Welcome to my blog and thank you so much for visiting.
The strapline to this blog is “writing, reading, stationery, life, chocolate and bears” so I’ll talk about all of those things although most of my musings will be around writing.
When I started out with the idea for my first novel in 2003 (eek, was it really that long ago?) I thought of myself as a writer of light-hearted rom-coms. As I’ve developed my writing and found my voice, I’d say there’s still moments of humour, but my books explore some deeper themes so I wouldn’t necessarily label them rom-com. Others would. But who needs labels? They’re books about love and about friendship. My business card declares that I write “uplifting stories of love and friendship set on the stunning Yorkshire Coast” and I’d say that summarises it perfectly… or at least it did until I wrote the first book in the Hedgehog Hollow series and discovered a new setting on the Yorkshire Wolds.
I joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s New Writers Scheme in 2012 and stayed in the NWS for three years. The critiques I’ve received through that were both valuable and encouraging.
In September 2013, I felt ready to let my debut novel, ‘Searching for Steven’ into the real world and sub’d him to a publisher for the first time. A year later I received two x three-book publishing deals! I chose to go with UK-based So Vain Books.
My debut novel, Searching for Steven, was released on 3rd June 2015 and the rest of the trilogy followed within the next 14 months. Sadly, my publisher ceased trading and I acquired my rights back. I re-released those books as an indie author along with a further five new books. With nine books under my belt, I decided it might be time to try and secure another publishing deal.
In March 2019, I was thrilled to receive a 9-book publishing deal from Boldwood Books, to release a mixture of new books and some of my back catalogue. My first book through them – The Secret to Happiness – was released in September 2019.
They refreshed the series that So Vain Books had published as a four-book series called ‘Welcome To Whitsborough Bay’. All the books had a fresh edit, new titles and gorgeous new covers ahead of their release in the first quarter of 2020 and, on the back of the success of these, Boldwood offered me contract addendums for the rest of my backlist, taking my publishing deal up to twelve books.
July 2020 saw the start of a brand new series set in a hedgehog rescue centre, Hedgehog Hollow. This new setting has become a reader favourite and I’ve written and released three books so far with more planned for 2022.
I’m delighted to have signed another twelve-book contract with Boldwood Books, all of which will be brand new books. The first in this contract – Snowflakes Over The Starfish Café – will be released in late August 2021. This is set just outside Whitsborough Bay above Starfish Point; home to a colony of over 200 common and grey seals. There’ll be a sequel to this story out in spring 2021.
I have an MA in Creative Writing with distinction which I achieved through Open University in late 2019.
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