FIRE

This is a piece I wrote and performed for a live show called, Rant & Rave. We were given a theme and a word count. Our theme was “fire”.   I might be a witch. It isn’t something I’ve tried to achieve. There’s been no study, no cast-iron cauldrons, no musty spell-books with dog-eared pages where love spells were hand-written by some great-great-grandmother. …

Chapter One – The Third

In an on-going effort to get over my anxiety of writing a whole book, I am writing a series of Chapter Ones. They are all based on true stories from my life and this particular chapter is no exception. The only element of this story that is embellished is the breed of dog, simply because I can’t remember.   Chapter …

Chapter Two is New

Well, I had started out writing just Chapter Ones but then this popped out and I think it is Chapter Two and belongs with Chapter One (the second). CHAPTER TWO   They drove to the pub in relative silence. How do you begin a conversation that needs to cover a lifetime? Where do you start? When they did speak, it …

The Second Chapter One

In an effort to work my way towards writing a whole book, I have decided to write a series of Chapter Ones. This is the second Chapter One, the first Chapter One is resting comfortably in this blog. I should also mention that they are based on real events from the life of yours truly! CHAPTER ONE (the second)   She …

A Book of Chapter Ones

I’d love to write a book. I’ve written a children’s book (not published…yet) and would love to write a full-length book for adults. The process seems daunting so I thought I’d try my hand at just writing Chapter Ones. If I write enough passable Chapter Ones, who knows, maybe I can publish those, although it does occur to me what a …

CODDIWOMPLE

  Coddiwomple sums up my current outlook on life, my recent adventures back home in England and, this blog! First and foremost, I must discuss the one and only Flavia De Luce. I do not think coddiwomple is a verb with which Flavia is familiar, as she always seems to know exactly where she is going at all times. Flavia’s latest …

THE ODYSSEY TO COMIC-CON!

July has been a banner month! In mid-July I attended the ALA Conference (American Library Association) in Orlando, FL. I always love attending ALA because it’s a conference surrounding and supporting a united love for books with authors, librarians, agents and publishers in attendance. I spoke at the Author’s Tea and read a passage from Alan Bradley’s,  As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust. …

GRIMM’S FAIRY TALES

Once upon a time…   When Dan Zitt, VP of Content Production at Penguin Random House, asked if I would be interested in narrating a story in the Grimm’s Fairy Tale collection..well, who could possibly say no to that? My only disappointment (selfish) was that I couldn’t have the whole book but would have to share it with the likes of; …

At Long Last!!!

My website was hacked some months ago and everything disappeared. HORRID!  Now it’s time to catch-up, but where to begin? I’ll start with the biggest news of the year, The ODYSSEY! The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley was nominated for The Odyssey Award. Such a wonderful book so worthy of the accolades and awards it has been …