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A new adventure

A few weeks ago, I mentioned I was going on an overseas trip (you can read the post here). The prospect is very exciting and incredibly daunting, especially as I am just 3 weeks away from departure! This blog is going to take a slight detour as I prepare to leave Australia and travel theContinue reading “A new adventure”

The ‘Lacey’ bits.

Hi Everyone Meet Francesca. Francesca is of English, Australian and Mauritian heritage and lives in Nottingham, England, right in the middle of the country. Francesca’s just discovered a secret that will change her life forever. A secret so precious that her favourite Aunt kept it hidden in a false wall inside her house. Now it’sContinue reading “The ‘Lacey’ bits.”


If it’s one thing writers need a lot of, it’s space and time to think. Your ability to find the time and space you need will depend very much of your circumstances. Finding that time might be as simple as taking the dog for a walk, or as complex as carving out extra hours inContinue reading “Inspiration!”

Dealing with rejection

At some point in every writer’s life an email will pop into your inbox. Somewhere in those few lines, there might be the words ‘unfortunately’ or ‘not for us’ and a little piece of your heart will break. Being a writer means being able to deal with rejection. We all know it but it doesn’tContinue reading “Dealing with rejection”

First things first!

Want to take on a difficult, challenging, insecure, but ultimately rewarding task? Have you thought of writing a book? If you’re just embarking on the journey, I’d like to share some of my thoughts and experiences with you. If I can help you or inspire you to believe in your own stories, then this blogContinue reading “First things first!”

The Cloud Captains

Once upon a time when I first dreamt of being an author, I wrote stories for children, mostly middlegrade fiction. Many of them were terrible, as most early writing is, but I loved to make stories just because I could. I wrote about soulful children who had tragic lives, about sailing and deserts and farawayContinue reading “The Cloud Captains”


What do you think of when you hear the word, ‘BOOTCAMP’? Do you think of this: Or this: But what about this: It might surprise some people that, yes, there is such a thing as a writer’s bootcamp! Ok, so we might not be exercising our physical bodies, we might not be sweating, and weContinue reading “Bootcamp!”


It’s been a while since I posted. Life gets in the way but I hope you’ll enjoy this new blog post! I’ve been working hard on a new novel. I’m really excited about this one. I’ll tell you some more about it in a little while, but first some news. I’m releasing a middle-grade novelContinue reading “Work-in-Progress”


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