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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

The Deal – Paris Mon Amour, 13 June 2016

As a novelist it’s not surprising that I have a vivid imagination. I also have a handy ability to visualise success even when it is nowhere in sight. So along with the dress I designed years ago in my head for my fantasy book launch, I have often imagined penning this post to share news of … Continue reading

Everything looks different now – the final rewrite post

I never planned three posts about my big rewrite but having talked about it at the start and the halfway point, I feel I should sign off.  At the same time, it slightly feels like cheating, because this should have been the triumphant post saying it’s finished.    I wanted to have it done by now, but … Continue reading