Confessions of a Book Nerd. artoon character with glasses reading a book.

Confessions of a Book Nerd

I’ve been a book nerd ever since I learnt to read. Even before I learnt to read, as my mother read to me from the time I was six months old, so it’s all her fault.As a child, my favourite activity was to curl up on the couch with my head in a book, while […]

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Badass women - why they're more fun. woman with gun

Badass Women – Why They’re More Fun

Who doesn’t love a red-blooded, shoot from the hip badass woman? One who’ll entice you with sweet words and bedroom eyes, only to pull a gun on you as soon as you turn your back. Men love them because there’s something so sexy about a woman who takes control into her own hands, and women […]

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Three Reasons to Love Noir

Three Reasons To Love Noir

If you’ve been following my blog for a while or read some of my books, you’ll probably be thinking, ‘She loves noir? But she writes comedy!’ Or even, ‘What is noir?’Noir is French for black and there are many definitions of noir fiction. Google defines it as ‘a genre of crime film or fiction characterized […]

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Five top benefits of being a mature age author

Five Top Benefits Of Being A Mature Age Author

​With Queen Elizabeth turning 90 recently and still looking pretty spry, it got me thinking that one of the secrets to healthy aging has to be a sense of purpose, a reason to get up in the mornings. In the case of the Queen, she has commitments – speeches to make, buildings to open, medals […]

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Five reasons to have a messy desk

Five Reasons To Have A Messy Desk

​What do I have in common with Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg?No, it’s not that I’m a genius, though it’s very kind of you to suggest it.You’ll never guess so I’ll tell you: we all have messy desks. Or in the case of Albert and Steve, had messy desks. There’s a lot of […]

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To swear or not to swear

To Swear Or Not To Swear – That Is The Fecking Question

The use of profanity in books has always been a controversial question. Readers range in attitudes from not being in the least bit concerned to finding it offensive and refusing to read books containing swear words. Mention the subject to any group of authors, and you’ll end up in a lively discussion as to the […]

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My Five Reading Pet Peeves

My Five Reading Pet Peeves

In a book I was reading recently, it got to the bit where the couple were in a clinch and things were hotting up. As they were kissing, she ‘felt his nature rising.’Seriously? I’ve read a lot of coy phrases describing erections, but that was a first. It somehow reminded me of being in a […]

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Twelve Things Never To Say To A Writer

Twelve Things Never To Say To A Writer

Occupation: otherNow that I’m a full-time author I can legitimately write it on official forms that ask me for my occupation – although for those that give you a category to select, author is never there. Not even writer or anything writing-related. So I have to choose ‘other’ or ‘self-employed’, which are vague and bland […]

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How the best laid plans can go awry

How The Best Laid Plans Can Go Awry

Don’t you just love a fresh start – a blank sheet of paper in the book of your life to fill in as the year progresses? I always start each new year with curiosity and anticipation, wondering what it will bring.Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard said, ‘Life can only be understood backwards but it can only […]

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why you should get out of your reading comfort zone dog on towel with book

Why You Should Get Out Of Your Reading Comfort Zone

The words ‘comfort zone’ are bandied around a lot these days. Self-development experts are always telling us to get out of it. I like the sound of a comfort zone and the images it evokes – I picture myself curled up on my couch surrounded by books, chocolate and coffee, with a large sign nearby […]

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