubled times have taught me one thing, it’s that I am so grateful to be part of the writing community, … Read More

Long time, no see!

Hello all, hope you are all well and keeping safe out there during these troubled times. It’s been over six months since I last wrote anything for this blog; but the time has flown by so fast, it feels like weeks. One minute I was sitting doing the final edit on The Body Politic (the third Cat McKenzie mystery), the … Read More

Feedback is your friend

In a recent Q&A I was asked if I had any advice for first time writers. One of the things I suggested was to solicit feedback whenever you can. Feedback can come from a number of sources. Family and friends is a good place to start, but what if they don’t read much? Or are too nice? Or (God forbid) … Read More

Hotter than Hell

Here’s a little short story to warm up your winter: He gave a low groan. It echoed loudly around his head. So thirsty. He opened his mouth; it was dry and tacky. It felt as though simply moving it might cause it to crumble like old underlay. He slapped his tongue around, hoping to generate some moisture, but the feeling … Read More

Keep Calm and Carry on Writing

Well, it’s been a little while since I last posted anything… okay, so it was Christmas. Yes, Christmas! Where has the time gone? There is a reason for my tardiness. A couple of years ago my husband and I decided to buy a house – a doer-upper—thinking it would be great fun to tackle a renovation project. The first time … Read More

A little something to fill you with Christmas cheer

Here’s a little Christmas present. It’s a seasonal short story I wrote for the Facebook group: UK Crime Book Club (A fantastic group for anyone who loves home grown crime fiction). I hope you enjoy! TURKEY AND ALL THE TRIMMINGS Constance slowly opened her eyes. She blinked, confused. Instead of the usual darkness, the room glowed brightly. She looked toward … Read More

Give the gift of a good book

Still looking for some last-minute Christmas presents? Then why not buy someone the gift of an e-book? Did you know you can buy a kindle book and have it delivered to someone else as a gift? It couldn’t be easier. Simply follow these 5 easy steps: From the Kindle Store in your desktop browser, select the book you want to … Read More

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

I’m not an artist or a graphic designer, and as an independently published author I don’t have a team behind me to advise on cover art, so when it came to creating a cover for the second novel in the DC Cat McKenzie series, I knew I needed some “expert” help and turned to the wonderful folk of Facebook. I … Read More