Monday, 5 August 2019

Sunshine and flowers

In 2015, I published a post called Japanese wisdom for writers about an article in a writing magazine that quoted a Japanese saying about the power of quietly repeating the same activity. I have been exploring a number of Japanese concepts, including ikebana, haiku and the concept of ma (more in a future post) so thought it seemed a good time to repost...…...

Continuance is strength

It got me thinking about how daunting many tasks and projects can seem,  to the extent that we can become so overwhelmed we don't actually start, or give up halfway through.  I've been working on some really big, ambitious projects over the past few years - mostly non-writing related - and this saying really hit home.  Of course, as the author of the article, Robert Paul Weston, points out, feeling overwhelmed can be especially relevant for writers embarking on a novel.  
"Typing that last sentence can feel so far away, you may as well be trying to scratch it out in the sands of Mars. As such, dwelling on that ultimate goal can become an intolerable distraction, perhaps intolerable enough for you to give up. If you believe in this old saying, however, the only thing to do is forget that the end even exists. Just keep going."
A profound insight, and one that we should apply to life itself. 

Article: Japanese Wisdom for Writers by Robert Paul Weston in Writing in Education, issue 65, Spring 2015

Saturday, 1 June 2019

Gemma and the Pony Club Dance ebook is FREE until June 5th!!!

Girls, boys - and lots of ponies!

Gemma and the Pony Club Dance ebook is FREE until June 5th 
in all Amazon territories!

In the first story of the series, you’ll meet pony-mad teen Gemma and her feisty new pony Fireworks – along with Gemma’s long suffering boyfriend, Steve, her horse-loving friends Fizz and Kath and best mate Callie. They want to raise funds for the new horse rescue sanctuary by organising a Pony Club Dance at the community centre but then a gang of vandals cause trouble and put the horses in danger.  Fireworks goes missing – and to make matters worse, Gemma soon suspects her best friend, Callie, is secretly going out with the ring leader of the gang!

Will Gemma find Fireworks? 
Will she lose her friendship with Callie? 
And after everything that happens, can life ever be the same again?

If you enjoy this, there are 3 more ebooks in the Gemma series - all fast paced reads!
Gemma and the Tattooed Horses
Gemma and the Black Colt
Gemma and the Disappearing Showjumpers 

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Guest blog for Womagwriter: why being determined is essential for a writer

So excited today to see my short story Back on Track in the Summer Special of The People's Friend.  I have been trying on and off for nearly 20 years to get a story accepted here and it is great to finally achieve this.  Tenacity is essential for a writer.

And if you want to find out more about getting short stories published, I am honoured to have written a guest post for the brilliant, inspirational Womagwriter Blog - an essential resource for anyone wanting to write fiction for the magazine market.  Click here to find out more about the process from submitting my story to People's Friend to the publication date over a year later.

Sunday, 26 May 2019

Horse on the Balcony FREE until 30th May!!!

The Horse on the Balcony ebook is FREE until May 30th in all Amazon territories!
Click here

This thrilling novella for horse lovers is one I am proud to have written. 

Two accidents crush the lives of two girls in very different ways.

Jenni is grieving from a loss that rips her world apart.

Holly is wracked with guilt after an accident she feels is her fault.

A chance encounter at a railway station brings the girls together and they share their tragic secrets. When Holly reveals she keeps seeing a mysterious palomino on an apartment balcony, which Jenni has dreamed is in danger, they decide to find him.
In the process, they discover that sometimes, hope - and redemption - is found in the most unexpected places…

"An outstanding modern pony novel." Pony Mad Book Lovers.

Read the sequel, Dark Horses.  Available as ebook and paperback.