Everybody has a book in them, or so it's said. But it's something else again getting it onto the page and to a place where it might be shared.

I have been writing since I was a young child. Always, my dream was to see my name on the spine of a book. Books gave me life, a dream to live by. Through their portals I could escape so easily into other worlds. Books also saved my life ... yes, really!

This is the story of my books and my journey as an author, including a very personal view of my journey through Life. I hope it will inspire and give hope to writers and readers young and old.

Getting published can be a waiting game. It's hard .. and getting harder. But then sometimes it can happen in an unexpected way and suddenly, we truly are living our dream. And we realise that it isn't after all the winning that is important, but the journey that is ours along the way.

I would love to hear from anyone who connects with what is written here. A signed copy of any of my books is available. You have only to write and ask:

Saturday 10 March 2012

University of Life Challenge 2012

I've set myself a challenge ... it's a phenominal challenge and beats every New Year resolution I've ever made in my almost 59 years of life!

One book a month.

That's right, you heard it first on this platform. My aim is to get one book not just written a month, but published. And to date, I'm managing just fine. Starting in December 2011 there are now four books which fall under this challenge, and amazingly I am ahead of the game.

January 18th came my first thriller: STONE COLD DEAD.
February 24th came BETRAYED, a self portrait.
March ... I'm just waiting on a date for actual publication of HIGH WOOD.
April ... SOUL SISTER is already in at the publisher, a children's story.

All are published through FeedARead with Arts Council funding.

This is a book about love and betrayal.

Through the eyes of a child, it looks at whether a victim is born or made; offering a unique insight into how easy it is to take control of another. But far from being a depressing and difficult book, it fosters eternal optimism and a belief that reaches beyond what is ... to what could be.
It is about recovery and breaking free.

It is a story every woman and every man should read as an eductaiton of Life - young women needing to know how to protect themselves, parents wanting to protect their young, those in abusive relationships where hurt is a daily experience, loving partners and husbands desperate to understand their loved one's past; as well as those lucky to have a happy life, whose best friend might turn around one day and say: 'I need help'.

I have written this book for all those who still suffer in silence the pain, humiliation and helplessness of abuse and its effects.

To write this book I have shared a lifetime of personal experience of control and abuse to help and support others. I founded LIFELINE, a national registered UK charity, in 1984 and have worked as an Abuse Consultant in this country and abroad.

ISBN: 978-1-78176-014-7 Available shortly from all high street stockists and Amazon, price £8.99

'A German was coming towards him. He froze ... The German strode on taking slow, measured, almost proud steps. He seemed so sure, so ... unafraid. He could see the stripes which denoted him an officer. It explained the callous look he gave each body as he stepped over them and continued on ... Another face peered out at the scene. It was small, fragile, too white against the background of the wood. It looked very afraid! And he was out of ammo!! Moments ticked by ... and all the time the German officer kept coming on ... on ... on. The taking out a revolver, the German took aim and began to fire.

Bois de Foureauz, commonly known as 'High Wood' stood proud at the top of a gentle slope. Surrounded by relatively flat landscape, it offered a perfect view ... No wonder the Germans wanted it so badly! The British held half the wood. If only they could get a firm grip on the rest then maybe they could take the advantage.

This is the story of Will and Arthur, my two great uncles, during the First World War. It is republished from 'Brothers' and has been known to make grown men cry! The writing of it seemed to come from some other place, and following its first publication, we were visited by Will or Arthur, evidenced by a 'Presence' and the sudden strong smell of tobacco smoke in our front room. And then later in a cafe, approached by a medium who felt I would want to know of the man in uniform standing behind me, insistently trying to tell me something, pushing in and out his pocket a poppy.

ISBN: 9781781760987   Available from all high street stockists shortly, and Amazon, price £7.99.

'A raw red light suddenly pierced the gloom. She watched the strobe search the landscape, startling shadows into shapes, rearing up out of endless Night. Like a bloodshot eye, it watched the girl, knowing her to be a stranger. She did not belong here. And yet ... and yet ... she was here ... so it must be meant to be.

A young girl stands at the grave of her mother feeling so helpless, abandoned, afraid, alone. She is wondering where souls go when a body dies? Does she really want to know? Is she up to the challenge?

Be careful what you wish for ...

ISBN: 9781781761397 
Available from book stockists soon and Amazon
Price: £7.99