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

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

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Three Reasons to Love Noir

Three Reasons To Love Noir

Why do I love noir?If you’ve been following my blog for a while or read some of my books, you’ll be wondering why I made that statement. You’ll be thinking: But she writes comedy and crime!’ Or even, ‘What is noir?’ Well, I’ll soon explain my three reasons to love noir. But first. Noir is French for […]

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Five top benefits of being a mature age author

Five Top Benefits Of Being A Mature Age Author

Let’s talk about 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 – […]

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Five Reasons To Have A Messy Desk

Who’d have thought a messy desk could be such an advantage?The Messy DeskWhat 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: It’s a messy desk.Or in the case of […]

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To swear or not to swear

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

To swear or not to swear?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 […]

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My Five Reading Pet Peeves

My Five Reading Pet Peeves

Reading Pet Peeves. Some things just make my blood boil.For example: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 […]

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Twelve Things Never To Say To A Writer

Twelve Things Never To Say To A Writer

What are the twelve things you should never say to a writer if you value your life?Now that I’m a full-time author I can legitimately write the word ‘other’ on official forms that ask me for my occupation.For the forms that give you a category to select, author is never there. Not even writer or […]

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How the best laid plans can go awry

How The Best Laid Plans Can Go Awry

Ever wonder how the best laid plans can go awry?All that work, effort and thinking going up in a puff of smoke.That describes this last year for me but never fear, hope is not lost.The Best Laid PlansWho doesn’t love a fresh start? A blank sheet of paper in the book of your life to […]

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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.Picture yourself curled up on my couch surrounded by books, chocolate and coffee, with a large sign nearby announcing ‘Warning – […]

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