Short Story Publication – Circling the Nasturtiums, Anti Heroin Chic

Butterflies were circling the nasturtiums in a frenzied race to find nectar, but it had not yet flowered. It was a lush green and ripe for bloom, when the flame flower would climb, scrambling through other plants, covering unsightly fences. She had not yet flowered, when the ‘gardener’ had grabbed her by the waist and … Continue reading Short Story Publication – Circling the Nasturtiums, Anti Heroin Chic

Speaking at a Book Group

This morning I spoke at a book group meeting. The members of the group had read my debut novel, Take Me to the Castle, and they invited me to come and speak. They wanted to discuss the writing process and the background to the book. It was an interesting experience for me as an author … Continue reading Speaking at a Book Group

Which Books Would You Take With You if the House Burnt Down?

A dramatic title, isn't it? Inspired by a wonderful post I came across this morning from Maria Popova's Brainpickings blog, entitled The Burning House: What People Would Take if the House Was on Fire, it wasn't so much the eye-catching title which caught my attention so much as the photographs: images of people's treasured possessions, … Continue reading Which Books Would You Take With You if the House Burnt Down?

What do you gain from reading eBooks?

digitaltrends.com I promised to balance a previous post on The Joy of a Bookshop with a look at the advantages of reading eBooks, so here it is. Much as I love browsing through bookshops and holding a physical book, turning its pages and enjoying the cover and the scent of the paper, I am currently reading … Continue reading What do you gain from reading eBooks?