Putting Writing on Hold

How many of us have put writing on hold? I have found I can’t because of deadlines. My writing friend, Gail Aldwin, did, not because of the pandemic, rather because she did an amazing thing. She took a four month VSO placement in Uganda, Africa, where she worked in one of the largest refugee camps in the world. I am … Read More

Thomas Cromwell’s Wife: Elizabeth, Mistress Cromwell

Why Write a Novel about Thomas Cromwell’s Wife ? Having written about Thomas Cromwell’s wife Elizabeth, Mistress Cromwell, I  hear a few whispers of Why Elizabeth Cromwell? Yes, I was inspired by Wolf Hall and look forward to reading the final part of Mantel’s Trilogy, The Mirror and the Light. At this time of lock down due to COVID 19, … Read More

Winter 2020

I hope you and your families are safe during this terrible unprecedented time. There are a few silver linings ( as long as we observe the requested social distancing). It can be a time to catch up on jobs previously neglected about the home and we can still do lots online. For instance if you are living in an apartment … Read More

Paddy Leigh Fermor in Heidelberg

Paddy Leigh Fermor in Heidelberg

I have always admired the writing of Paddy Leigh Fermor. He lived in Kalamitsi a short distance from the village in the Mani where I base myself during the summer. I never did get to meet him but  have twice visited the villa he designed himself and part constructed with the assistance of a Greek friend who was a local … Read More

A Review of Autumn 2019

It has been a while since I updated my news. This is simply because I have been so busy writing. My original publisher, Accent Press, was taken over by Headline in September. So that Headline can publish all three books in The Rose Trilogy, they have delayed the original publication date for The Silken Rose until April. The Silken Rose … Read More

Cosy Crime by Lesley Cookman

Today, I welcome cosy-crime writer , Lesley Cookman to the Writers’ Hub. Her stories are such refreshing great fun. Lovely easy comfort, Christmas reads. She has a new novel out published by HeadlineAccent. But, of course, she writes ‘series’ so do look for her stories. By the way, I absolutely love this post. Five Things I Learnt About Writing Cosy … Read More

Writing a Series of Standalones by Deborah Swift

Today, I welcome Deborah Swift to The Writers’ Hub. I really love Deborah’s books and enjoy them all. The paperback Entertaining Mr Pepys dropped through my letterbox last week. It is superb. Here is what Deborah writes about writing a series, and in this particular instance, a Trilogy about Samuel Pepys. His mistresses are her protagonists. They are all engaging … Read More

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

Today on The Writers Hub I would like to share a review of my favourite novel of this summer. I had the privilege of visiting Ann’s Bookshop in Nashville in June. Of course I was tempted and returned to Oxford with a few books by this author whom I had not read before. The cover is beautiful but the story … Read More

Summer 2019

I hope you have all been enjoying summer. It has been a time for the garden. Beautiful weather for the most part. I have been exceptionally busy since March. Here is a very brief summary mostly in pictures. During March and April I participated in two writing valuable retreats. The first was at Mill House, Devon where I began writing … Read More

Medieval English Gardens- The Paradise or Love Garden

Gardens and medieval estates are significant in my current work in progress. The Damask Rose is set during the later part of the magnificent thirteenth century.  From the thirteenth century on, the medieval royal court was exceptionally interested in experimental gardening. The Tower of London and the Palace of Westminster possessed extensive gardens, orchards and vineyards. London was full of … Read More