Publication day

It’s publication day for The Companion! I am now officially a published author and Billy and Anna’s story is out in the world. I will be celebrating later with rhubarb gin and prosecco cocktails. Yesterday I had a lovely trip to London. I signed 50 copies of The Companion at Goldsboro Books, who specialise in […]

The Launch!

‘The Companion’ was launched last night in the chapel at the wonderful Birchcliffe Centre in Hebden Bridge.  With the help of family and friends the room was decorated with bunting, vintage tablecloths and china and posies of flowers in jam jars. The soundtrack to the 2004 film De-Lovely completed what I hoped was an evocation […]

I met my book!

So, on Saturday I met my book! Like many moments on my journey to publication it wasn’t quite how I had imagined it. I thought it would be a private moment at home, when a parcel arrived from my publisher. But on Saturday morning I left the house before the postman, and the parcel arrived. […]

Interview in the Yorkshire Post

My first author interview about The Companion is featured in today’s Yorkshire Post. I really enjoyed talking to the journalist Yvette Huddleston about the inspirations for my novel and the writing process. She describes The Companion as “an engaging and totally compelling mystery… a real page turner, and beautifully crafted”. I have of course bought, […]

Pictures and Pins

The desk where I do most of my fiction writing is also the desk at which I work as a TV quiz question setter and verifier. Switching from one mode to the other can be tricky. To help me dive back into the world of my novel I have a pinboard covered with photographs and […]

Location, location…

Anyone familiar with the Calder Valley in West Yorkshire and its history will recognize the inspiration for some of the places in The Companion. In particular Potter’s Pleasure Palace and Ackerdean Mill, whose fictional location and history was inspired by the real-life Gibson Mill in Hardcastle Crags near Hebden Bridge. My love for the Crags […]