New Year’s Resolutions

It’s a brand new year and like every year I am beguiled by the idea of New Year’s resolutions. I’ve tried every year not to choose something over which I exert only a limited amount of influence, i.e. I’ve never resolved to ‘get a book published this year’. I’ve had that as a goal, but…

New chapter, new challenges

I’m having a year of ‘No Regrets’. What this means in reality is saying yes to things I might regret saying no to later. And since signing my book deal, there is an increasing number of these and it all feels a bit… new. “Would you like to come on Radio Tamworth? I host a…

Never giving up

It wasn’t until I set out with the intention of being published that I discovered I possessed perseverance.  Perhaps I didn’t have it before, or perhaps I just hadn’t had call to use it.  Either way, perseverance, or sheer single-mindedness, has proved to be a most useful trait to have.  The more authors I speak…

Marking the moment

The announcement of my YA book deal with Firefly came pinging onto my phone as I attempted to navigate the school summer fair.  Picture me with four kids, three plant pots and a bag of assorted purchases, trying to make sense of the tweets that were streaming onto my phone. (Small pause while I let…