June 2014


Summer is here and I am off to Fowey in Cornwall for a couple of days. I love it down there – it’s also where Daphne Du Maurier lived and wrote her wonderful books, Rebecca, Jamaica Inn and many others. Such a pretty place with a lovely street of shops to visit if the sun isn’t out.
I’ve finished my latest book, Silverbrook Girls and that has just gone off to my editor. It will be out next May and is about a girl who moves to Somerset with her family and after many trials and tribulations, they start an animal rescue centre there so it’s about two of my favourite subjects – animals and making friends.
May was an incredibly busy time for me with two weddings, two 60th birthdays, two 50th’s, two lots of house guests and sadly one funeral. It’s funny how sometimes everything happens in one month – believe me, my life is usually much quieter.
On the book front, Playlist for a Broken Heart was published and is in the shops now and I did a mini tour for publication day early in May and visited schools in Wilshire and Somerset. As always, it was great to meet such enthusiastic readers and librarians and talk about another of my favourite subjects – books. I love reading as well as writing and have a whole pile of books waiting for me to read over the summer so I am hoping for some sunny days when I can sit out in the garden and get through a few of them. I’ve just finished one called Through the Narrow Gate by Karen Armstrong. It’s a true story about a 17 year old girl who went into a convent in the 1960’s. I found it fascinating – not because I am thinking of becoming a nun but because I like reading about other people’s life experiences.
Next on the pile is Longbourne by Jo Baker and is the story of Pride and Prejudice from the servant’s point of view.
Over the summer, I will be working on new book ideas and considering the options of what to write next. I have a few ideas brewing.
Hope you have a good summer wherever you are and have plenty of good books for those long sunny days,
Bye for now,