What a wonderful gesture


I’d like to thank Smitha at Silver Linings for nominating me for this award. I’m fairly new to the blogging world so when I received my nomination I had to check twice to see that I had read it correctly! Smitha and I “met” whilst completing the Napowrimo challenge, recently. During which time, she sent wonderful words of support and encouragement, for which I am eternally grateful. Her posts on Silver Linings are uplifting and very touching, please visit her beautiful blog and see for yourself. The way she presents her work is a masterclass to us all; Silver Linings Smitha V

So here is what I must do now I’ve been nominated for the award;


  • Thank the bloggers who nominated you and share their links.
  • Nominate at least 10 bloggers for the award and provide links to their blogs. Also, inform them about the nomination.
  • Reveal 7 facts about yourself that your readers may not know.


7 Fun Facts about me:



  • I once met Prince Charles (sadly it was his first public appearance after the death of Princess Diana) to lighten the mood, he asked me if he was delaying our lunchtime by being there. I replied “Yes, there will be a stampede to the restaurant once you’ve gone”. He laughed; nice man.


  • I went to the same school and drama class as Julie Hesmondhalgh, who played Hayley in Coronation Street. The school was in Accrington, where Jeanette Winterson OBE, author of “Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit” grew up. If anyone is interested in how life in a Lancashire Mill Town was in the 1970’s, read her later book “Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal” it’s scarily accurate. I thought I was reading my life story!


  • Comedian Jim Bowen presented my High School Awards in English Literature to me when I was 12 years old. He shook my hand and said his famous catchphrase “Super, smashing, great.”


  • I was filmed by the BBC on a trip to the local tip. My partner and I were clearing out the remains of a kitchen ceiling. I had cement dust in my hair, dirt on my face and was wearing my scruffiest clothes, when a cameraman thrust his camera into our faces and asked if we would be interviewed. Of course we agreed! (Check out “Money For Nothing” on BBC iPlayer episode 9). 

Original Windsurfing regattas & photos


  • I had to be rescued by a speedboat off the coast of The Isle Of Man, in the North Sea, whilst learning to windsurf. I stood on the board, lifted the sail and the wind carried me out to sea. I didn’t know how to stop it, I was too scared to let go, the wind kept blowing and off I went.


  • I have a Children’s Picture Book due to be published on 7th September 2017, which I wrote whilst on a creative writing course called “Learn To Write Like Roald Dahl”. It isn’t in the Dahl league but a local publisher liked it enough to take a chance on publishing this yet unknown writer, and to them I am forever grateful. It’s a dream come true.

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  • My final fact is a cheat; two facts rolled into one: I have two beautiful children whom I adore and a very handsome fiance who is my world… and I live by the following rule “Always believe something wonderful is about to happen”… and do you know what? It always does.


My Nominees:

The Laughing Housewife




Thank-you again Smitha, just as your name says, you made me smile xxx




From new girl to “writer”

A creative breakthrough at my local writing group; promotion from “new girl” status to “meeting chair” albeit for one session only (for now, but I can dream!)


Is this validation that my writing and knowledge has reached a point worthy of sharing with other writers? If so, couldn’t be more thrilled!

Last year, I joined a writing group; Stockport Writers, based at the very beautiful Stockport Hatworks Museum. We meet once a month to write with various prompts to help stir the creative juices. 


One of the charms of this writing group is it’s ever-changing attendee list. Some group members have been attending since the group first formed, others have joined over the past year; some new members are just beginning their writing journey.

Each writer has their own unique skill set, genre, preferred writing style. From the impact of short stories, to the challenge of a novel, everyone has their own path. Whether editor or poet, college student or student of life, who writes purely for the pleasure in doing so, all are welcome. It’s a magical mix.

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Each month, a writer leads the group through the session; from free-writing warm up, to a reading of last month’s homework (or any other piece) through to the use of prompts, followed by more readings, and finally the closing prompt or exercise to close.

When I was asked to step up to the role at next month’s meeting, I was honoured to do so. It’s an absolute privilege.


Now all I need to do is come up with a plan of what topics we can cover. Errrrmmmmm…

Any ideas from fellow writers? 

I’ve just got back from meeting my publisher…


I like to say that.

I will take every opportunity to say that.

I do not apologise for being ecstatic that I can say that!


During a very civilised conversation over a cup of tea at the fabulous Cloudberry Cafe, Marple, my publisher and I

(oops! I did it again) discussed the upcoming marketing strategy for my new book. 



I am so excited I may spontaneously combust – stand well back!

Talking for 2 hours about all things bookish, is an absolute pleasure. 


Watch this space over the coming weeks for details.

My face is literally aching from smiling so much.  

I will be ordering my own book from Amazon because I can.

I will be ordering my book from Waterstones because I can. 

Ouch! My cheeks hurt.