How Rubbish Was January?

No kidding, it's difficult to write and edit when the world looks the way it does right now.

Why Happily Ever Afters Matter

I wouldn't categorise myself as a traditional lesbian romance author. My characters are too contrary for that.

Don't #ReclaimHerName

You might've heard of the #ReclaimHerName project undertaken by the Women's Prize for Fiction.

Writing in Cafes

The things many of us take for granted (reliable internet access and as many research books as we need) are luxuries for some writers.

Learning from Recovering MPs

As you might guess from my forays into Westminster politics with Valerie and Amy, our legislators fascinate me.

Vera Stanhope - An Idol of Mine

Before the pandemic, me and my wife had scrapped our Netflix subscription in favour of a BritBox one, and it's definitely come in useful.

What's Interesting to Me

For me, "writing what you know" is more about delving into the emotions you know and the things that interest you.


I think something in my mindset has shifted again in the last month because I’m finding it harder than before to concentrate.

I Support Trans Rights

As someone with several trans people in my close circle and many more friends and acquaintances, I need to publicly support them.

Self Rediscovery

With coronavirus restrictions curtailing much of our normal lives in the last few months, we’ve all had to adapt to new ways of living.

Early Draft Foibles

Back in 2010, there was a Goldfrapp song in the charts. You couldn’t turn on the radio without hearing all about rockets.

Enjoying Your Own Company

As I write this post, the UK’s under strict lockdown with people only allowed out for essential reasons.

5 Ways to Help Authors Through Covid-19

Let me start by saying that I know this situation stinks and many of us are scared. We’re all dealing with it in our own ways, and I’ve...