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News from Paris (Mon Amour)

How’s it all going? I keep being asked. It’s been a very busy and exciting first two weeks for the paperback edition of Paris Mon Amour, so I thought I’d share a few of the best moments and some still to come. SHELF LIFE There isn’t anywhere else I could start than by expressing my gratitude to … Continue reading

Paris Mon Amour – paperback publication week

This is publication week for the paperback edition of my debut novel Paris Mon Amour, and this is a difficult post to write. You’re probably thinking, ‘What? Isn’t that the best post ever?’ And you’d be right – there have been some fabulous moments recently. It’s just that I feel totally overwhelmed, and that’s hard to … Continue reading

Paris Mon Amour competition – win signed advance copies

On Monday I returned from a week staying in the 5th arrondissement in Paris, a very enjoyable mix of long walks (totalling 99km, no less), art exhibitions, inspiration for my next novel, seeing friends and spending Easter weekend with my family – most of it in glorious spring weather. I’ve written many pieces about Paris and … Continue reading

Autumn 2016 on the Literary Sofa

I hope you’ve had a fantastic summer.  It’s definitely not ‘business as usual’ on the Literary Sofa yet but just wanted to say hello – especially to my new followers, welcome! – after a long break from the blog and almost three hot lazy weeks in Provence. We’ve returned to a house that is literally upside … Continue reading

On the Couch – my protagonist Alexandra talks to Vicky Newham

  Not surprisingly, people associate me with sofas.  Some think I am a sofa, or a Sofia.  Well anyway, this week I swapped my Literary Sofa for a therapist’s couch and my head for that of Alexandra Folgate, protagonist of my novel Paris Mon Amour – click here to read the post.  Alexandra was interviewed by … Continue reading

On Female Sexuality and Motherhood

Another quick link, to my latest guest post related to Paris Mon Amour: today I’m really excited to be featured on Naomi Frisby’s  The Writes of Woman.  It’s one of my favourite blogs (and she was kind enough to say the same of mine.) The theme is double standards, female sexuality and motherhood, and no, shying away … Continue reading

My Love Affair with France

It’s been a busy and exciting time lately, with wonderful reviews of Paris Mon Amour appearing all over the place – one reader wrote to me when she finished it at 2am! It’s so interesting and rewarding hearing what people make of it (and everyone sees something a bit different), so a very big thank you to everyone … Continue reading

Seven years to publication, seven things I’ve learned

In view of the appreciative response to the above piece I wrote for the Writers’ Workshop (York Festival of Writing) blog, I thought I’d also post the link here on the Literary Sofa. Thanks again to WW for hosting me and for their important role on the journey to publication of my debut novel Paris Mon Amour.   … Continue reading

Publishing my debut novel Paris Mon Amour

  How does it feel? everyone keeps asking me, to see my first novel Paris Mon Amour published? A week has passed and I’m still not sure I have the words to convey it, but I’m going to try.  For me, the dream and ambition of getting a book published was never primarily about notching up an achievement, … Continue reading

What the French taught me about sex (and writing it)

It’s nearly a week since my debut novel Paris Mon Amour came out and I’ll be writing about that incredible experience very soon… But in the meantime – and because I was way too busy to post this week – here are some of the pieces I’ve written elsewhere to coincide with the release.  Given the longevity and popularity … Continue reading