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Those You Trust

9th November 2020 | By | No Comments

My inspiration

Two years ago, whilst on holiday in Crete, a group of us took a guided tour. Manos took us to his own family home, a sprawling set of inter-linked houses in the mountains. There we met his elderly mother, dressed all in black. She showed us her family photographs, and Manos translated as the old lady told us about her involvement in the Resistance movement, and showed us her precious pottery and ornaments that had been handed down for generations. We talked about many things, including the feud that had emptied a village of all its men not that many years ago. It was a magical afternoon where I was caught up in tales of bravery and recklessness. I learnt so much about Cretan customs and traditions that I just had to write a modern story which would capture the spirit and pride of the Cretan people, but relate it to an English woman on the cusp of a new life.

 

Crimefest 2016

5th June 2016 | By | No Comments

With a stimulating line-up of guest authors, I was looking forward to this year’s festival of crime. It was great to meet up with friends, and make some new ones. I go to Crimefest to link with other writers, but also to learn from the masters of the genre. Read More

Putting things in Place

29th April 2016 | By | No Comments

I set my first novel in Exeter, a beautiful city about twenty five miles from where I live. It’s a city small enough to feel friendly but large enough to support a bit of low-life murderous scum. One friend read my novel when it was a draft MS, fighting its way through several more drafts towards being a proper, finished book. Read More

The walk has it

16th March 2016 | By | No Comments

I twisted my knee the other week. My welly got stuck in the mud; my leg carried on walking, my knee didn’t. So I’ve been bandaged up and walking gingerly for the past few days. Which led me to looking at the way people walk and what it tells the writer about them. Read More