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Phanes - part of the Jigsaw

Friday, 9 August 2019

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In 2002, Martyn and I went to Leros to celebrate his 50th birthday. As usual, we stayed at Studios Happiness and had fun with the Varnas family, Mixailis, Eytychia, Despina, Takis,  and micra – little – Eytychia (granddaughters being named after their grandmother). This was before Takis met his beautiful partner Eglantine and set about fathering his two charming children, cousins to micra Eytychia…

Diana, Artemis and Aristophanes

Thursday, 8 August 2019

Diana nightclub 2019

In 2002, Martyn and I went to Leros to celebrate his 50th birthday. As usual, we stayed at Studios Happiness and had fun with the Varnas family, Mixailis, Eytychia, Despina, Takis,  and micra - little - Eytychia (granddaughters being named after their grandmother). This was before Takis met his beautiful partner Eglantine and set about fathering his two charming children, cousins to micra Eytychia…

It's all about observation and empathy - sort of...

Thursday, 1 August 2019

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I won a course on marketing my book (in this case TERRIBLE WITH RAISINS) and the tutor commented on my first assignment that some of its appeal might be to single mothers. I hadn't thought of that, even though the main protagonist is a single mother. Going forward, JIGSAW ISLAND, too, features a single mother. Hmmm - is this a case for personal therapy? For, you see, I don't have children. I have…

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Reviews still appearing for the predecessor to JIGSAW ISLAND

Thursday, 25 July 2019

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I'll admit I was a shade disappointed when my first novel, TERRIBLE WITH RAISINS, didn't crash into the best sellers - yeah, well, I write fiction. But one reader said he suspected it would be a 'slow burn'. And, indeed, TWR is still attracting interest. While JIGSAW ISLAND can be read as a 'stand alone' novel, many of the same characters appear. Just as other people loved them, I found it hard to…

Reviews still appearing for the predecessor to JIGSAW ISLAND

Thursday, 25 July 2019

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I'll admit I was a shade disappointed when my first novel, TERRIBLE WITH RAISINS, didn't crash into the best sellers - yeah, well, I write fiction. But one reader said he suspected it would be a 'slow burn'. And, indeed, TWR is still attracting interest. While JIGSAW ISLAND can be read as a 'stand alone' novel, many of the same characters appear. Just as other people loved them, I found it hard to…

Putting out The Ritz

Thursday, 9 May 2019

When I was writing an early draft of JIGSAW ISLAND, I wanted Annie to meet her friend Shona in a setting that highlighted the difference between them. Annie had just come off the bus from Glasgow so looked a wreck – Shona was just departing The Ritz to go to the theatre. I have had tea at The Ritz (my Grandma’s 80th birthday treat) and the staff were charming.  I wasn’t going to write anything unpleasant…

Money, money, money, money

Thursday, 25 April 2019

Catching up with my Syrian friend to continue and flesh out his story of the journey from Syria to the UK. Money crops up constantly - for visas to stay in Lebanon, fines for not having visas, for bribes to police, payment to smugglers and forgers, for plane fares, ferry fares, bus fares - money borrowed and money lent. This doesn't take into account the cash needed for food, clothing and accommodation…

The refugee experience

Friday, 12 April 2019

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This week I met a young man who had escaped the war in Syria and endured terrifying experiences in order to have a better life. Siblings died, his family was torn apart, access between father and children was denied by constantly changing border regulations.

Assad, Russians, Americans and British alike have ensured by a mixture of bombings, privation and political interference that Syria will not…

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