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Welcome to my Musings for Readers

If you enjoy reading, you’ll find snippets about my favourite books and authors, insights into my own work, special previews and news.

Inspired by Secrets

Inspired by Secrets

Inspiration is a fickle creature. It can be abrupt and blatant, experienced through intense life events and relationships, or it can lie buried deep, lurking in the shadows of the past and emerging...

Fuelled by Coffee

Fuelled by Coffee

From my study, which is located one floor above my kitchen, I can hear the faint click of the coffee machine as it advances through its reheat cycle. It reminds me that, amongst other things, my...

Age is a Number

Age is a Number

Nearly four weeks have passed since the launch of my book. I’ve visited over fifty bookstores, participated in writers’ panels and author events, chatted on live radio shows and podcasts, and...

Unboxed At Last

Unboxed At Last

I’ve spent the past ten years learning how to write fiction, which involved attending courses, writing numerous drafts, deleting chapters, writing more drafts, editing the plot and characters,...

Snapshots of Antonia

Snapshots of Antonia

I’ve discovered that the image of the striking woman pictured on the front cover of my book was created by fine-art photographer Dmytro Baev from Odesa, Ukraine. The woman is a real person, not an...

Sound On

Sound On

I recently listened to actors reading excerpts from my book, The Engraver’s Secret, and was asked to select my favourite voices with a view to using them for the audiobook. I was asked to describe...

Looking Forward

Looking Forward

As I think of the people, conversations, experiences and challenges that have filled my past year, I am grateful for the numerous times I have been inspired and encouraged. I am thankful for the...

Cover Reveal

Cover Reveal

One of my favourite flowers are striped tulips, which have featured in floral still life paintings since the sixteenth century, and starred in springtime garden displays around the world. I was...

Embrace Doing Nothing

Embrace Doing Nothing

When Leonardo da Vinci was painting The Last Supper in Milan’s Santa Maria delle Grazie, the Prior reportedly complained that Leonardo was spending too much time standing about, staring into the...

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