When I grow up I want to be…

When I was little and people asked me “what do you want to be when you grow up?” my answer was I wanted to stay at home and look after my parents. I was clearly a child with limited ambition! When I was at school I had no idea what I wanted to be. The expectation… Continue reading When I grow up I want to be…

Mental health and the creative mind

The 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory may seem like a strange place to find writing inspiration, especially on the subject of mental health. This year is the centenary of Roald Dahl’s birth and following the recent death of Gene Wilder, his interpretation of Dahl’s famous character was shown on TV over the weekend. There… Continue reading Mental health and the creative mind

Creativity shared

I love writing. I love putting words on the page, creating something new from my own imagination and sharing it with others. But lately the creativity has been rather constrained. Constrained by the editing process which you know I love so much. Not. For the past few months I have been slowly and sporadically editing my latest novel, Marnie… Continue reading Creativity shared

The call of the wild

There is something about camping. Something about living under a canvas ceiling and sleeping in a sleeping bag. Something that you either love or you hate! The Wallace family spent two weeks touring around Europe in our tent over the summer and I’ve enjoyed (almost) every minute of it and this weekend we’re camping with… Continue reading The call of the wild