Tuesday 31 August 2010

More from Fuerteventura....and breakfast

This is one of those images which I look back on (rather wistfully) - whenever I want to imagine myself in a Sheikh-type land. Actually, I'm about to run a Sheikh-type competition so

And this is pretty much my perfect breakfast: chilled and juicy pink grapefruit, strong black coffee and delicious bread - all served by someone other than myself! The sunshine and the distant view of the sea add yet another layer of enjoyment.

What was, or is your perfect breakfast?

Thursday 26 August 2010


It's the long Bank Holiday weekend and so I'm off to glorious Italia.
(Which is where I am photographed with my "children", this time last year).
Black and white photos can be so atmospheric, don't you think?

I think I've come up with a new plot for my next book - but will definitely garner some information while I'm over there.
What are you doing for the weekend?

Wednesday 25 August 2010


Just back from holidaying with my daughter in glorious Fuertevenura.

When I booked it, I thought it was a Balearic island (I really should have paid more attention to my geography lessons at school) and was very surprised (and excited!) to discover that it was actually one of the Canary Islands - and just 100 kilometres off the coast of Africa.
Which might explain the climate (hot all year round, but with a delicious breeze).
And the terrain....
The photo above shows the lush, tropical foliage.

While the interior was barren and sandy (lots of Sheikh material here!).
It was quite different to anywhere I'd ever been before - and gave me lots of inspiration.
So now I'm looking out at the rain falling on green leaves back in Winchester and wondering where you might have been recently, which has inspired you...?

Thursday 12 August 2010

You can see why they say....

sunsets are romantic.

Thanks, Dan - for sending this picture-perfect shot. Can you tell us where exactly it is so that I can fix the location in my mind (and perhaps use it sometime!). Does anybody live nearby? Are there shops? Roads? Trains?

As for romantic settings - does anybody have a favourite?

Tuesday 10 August 2010

NOTORIOUS! Talking about the past....

as well as my newest release - over on iheartspresents

Well, actually - it's a re-issue of two titles I wrote back in 2004.
Please come over and visit - even make a comment!

Wednesday 4 August 2010



Go on - you know you want to.....

Monday 2 August 2010


Here I am at Petworth House - pleased to be wearing my gorgeous Purple-Shoes-From-Paris. I've found another folly and am in reflective pose because my book is coming towards the end and I must deliver even more emotional punch.

I started thinking about famous endings to books and here is my favourite, from F. Scott Fitzgerald's Great Gatsby.
(I'm delighted that he seems to love ellipses and dashes as much as I do - and it still makes me shiver whenever I read it).

Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter — to-morrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . . . And one fine morning ——

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.

So what ending to a book has marked itself indelibly on your mind?