End of 2017

Gracious, was it really July when I last posted?! So many things have happened since then, it will take another five months to list them, so here are the important bits of my posting.

  1. Due to big changes within my writing life, I am dedicating more time to writing novels than blogging. This blog will continue on the hit & miss basis you are all used to over the past year. However, it is with sadness, but need, that I finish working my beloved, The Virtual Bookcase. As you all know, this was set up by myself and my mentor, Jan Harper, who sadly passed away before the blog really got going, and the day I wrote The End of Ripper, My Love. So, it is a painful decision, but I am proud of how many authors and books I have promoted over those years. Six-hundred plus! I do have a newsletter to be created on a more regular basis. It will there I’ll post news etc. Restructuring my writing life is as busy as the writing itself! If you’d like to keep in touch rather than wait for my blog posts, I do have a FACEBOOK author page – FACEBOOK.
  2. My Granddaughter, Seren, age six, was made Writer of the Month during the summer. We were so proud of her. She’s an incredible young lady and has been diagnosed with Autism. Boy, does she overcome some of her obstacles with the fierceness of a warrior queen, I admire her courage and she teaches me so many lessons in life, even at her tender age.
  3.  I turned 60 this Halloween and spent it in Canada, visiting my son and daughter -in-law. Halloween Trick or Treat night is a bit different over there than in the UK, what fun I had!
    My English cake

    My English Birthday cake. It has my image as a Zumba dancer, fishing for my books! All my life skills on top of a delicious sponge!

    my birthday cake canada

    My scrummy Canadian Birthday cake!

  4. For my birthday (well, six days earlier) I had a GRANDSON for a gift!! Yes, my little Canadian Cub turned out to be a boy, and what a little cracker he is, his name is, Finley. I miss my daily cuddles, but look forward to March when he visits the UK for the first time.
  5. grandchildren

I end 2017, with possible exciting changes which I will share when all is confirmed.  I leave you with my very best wishes, my humble thanks for following me and supporting my books. Enjoy whatever end of year celebrations you believe in, and have a fabulous 2018. As I follow Christmas UK style, I wish you all a Very Merry Christmas, and a Happy Healthy New Year!

christmas cards

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Theakstons Crime Festival 2017/Harrogate

IMG_0195A last minute booking and I headed off to Yorkshire for the first time in my life. I used many words during the lead up and excited topped the most used.

Theakstons Crime Festival is a gathering of like-minded folk. People who enjoy crime books, whether as a writer or a reader. Top authors attend and boy, did I see a few!


I met lovely book bloggers, writers and organisers of the event. It was wonderful with a capital W. I intend to return to the area as a tourist as it is beautiful. The scenery is calming and inspiring.

So, who did I see?

Well, David Evans my writing buddy from the next town, was there. He’s now an Amazon bestseller in Canada with his Wakefield Series. Wakefield is in Yorkshire, so have added it to my places to visit list. He introduced me to the local beer.


David Evans. Sue a book reviewer in the background.




IMG_0257  Ian Rankin. Yes, I saw Ian Rankin. He signed my books and as we chatted about him being tired but happy, I told him happy was a good place to be and he drew a smiley face instead of his sign-off noughts and crosses. I smiled back, a beaming smile. (The lady taking a pic in the background is Jill of Jill’s Book Cafe, a new friend from the festival.)

Lee Childs. Yes, I saw him. KathyIMG_0276 IMG_0224Reichs, yes, I saw her.

James Runcie, yes,  and he chatted with Robson Green, both of Granchester fame. One the author of the books and the latter the actor who I happen to adore as an actor.

Ann Cleeves, the wonderful author of Shetland, and the much-loved Vera, was joined by Brenda Blethyn who plays the role of DCI Vera Stanhope. Boy, was that a panel event worth missing my morning coffee to attend! See Ann’s posting of event.

Mark Billingham and I shook hands.  Here he is (in hat) enjoying a chat. IMG_0272

IMG_0209 Mark Dawson the well-known self publishing guru, was there. I didn’t get chance to thank him for pointing me in the right direction with marketing via Facebook advertising.

Author Rebecca Bradley and I have been friends online for many years but had never met. Now IMG_0266we have!




IMG_0274Mel Sherratt was all of a dither because she’d just had her photograph taken with ‘Vera’. Starstruck, she said as we chatted. Here she is trying to compose herself with Caroline Mitchell. She couldn’t understand I feel the same way whenever I meet her and Caroline, star struck. Mel has just sold her millionth copy of her books, how awesome is that? And she wonders why I’m starstruck!

I met up with a few romance writers who were their as fans of crime writers, so had a chat with a few I’d not seen since the Festival of Romance events.

Now I must go write more words, I aim to sell more books to fund next year’s visit to the crime festival!

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