April 30, 2019 · 08:02
I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite pix from my research trip in north Norfolk last year, as the book I was conducting research for was A Summer to Remember – and, wow, it’s now almost time for the book to come out!
Top left is the gateway of All Saints Church, Thornham. I stayed at a nearby pub, The Orange Tree, and enjoyed wandering around the village. Nelson’s Bar, in A Summer to Remember, is situated between Thornham and Titchwell. I pushed them aside a little and created a headland that juts out in the salt marshes and put Nelson’s Bar on top of that.
Top centre and bottom right are shots of the vibrant seaside resort of Hunstanton, the nearest big town to Nelson’s Bar.
Top right and left centre are from Brancaster Staithe where there’s a sailing club. I had fun watching all the activity without feeling the actual urge to go out on the water myself.
Bottom centre is part of a footpath in the salt marshes near Thornham. I loved the salt marshes. Some of the grasses were taller than I am so I didn’t venture down those paths even though, to my surprise, I got a great mobile phone signal on the salt marshes! As Nelson’s Bar does not have a good mobile signal and only scant broadband, checking my phone for signal was a constant preoccupation of the trip.
I hope you like the pix. There are probably a hundred more but I just picked out a few.
A Summer to Remember will be published in paperback, ebook and audio on 2 May 2019.
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April 19, 2019 · 09:22
Although I’ve spoken at conferences before this is the first time I’ve been invited to do so as a businesswoman – though being an author means I am one. I’m a one-person organisation with accounts and paperwork to complete, social media campaigns to run, forward planning to do and relationships to nurture. Although I’ll sometimes joke that I make stuff up for a living, there’s more to being an author than that.
My talk at the Women in Business Conference, Twenty Years to become an Overnight Success, will cover:
My long road to bestsellerdom, including some of the wrong turns along the way
Where I am now
My working practices.
How I work with Avon Books UK (HarperCollins) and Blake Friedmann Literary Agency to create the best books I can and sell them around the world.
An author panel will follow comprising:
Sue Moorcroft – Contemporary women’s fiction
Shelley Wilson – Multi-genre fiction and personal development non-fiction
Lyn Bromley – Business and management non-fiction
Elizabeth Beetham – Health and wellbeing non-fiction and poetry
We’ll be interviewed by BBC Journalist, TV and Radio Presenter Joanna Tidman. A book stand will be available for delegates to visit and purchase copies of books written by the panel and other local authors.
You can access further information about the Women in Business Conference and book here. It looks like a wonderful day! I hope to see you there.
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April 8, 2019 · 07:29
Just to let you know a couple of radio dates I have coming up:
2 MAY 2019, around 10.15 am, I’ll be on BBC Radio Northampton chatting to Bernie Keith. Why? Because it will be publication day for A Summer to Remember!
It’s always great to see Bernie, his lovely dog Riley and ace producer Sarah. We’ll chat about the book and whatever’s happening in my life and Bernie’s.
24 MAY 2019, at noon, I’ll join Helen Blaby for the ‘In the Chat Room’ feature. It’s always fun! Helen assembles a great panel of two or three guests. We choose our subjects ahead of time and sometimes we even get around to talking about our choices … Last time we seemed to segue from summer holidays to sexual identity – both subjects on which everyone had an opinion.
Here are some of the ways you can listen in: 104.2 FM, 103.6FM, DAB, Freeview channel 734 – RDS = BBC Nhtn https://www.bbc.co.uk/radionorthampton
April 5, 2019 · 13:07
One of the best things about being an author is the opportunity to work with other authors. I’m thrilled to be featured in a Girls’ Night In with Phillipa Ashley, Christie Barlow and Bella Osborne on Thursday 20th June at 18:30. We’ll be at Waterstones, 24-26 High St, Birmingham B4 7SL.
Learn more and buy tickets here.
Come along if you can! Drinks and nibbles included and the cost of the ticket can be redeemed against the purchase of one of our books on the night.
April 4, 2019 · 07:02
Just to let you know that I’ll be returning to the Earls Barton Literary Festival on 8 June 2019 between 3pm and 4pm in the stunning Methodist Church. I’ll be in conversation with local lovely Julie Williams, chatting about my writing life and what it means to be with a major publisher.
The Oundle Bookshop is providing a pop-up bookshop for the weekend in the library. Book sales and signings, chats and selfies will all take place there. Like many participants, my fee will be donated to the village library.
It’s a great programme. Further information and tickets here.
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