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Monday, 9 November 2020
Monday, 12 October 2020
Owners books now £5 per book, or two for £9 - postage extra. Signed copies are available at no extra cost.
I am bringing out new editions soon, so these books are the last of the first editions. Available as Christmas presents to yourself or loved ones. Contact email@example.com
Sale price available whilst stocks last.
Sunday, 30 August 2020
“We have lived in fear and sorrow for many, many years. And believe me when I say that I do not go lightly into war. But there is no bargain to be struck, no words of wisdom that will make everything okay, no way for reparations to be made. Evil is a mould that grows on the face of the discontented. We must eradicate it before it infects others. For once, and for all.”
Brave words, but just who is speaking them, and why?
Get ready because the end is near - The Owners Volume IX.
Wednesday, 19 August 2020
The wonderful Lee Greenhough interviewed me about my hopes, beliefs and new pescatarianism.
The short interview is here.
Many, many thanks to Lee for inviting me to talk. Apologies if I made his ears bleed with all my chatter.
Happy listening! xx
Thursday, 13 August 2020
Thursday, 9 July 2020
Click here to watch an interview with me and the rest of the Sirens. But be warned - I gurn!
Monday, 22 June 2020
I've also realised that the list of finished works I was compiling, ready to publish, is rather long... so do bear with me just a little while longer.
It's taken me about five years to get on with writing the next volume in the Owners series. During that time I wrote a book about a trans person trying to find their way in the world, a family trying to deal with autism, loss and grief and several sci-fi/dystopian novels, as well as the film and TV mentioned above. So I've been kind of busy...
Sophia's character is only touched upon in Volume I of The Owners. There she is an adult, a leader of her people. In Volume VIII we see how her strength of character came into being, what it was that moulded her into the adult she would become.
I can't help feeling sorry for her. Her life is filled with hardship and loss and yet she herself fills me with hope. Hope for the world, hope for humanity. Because regardless of what he goes through, it doesn't taint her soul. I wish we could all be like that.
And I guess it makes me wonder about how I would have turned out without all the things that served to define my life. If I had stayed in Glasgow... or London, even. This division of pathways, I have already looked at in my novel Spit Decision (Amazon, Waterstones, etc.,) and was looking at further in the screenplay I'm also currently working on. I'll let you know how that goes.
So if you find yourself at a loose end and are looking for something good to read, pick up one of my books and remember - there will be more on the way, very soon!
Happy reading! x
Wednesday, 17 June 2020
I actually intended to write this a few years ago, but I was so busy with films and TV, that I didn't get a moment to get started on it. But today I woke up and it was on my mind.
I've always known what this volume would be about - it was merely finding the time to commit it to paper that was the issue. Somehow right now is the perfect time.
If you've read The Owners books, you'll know that there are many core themes running through them - what it means to be human, how humanity can be so easily lost and what belonging really means, to highlight just a few.
So because of what's going on around the world right now, it seems the perfect time to write this next volume.
The Owners is all about misplaced intentions and about how sometimes there is no right answer. Sometimes what is wrong, has been wrong for so long, that even once rectified, hatred, anger and resentment still burn for past misdeeds.
In this volume there is a return to some of the characters you met in Volume I: Alone, such as Sophia, who will one day be leader of her people. And of the tragic Louisa.
I'll keep you posted with how the unfolding of the story goes.
In the meantime, why not check out The Owners series. I'm hoping that Volumes IV - VII will soon be released.
Happy reading! x
Saturday, 13 June 2020
Friday, 12 June 2020
Wednesday, 3 June 2020
#GoingViral was created in response to the lockdown situation. You can read all about it here.
And don't worry if you're not free when we launch - as the videos are online, they will be accessible for some time to come.
If you watch and you like what you see, why not drop us a comment and share our content with your friends and family?
I will have more news for you shortly, I hope, when normal filming can resume around the world.
Until then - keep safe, and happy viewing! x
Thursday, 26 March 2020
Meanwhile the very people we are counting on to save us, are packed like sardines into public transport, expected to do their jobs, exhausted, and without the protective equipment that could ensure their safety - the world really has turned on its head.
There are a lot of phoney soothsayers around, telling all and sundry that they or someone else they know, prophesised this, that it is God's will, that it's all in the great plan. Believe that if helps you - I'd personally rather stick to the science.
But whatever your beliefs, there are some things that are undeniable. One is that all of us are going to suffer some loss - a family member, a friend, a colleague... The other is that our world will be forever changed.
There are some fears that don't just ever go away - the bogeyman under the bed, the mad axeman in the woods... Covid-19 will remain in our collective conscience long after it's claimed its last victim. Like the bogeyman, it will alter our perception of what's safe and what isn't. Probably forever.
When I wrote The Owners series and in particular Storm Clouds and the subsequent volumes, it was this sort of scenario I had in mind.
Set in the almost present, it depicted a world in panic over a series of devastating superstorms and the damage to the whole structure of civilisation which ensued. But more than that, it was a tale of humanity - of the people who were elevated by their situation and of those who used it for their own selfish needs. Isn't that exactly what we're seeing now?
Of course Storm Clouds is an apocalyptic tale and the volumes which follow it therefore, post-apocalyptic, and I hope with all my heart we don't follow that into reality but the motives of the people in my stories and in real life are the same...
Keep safe everyone and please be respectful and considerate. And hopefully we'll come through this together.
Happy reading. xx
Tuesday, 17 March 2020
Clearly we have raised many sociopaths alongside our otherwise well-adjusted population. Protected by the anonymity that social media offers, they try to prey on our social weaknesses but in truth it only serves to highlight their own miserable existences. So for that reason, I'll have done with discussing them here - they're not worth a nano-second of our time.
I think we are all shocked to be in this position... there cannot be one person who doesn't have family and freinds who are very vulnerable to this virus.
And even if we self-isolate, I genuinelly can't see how we can do that for more than a month at a time. And what happens during that month? It's too scary to contemplate.
Meanwhile the heros amongst us - the doctors, nurses, police and army, as well as the supermarket workers, the hospital cleaners, the fire and ambulance services, the lorry drivers who transport our foods, the electricity engineers, the sewage plant workers - they will continue to work, keeping the rest of us going.
And I'm a little embarassed to be just a writer - a woman whose work is of no real value, serving only to entertain. But that's who I am.
The world will keep turning whether I write another film or not. But if these heroes above stop doing what they do, the world will indeed grint to a halt.
So from the bottom of my heart I want to say thank you to all of them!
Stay safe and well. xx
Thursday, 13 February 2020
I am currently working with Oakhill Productions on several exciting new projects, which I hope to have news about very soon.
Unfortunately, in my line of work, there is often much to tell, and at the same time, a restriction on what I'm actually allowed to say. This can be very frustrating when what you really want to do, is shout things out from the rooftops...
So, in the meantime, why don't you take a look at the Press Release of one of Oakhill's other projects. (And no, I wasn't involved in this one.)
Watch this page for more news, coming shortly...
Until then - happy reading!
Sunday, 26 January 2020
Well we're still in January... doesn't it go on? Cold, dark drizzly days almost without end.
So we all need a bit of cheering up, right? Luckily I've got lots of news!
As you know, I've always got lots of different projects on at once, so to save me typing a long list, and you trudging your way through it, I'll update you only on the things that are moving more swiftly.
I have an eight part podcast coming shortly with brilliant co-writer Alexandra Taylor. Beneath The Waves is based on a true and current situation and is set in Wales. It's a drama but has humour there too and just the tiniest possibility of a blooming romance... you're gonna love it.
I have also been asked to write a TV/Netflix series set in the 80s so I'm currently researching this (and yes, I was around then, thank you, but not in the location the series is set in).
My BFI Network supported film is currently with the director and I hope things will soon be moving on that, and yesterday I signed a collaborative agreement with the very lovely and visionary Michele Lammas, in order to turn her children's book into a screenplay.
On top of that I have another big project with director Ben Bloore which is coming along really well.
As well as the zillions of other TV/film/animations I have ongoing...
But what I really wanted to mention in this post, is men. Older men. Things have changed a lot since I was a child, and now there are as many men as women who take and collect kids from school, make dinners, load washing machines.
But for the 60 plus generation, this wasn't something that came naturally. Consequently, these men, once their working lives are over, often feel misplaced in society, redundant - useless. Women, the lynchpin of most families, continue generally to do what they always did - care for children, emotionally support the family... but their men folk are being left behind.
That's why The Shed is such a great concept. Providing a place for men to meet, share expertise and help each other over a cuppa, it gives men not just somewhere to go, but a support group to turn to.
As a woman myself, I've seen what happened when my own parents retired from work. My mother found numerous new hobbies (and indeed a new husband along the way, but that's a different story entirely) while my dad became isolated and lonely.
So take a look at the clip below. And if either yourself or a loved one fancies popping along to see what it's all about, I'm sure they'd be very welcome.
Until then - happy reading! x
Men In Sheds - Bromsgrove