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Wednesday, 8 July 2020

Hi everyone,

Hope you're all having a good week.

Well, here we are...  over ten years since I began writing Purple People, its official publication day is almost upon us! (in fact, by the time you read this, it may have arrived).  There's been a flurry of activity over the last couple of weeks - including most of your copies arriving (though I think some of the international ones are still on…


Wednesday, 24 June 2020

Well, hello, everyone,

How are you?  I hope you and yours have been bobbing along okay, despite these very strange times.  What a few months it’s been.  Just when you think the world can’t get any more topsy turvy...  Though I'll just add that during lockdown I've discovered an unlikely enthusiasm for painting dog portraits - who knew!

In one piece of news - which may feel a little frivolous…

The Purple People are shimmying towards the printing presses!

Saturday, 22 February 2020

Hola, supporters of Purple People,

How are you?  I hope this finds you all well and dandy.  Here there's much excitement to report.

You'll have received smoke signals from Unbound recently, with a couple of updates regarding Purple People's progress.  Tremendously, the book has been shimmying along the publishing conveyer belt, and is nearly, nearly about to hop on to the printing presses. …

Edit update... the Purple People are (nearly) on their way!

Monday, 23 September 2019


Ahoy there!  I hope this finds you all well, and having enjoyed a jolly Summer (general dystopian-ness in the world aside, that is).

Herewith a smoke signal from what we’re hoping are the last laps of preparation for Purple People hitting bookshelves... and your door mat!  We’re planning to have the final edits finished soon, and then off it’ll skip to the printing presses.  I’ll let you…

A whole lotta Shaking (well, editing) going on

Monday, 21 January 2019

Greetings, Purple People supporters, and (a belated) Happy New Year to you!  I trust you had a suitably tinselly Christmas, and that your 2019 is off to a merry start?

Thus far I’m finding the beginning of 2019 rather like a bag of Revels with an overabundance of coffee cremes... so disappointing when you keep hoping to bite into a toffee yet constantly get dastardly coffee instead.  But there …

Dystopias & delays

Thursday, 23 August 2018


Hello pals of Purple People,

How are you? Hope everyone’s enjoying a dandy summer.  Here all’s been a smidge quiet on the Purple front, I know, and there have been a couple of reasons for that...

Firstly, I’ve been tinkering with the lay of this dystopian lavender land.  As other folk have remarked during the last year or two, with the barmy state of the real (or these days, surreal) world…

Crack out the Babycham - we’re at 100%!

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Crikey moly! I’m exceedingly excited to say that Purple People is now fully funded!  

After being included in Unbound’s ‘these books are close to hitting 100%’ email on Thursday, this particular snowball gathered speed, raising the final 10% of pledges in just 24 hours.  That made for one very overexcitable lass, sitting at the kitchen table, slightly gobsmacked, as the tally merrily rocketed…

Ah... look at the little purple people!

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

I'd guess we've all fallen for them; they're striking, appealing, sometimes irresistible.  They're supposed to say so much, and often they do.  Most probably, as you're being charmed by one, you'll be tickled by that ever-ripe idiom, 'You can't judge a book by its cover'.  Which may be true, of course, but that cover can certainly reel you in.

This week I've been pretty awestruck by the Purple…

Ode to a Bookseller

Thursday, 28 September 2017

I like to think that our days are much improved by giving credit where it’s due, and always saying an appreciative thank you.  Because really, who doesn’t like to feel that their efforts have been recognised, that their hard work is appreciated?    

For a long time I’ve been intending to write a note of particular gratitude (blogging from my own website... which I’ve still yet to set up!).…

Three Readings and a Festival

Friday, 25 August 2017

Last weekend, in an exciting milestone, I made my first appearance officially as an author. As part of the Margate Bookie festival, the Unbound gang were holding a Pledge Party, and invited me to speak about Purple People.  This was, for me, a ridiculously exciting - not to mention terrifying - prospect.  And thinking about it this week, it wasn’t actually the first time I’d read my work for a crowd…

Thank you! Merci! Tak!

Friday, 11 August 2017

Hi lovelies,

How are you?  Hope you’re all enjoying a most agreeable week.

Here I’ve been cracking out the party poppers (or rather, a bottle of Prosecco), as we’ve reached over half way, with Purple People currently 55% funded - and in just under a month!  Exceedingly exciting.

This is down to your kindness and support, so again, THANK YOU.  Crowdfunding for Purple People is proving to be…

Fun 'n' formidable formative influences

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Greetings, Purple pals. I hope this finds you all well and dandy.

Firstly, in truly exciting news, Purple People is, as I write, already 48% funded - in just under three weeks!  Thank you so much for your pledges, which are very greatly appreciated.

Last week a portion of my family bobbed to Brighton on a day trip; my cousin, Sara, and her excellent offspring, Emily and Steven (I'd like to note…

Hello, pals of Purple People!

Friday, 21 July 2017

I hope this finds you all well and dandy.  And firstly, a massive, neon-lit thank you for pledging.  It really is hugely appreciated.

With this being the first official update (woo!), I thought I'd share a couple of brief tales with you as to how the book came about - and found a home with the ace folk at Unbound.

Some moons ago I lived in New York, where I'd keep up to date with the news back…

Publication date: July 2020
117% funded
207 backers