Thursday, 28 November 2019

Difficult to Write, Heart breaking to Read




Whilst, The Wendy House is fiction it covers a real and frightening event that continues to happen today. Even the soaps on TV are running story lines to help highlight and bring to our attention the nightmares that haunt children who have and are being abused.

Writing, The Wendy House, was extremely difficult and harrowing. And whilst all my characters and the events are fiction the reality is that much of the information about abuse was told to me by a person whose life is crippled with the memories of the abuse she had to live through.

I don’t argue that, The Wendy House is an easy book to read. It isn’t.
 It is about a beautiful family who trusted and loved.
It is about lies, fear and secrets.
It is about surviving against all the odds.

Turning each page will have you hesitating and wondering if you can carry on.
It will make you angry.
It will make you scream out.
It will make you weep.

Yet despite all of this, I do hope you will find the courage to read, The Wendy House. I know you will feel all the pain my character feels, but please would you give a kind thought to the brave person who told me so much about what had happened to her.
The Wendy House is dedicated to this very brave young lady.




The Wendy House is available in
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Thursday, 7 November 2019

Simply the Best!




“You know every time I hear this song from Tina Turner, I cringe, not because it's weird or anything like that, but it reminds me of our old neighbour’s birthday. Not that I was there, lordy, lordy, no! But my Mama was and believe you me you would cringe if you knew what she got up to, but let’s not go there for now. It’s not good for my street cred! Erasing that scene from my brain, I’ve been thinking more about the words and have decided that this song is my Mama and sums her up perfectly.

“You can easily recognise her, or maybe I should say, you would hear her long before you spotted her. Not that she shouts or anything, she just giggles… a lot!

“When it comes to clothes, these days she has lots, but in the past her wardrobe would have fitted into a draw, which it did. But no amount of coat hangers she now has can change what she loves and that is anything that glitters; the more bling the better. I’m sure if she could wear one of those twiddling dance room balls, she would.  Before our World turned upside down, and believe you me it catapulted us out of the universe, Mama bought a dress from a charity shop. It was almost given to her because no one would buy it. The lady who worked in the shop said it was hideous, but my Mama thought it was the best thing she’d seen in years. I almost freaked out when she cavorted into the lounge, flinging her arms in the air, and crying out, “Da daaaaa…” Stunned, I stared. The dress was short and covered in purple sequins. I was speechless! The next day she wore it to a meeting at a posh bank we had to attend after everything had kicked off… (Sorry, I’ve been told not say any more about this, though I’m allowed to say, it’s all in The Birthday Card).



As well as giggling, my Mama smokes way too much, believe you me I wonder how my lungs still work with all the fog that fills our lives. I swear she’s kept Mr Greedy, (the corner shop) in tobacco business over the years.

During my Mama’s short life, she’s in her mid-thirties, a lot has happened, some ordinary stuff and some blow your mind stuff, but whilst she is a crazy, giggling scary Mama, she is my Mama and I love her to the moon and back, but don’t tell her as she’ll go all weird and want to cuddle and kiss me…. Gross! I’m seventeen for goodness sake!

She sang this song, using an empty beer bottle for a microphone after leaping onto the neighbour’s coffee table and belting it out at Jack’s birthday party. Thankfully I wasn’t there. So this is for you Mama because to me you are simply the best.


Simply the Best by Tina Turner



You can read all about, Doreen Wilkinson and her daughter, Trisha, in
The Birthday Card and Sometimes It Happens…




Available from all Amazon sites…

*Warning* You might find yourself laughing out loud or worse giggling far too often.



Saturday, 2 November 2019

Chill Award Newsletter



The latest news and Awards are in November's Newsletter from Chill Awards
Click HERE to catch up on which Independent Author received an Award in October