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:

Thursday 12 July 2012


Suddenly, I have a whole host of very varied publications coming out.

In the July 2012 issue of Writing Magazine I had my article entitled 'A LIFE JOURNEY' published, sharing the path I have taken through the years, stretching back to 1984 when my first book 'A Crying Game' led to the founding of LIFELINE. Completing the circle, and opening all the secrets of those years inbetween, Writing Magazine helped me to launch 'BETRAYED', which is a 'tell all' book, and brings to a close, finally, that chapter ... or book ... in my life. All the black boxes have now been opened, and been closed. And for the first time ever I feel a tremendous sense of closure.

In July I also had my first song published in Christian Magazine. I am still waiting to receive my complimentary copy. However, the editor assures me it sent in and has been welcomed. It was an unexpected achievement.

I also have a very special and personal book entitled DOLLY MIXTURES: the magic of childhood due out shortly. It is aimed at first time mothers and grandparents and all of us with firstborns who delight in those first crazy conversations we share with them as one, two and three year olds. It also includes many of the rhymes that became so well known in our own family at the time my little girl reached that age. It was such a joy to write such a book now, when my daughter aged 31 is just taking off around the world for the second time, trekking to faraway places, wanting to see different civilisations and ways of living and being firsthand. I am so proud of her and everything she has achieved. She too is a writer. She keeps a blog. But one day soon I hope to read a book she has had published about her experiences and adventures. In the meantime, this latest book is dedicated to her and the magic we shared.

And I have almost completed my second thriller UGLY TRUTH, BEAUTIFUL LIES, a historical mystery featuring again the unlikely hero Joe Maddison. It is a book which is writing itself, I'm just along for the ride. And there is always so much history, so much to learn, if only lessons had been this good in school!

Without even trying, the third thriller is already champing at the bit, pushing me to take notes, wanting its voice to be heard above the clamour of the characters of the one I'm writing now. I'm looking forward to it very much, but at the same time loathe to leave some of my old characters behind .... apart from the hero Joe Maddison, that is.

So ... lots happening, lots still to do.

Thank you to everyone who visits these pages. You are most welcome. I'd love to hear from you in person if you'd like to write me an email and share your own interest. I'm always open to new friendships ...