I've written a novel

I'm so sorry I've not been around for a while, nattering about travel or film or books or music, but you see, I've done a thing: 

Available now from your nearest Amazon.

And isn't this a gorgeous cover (thank you James off of Lemon River studio).
Yes, for umpteen years I've pottered around with story ideas, scribbling away, tapping away and then likely sailing away.  

And then last year an idea for a novel stuck, like bees to honey, as the song goes.

And no matter how complicated I tried to make the story, the plot had a way of working itself out.  Life tried to intervene and assure me that no one would read my novel, but then I took on the guise of a final year undergraduate; I'm doing this for me, and I don't care if I only my Mum reads my book, this is the story I want to read (the equivalent of pleading for a third alongside trying to write a dissertation).  

So Lucy and Cain became stronger, almost telling their own love story in Everything, Except You (except for when I had to slice and swap things about, including a lovely 30k rewrite because the story wasn't loud enough).  

I researched eighties films and eighties music, and could call it work!  I've also included a lot of locations, being a fan of getting away and all, including: 

  • Plymouth
  • London
  • Lizard Peninsular/Kynance Cove
  • New York
  • Nashville

All of this merriment hard work, to answer the question, 'What do you do if you think you have everything, except The One?

Well, what would you do? 

And then a second book in my, what I shall call, Everything series, started to vie for my attention, so as soon as I've paused in celebrating my novel, and in reading other novels, which I haven't half missed - if I read your book in the last year then it was truly fabulous - then I'm cracking on with Everything and Nothing (there's a sneak preview at the end of Everything, Except You, aiming for publication in the summer of 2020.  

Oh, and the next book I'm binge-reading is the cracking Daisy Jones and The Six, by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

As well as delving into country music reviews and interviews for Lyric Magazine, course. 

Rock and roll.  

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