An open letter to all children, schools and parents on Sports Day

What does sports day mean to you? Some say winning. Some say taking part – I say sharing the love. Quite often it is easy to forget the true magic that it is to be a child. But for me, whenever I attend sports day to watch my daughter, it is glaringly obvious. I didn’t always see it but now I do, I want to share this with you. To the child that never gives up: Good for you! When you put yourself forward for a task and it goes wrong, to keep going is an admirable trait. When that beanbag falls off your head, you put it back on and keep going. When you fall over, you get back up. When you drop the baton, you pick it up and keep running. This isn’t called failing, this is called Determination and Perseverance. To the child who got injured: Don’t be sad that you...

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New Vlog

Good afternoon!   There is a new Vlog up on my YouTube channel – this month’s book reviews! Here’s a link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fViDjp4UF8 Alternatively, just click on the YouTube button to the right hand side of the screen.   If you enjoy my vlogs, please click subscribe so that you get notifications when I upload a new one and also, please click like if you enjoy the video 🙂 Happy Friday!   xxx Share...

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Welcome to my new Website

            Hello and welcome to my new website! Do yo like it? I haven’t blogged properly for nearly two years. How crazy is that? I have written the odd blog post and have written plenty for other websites – mostly for The Romaniacs – but my own blog has been neglected as a result of a hectic lifestyle and no time. Whilst my life is still hectic and I still don’t have very much spare time, I am going to try and blog here at least once a month, just to keep things ticking over. I want to keep in touch with everyone and I think it is important to try and keep that contact open – so I will try my best. I have recently launched my YouTube channel. I think it is easier – and more current – to...

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Writing a book is just making up a story, right?

Wrong. Of course, writing a novel is about writing a story, however, there is so much more to it. As a writer, you have a responsibility to the reader to make sure that not only are you telling a great story, with amazing characters and a good balance of highs and lows, but you also need to make sure that your facts are correct, that you have exercised all areas of expertise to make sure that everything is authentic and believable and most of all, that your readers can identify with the story and the characters. If it was a case of just writing a story off the top of your head and publishing it, surely everyone would be doing it. But it is hard work. Hard, but incredibly rewarding when you cross that finish line. Take my current book, for example. I deal with the...

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Reading – How do you do yours?

I don’t read as much as I think I should. But then again, how much do we all think we should be reading? Everyday? Three times a week? Every time we get a spare few minutes… no, I know, when does that ever happen in real life, hey? Ideally, I would love to read every single day, and I do go through stages where this is actually possible. But generally, life, work and family commitments get in the way and I am either too busy or too exhausted to read regulalrly. But as a writer, should I be making the effort to make sure I read all the time? I love to read all sorts of genre’s, I wouldn’t even say that I had a favourite. I think, with me, it really depends on what mood I am in. Sometimes I love to read dark, gritty, thrillers and other...

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