With World Mental Health Day on October 10th and Black History Month 2021 on… well, all month, my article for Rethink Mental Health incorporates the two: If trauma can be passed down through generations, so can joy.
Have a read, share and feel free to comment below or on my social media channels. Let’s normalise discussing mental health!
I was only slightly nervous, so not sure if you could tell!
I will try and find a way of uploading the video here and in the meantime, please sign the petition which you can find HERE:
We are currently at just under 75k signatures!
And who knows, if it gets to 100k there might be a trip to Downing Street….
It’s been a while since my last blog post, but little did I know way back then, what the world would be facing in the year that is 2020.
We are only 8 months in and for many it has been life-changing.
My heart and my prayers go out to all those who’ve lost their lives and way of lives because of the Coronavirus, Covid-19 worldwide pandemic.
Hey all, check out this wonderful cover for my new novel Wartime Sweethearts which is out April 18th. I was actually standing in the corner cooing like a proud aunt as the photographer took these lovely shots. There is nothing much weirder than seeing the characters who have lived in your head for months, suddenly turn up in human form!
I am thrilled with the end result -I hope you are too!
A English Girl. An American Soldier. A twin secret…
When Rose meets American GI William there is no denying the attraction between them…And even though she knows her family would not approve of her relationship with a black soldier, they can’t help but fall in love.
However Rose has a secret of her own and when war separates the sweethearts before she can confide in William, it is Rose who will have to deal with the consequences…
Dreams can come true. You know, like a REAL British summer identical to the one we now have. As well as that THING you have always wanted to do. Whether it’s start a business, write a book or become a master baker! Dreams have a way of resurfacing again and again, no matter how much we (or others) try to dampen them down or push them into a place we can’t access. As for me, I can’t live without mine and one of them was to get a book published. So here I am enjoying my tenth year as a PUBLISHED author. Yes, I wrote that in caps because being published ten years ago, doesn’t mean it was only ten years ago that my journey as a writer began. I was striving long before that time; writing for free, filing those rejection letters (and then emails) praying, waiting, and believing that one day, my time would come.
And it did.
(and here’s a video of me watching my first book being printed – and screaming about it!)
And I will never forget the day I received the call from my agent that SOMEONE WANTED TO PUBLISH MY LITTLE BOOK! I thanked God and then proceeded to go into semi shock… and then I may have shed a tear.
The book I had written in my PJ’s whilst watching a very special and inspirational episode of the Oprah Winfrey show was going to be shared with the world.
I had never set out to write a tearjerker. Simply the story of a young girl (Lois) who loses her father and tries to connect with him through letters he has written to her. But it was a story I HAD to tell.
Ironically, it wasn’t Lois’s story that was itching to be told- it was her father, Kevin who begged me day and night to tell his story. This character I had never met, who didn’t actually exist, yet was to become a huge part of my life via my book; By The Time You Read this. Kevin was a young man, taken down before his time. A man with hopes and dreams – the biggest one being, to see his little girl grow up.
Although Kevin is a fictional character, I know there are many human beings around the world who have been in a similar position- gone before their time without having the chance to write to their love ones; to tell them they are loved; to teach them their version of the meaning of life and love.
I have met, loved and lost such beautiful people and you may have too.
So before, my tears wet this laptop, I’d like you to help me raise an invisible toast to Kevin and Lois- beloved characters of my first published novel By The Time You Read This published exactly ten years ago. And here’s MY letter to these amazing characters:
Dear Kevin & Lois; Thank you for sharing your story with me. So many have read your story and I even got an email TODAY from the Philippines where you were mentioned. Your story has also appeared in the German, Korean and Serbian languages and according to the wonderful Harper Collins US team, your American cover was inspired by Barack and Sasha Obama. Even ten years later, your story is still available in paperback and is currently 99p on Kindle! I will never forget you, Lois and Kevin for getting that publishing ball roiling.
With Stars On,
Hello Lovely Readers!
I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend.
Is it me or is the year just flying by? I’m not just using this as an excuse for not writing my blog posts on time (OK maybe a bit) it just feels like it was only yesterday we were celebrating Christmas.
It’s also six whole months since my fifth novel Orphan Sisters hit the shelves in paperback. And if you enjoyed reading Orphan Sisters as much as I loved writing it, please leave a review HERE Reviews are mega helpful to authors and I also love hearing what readers think.
It is also TEN YEARS this year since my first novel By The Time You Read This was published. I can’t believe it’s been a whole decade since a book I wrote in my pyjamas was published and translated into several languages including German, Korean and Serbian. It’s still available in paperback and is currently 99p on Kindle! I still get tingles thinking about that book!
It’s been a while since my last post. Forgive me, I do have an excuse. I have been hard at work on my next novel which has the working title: Flower Girls and is due out this year. I’ve also been trying my hand at script writing and of course watching Netflix and catching up on my reading. At the moment I’m reading the wonderfully compelling The Brighton Mermaid by Dorothy Koomson which will be out in May.
So, all in all- an action packed start to the bright and springy month of May. But alas, like this week, my blog post is short.
Until next time…