Welcome to my author website. It feels good to be able to call myself an author, something I have wanted to be since the age of ten when I was awarded second prize in a story-writing competition in my home town of Nottingham. My journey to publication took a while, forty-seven years to be precise, but I have now written the Liberty Sands trilogy, comprising of three full length novels filled with emotion, love, heartbreak and a little humour, a short story entitled Time for a Short Story, a 20,000 word novella called Christmas at Carol’s, and my most recent novel, Alice in Theatreland, set in the West End of London in 1976, which is more of a thriller with a hint of romance. If you would like a taste of my writing style you can download a free short story HERE-
These are all works of fiction with elements of people I know in the characters and some truth in the plots but if I hadn’t written my first book, a memoir entitled One Hundred Lengths of the Pool, published by Random House imprint, Preface Publishing, in March 2013, I may never have gone on holiday to Mauritius and had the inspiration for the first book in the trilogy, Life’s a Beach and Then…
Just over two years after conceiving the idea, book one of the trilogy was born in May 2015. It was very gratifying for my debut to reach #28 in the Amazon Romance chart, particularly as an independent author without a major publisher’s marketing department behind me. My goal was to have all three books in the trilogy released within in a twelve month period which I now realise was a little ambitious when you are also holding down a full-time job. I missed my own self-imposed deadline by eight days but I didn’t want to rush the conclusion of the story. All of the books in the trilogy have received praise in the form of five star reviews but I realise these are opinions and one of the things I love about Amazon is the Look Inside feature which allows you to try before you buy, something I always do when experimenting with an author I haven’t read before.
My latest release, which was published as an ebook only in December 2017, is Christmas at Carol’s, and is the first time I have written in the first person. I really enjoyed ‘being ‘ Carol while I was writing, so much so that I am planning a sequel for next Christmas called Carol’s Singing. At a busy time of year, I appreciate that not everyone has the time to sit and enjoy a full-length book and personally I find myself having to re-read chapters if there has been a gap of more than a couple of days, making a 20,000 word novella much more manageable. Time for a Short Story was my first attempt at writing something more concise, also only available as an ebook currently. That was around 8,000 words but if you’re looking for something even shorter do download The Shadow of her Smile when you sign up for my monthly newsletter.