When neighbours become good friends…

I wrote The Golden Girls’ Getaway about three women, Vivienne, Mary and Gwen, who are neighbours in a house in London. Vivienne, 72, occupies the top flat, Gwen the ground floor, and Mary, the oldest resident at 80 years old, lives in the basement. Throughout the lockdown situation, they have become more supportive to each …

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My latest novel, Lil’s Bus Trip: what I’m writing about now and what’s coming next.

Lil’s Bus Trip is published on the 26th August. It is my seventh novel, and my eighth one is currently under wraps for publication later this year. All my novels feature older people as main characters, embracing the fact that all people can still laugh, love, develop and enjoy life, whatever their age. I try …

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The immersion technique – it’s one way to write your next novel…

I have a friend who claims to have completely cured her arthritis by swimming in the sea, whatever the weather. Her pains completely disappeared, and she swore that it was because she immersed herself regularly in freezing water. I recently saw British athlete Mo Farah and Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo do something similar on TV, …

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On Writing: why writing comedy can be so fascinating

Based on my radio interviews with SoundArt Radio and the wonderful Julie Mullen, here's a blog post about writing comedy, whatever that might mean. I've been told that one genre I write might be termed 'romantic comedy', and so I'm always interested to talk about what makes people smile, what is uplifting, what is a …

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