I have just published my latest children’s e-book Who Let The Cat Out?¬†It follows on from my first book¬†Magic In The Attic. Both relate to 10-year-old Lucy Appleton, her friend Serena, and a very grumpy old fairy called Fiona.

I wrote the second installment during #NaNoWriMo in November 2017, then I put it to one side while I was working on other writing projects and picked it up again this summer. I had thought this book would conclude the story of Lucy and Fiona, but the two main characters had other ideas.

So there’s now a third book under construction, started during #NaNoWriMo this year, which I hope to publish in 2019 and I’ve got a funny feeling it might lead to a fourth, as Lucy and Fiona still seem to have things they want to say and do.

If you would like to find out more about Lucy, Serena and Fiona, both e-books are available on Amazon Kindle and, if you’re quick, you can get Who Let The Cat Out? for free with my introductory promotion that runs for the next day or so.

Happy reading!



Like buses …

Do you know the saying that relates to the coming along of buses to a bus stop, or am I showing my age? Nothing – a dearth – and then they come along in threes.

Well that’s been the case with my writing. November started with me beginning my third children’s novel using #NaNoWriMo as a motivator. And yes! Success! By yesterday I had finished the first draft. it wasn’t the mammoth task of 50,000 words that many other writers were undertaking but instead, I had set myself the goal of 15,000 words, or around 500 words a day. I stuck to it, only failing on one day by writing 200 words, but I caught up the next day. So that was morale booster number one.

The second came with winning my writing group’s end of term competition announced on Thursday. I am a member of The Writers’ Study, a small group of writers in Dorset, meeting near to where I live. I’d written a short story based in World War One, as this had been much in my thoughts with the recent commemorations.

By coincidence, a couple of months ago, I had submitted a short story set during the Second World War to the Blandford Rotary Open Short Story Competition. It had been an afterthought but I thought, well ‘you have to be in it to win it’ so it was worth a try. I’d heard I had been shortlisted a few weeks ago and then last night, the readings and announcement of the winners took place at an event put on by the Rotary Club. To say I was surprised to win is an understatement. But win I did and the Mayor of Blandford presented me with my prize and certificate.

These little wins make the writing worthwhile and here is an image from last evening. I’m the one with the blonde bob.