When I was about twelve I realised that the only way to succeed was to push oneself to the front of the crowd and announce your brilliance. Up until then I'd been waiting for someone to spot that I was a champion runner or a superb and moving actress (yes women actors were called actresses in those long ago days) or a budding best-selling author.

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So armed with this amazing new knowledge I did nothing. Being pushy didn't seem the right way to behave. Polite people put others first. Especially if they were female. I couldn't help it: in spite of recognising what I should do, I waited to be discovered. Waited. And waited. And now I've stopped waiting. This website is a shameless attempt to tell the world that I'm a writer.

My new novel and a collection of short stories are now available as paperbacks and ebooks.

The novel is called 'The Insides of Banana Skins' - and this is what it's about.

"London. 1960s. Drugs and Sex. Chaos and Squalor.

Sukey, eighteen, lost and uncertain, shares a crowded, shabby flat with Kitty, who becomes a stripper, with Malc, a drug dealer, and Jaz, a drama student with sexual identity issues. Bridie, who lives downstairs, sells sex to support her two kids. Readers are drawn into the heart of the sexual revolution as the flatmates face death, destruction and sex at its rawest. And, in tender moments, there is love, optimism, generosity and friendship.

The Insides of Banana Skins is authentic, haunting and shocking. It skilfully recreates an era of social turmoil, focusing on an eclectic group taking great risks in a time of liberation and change when traditional behaviour was being challenged. If you like stories about dangerous living you’ll love this novel. It should come with a health warning."

And here's a a little taster from the novel.

The story collection is called 'Dead is Dead and Other Stories'. Here's what a friend wrote about it.

"A gun goes missing, a boy is paralysed after sliding of the roof of his house, a father of two children decides to become a woman….

Dead is Dead is a stunning collection of eighteen intimate stories that hold a spotlight on relationships. The stories delve into the complicated, challenging and diverse incidents that make up everyday life. They are disturbing and unforgettable, and will leave the reader gasping and wanting more.

This is a complex and compelling read that will delight at every turn of the page."

Here's a link to the title story in my collection: Both books are available as paperbacks and ebooks from various Amazon sites, and as ebooks from most of the other sites that sell e-books, such as Barnes and Noble and Kobo books. They have both had some 5* reviews and ratings on Goodread.

If you live in New Zealand you can contact me - - if you would like to buy copies. The price is $20 + postage for 'The Insides of Banana Skins' and $15 + postage for 'Dead is Dead and other Stories'.

Another novel 'Archie's Daughter' was published on 5th August 2012 by reallybluebooks.com (no, in spite of the name, not a porn site but an excellent and discerning publisher of e-books). Sadly after several years of producing great e-books RBB decided to close down. Nonetheless Archie's Daughter is available from Amazon. So go to the Amazon, buy this and my other books, tell all your friends about it and ask them to pass the good news onto their friends. Here's the
Press Release written by my publisher, here's a section from the novel and I've listed below some of the places were you can read lovely reviews and other stuff on Archie's Daughter which, I'm happy to say readers seem to rate highly.

Links to reviews:
An interview on a UK mental health site
A Review by Bella-on-line
Reviews on Goodreads ADcover

More about me. Although English, I am now settled in beautiful New Zealand. (The photo at the botom of this page was taken from a nearby pub where my partner and I used to go for lunch.) I have also lived in Nigeria, Switzerland and France. I've had a number of careers: mother of two daughters, academic, IT consultant, bakery owner and manager, freelance journalist. Several of my short stories have been broadcast or published. I'm the joint fiction editor of takahé, a New Zealand literary magazine, and from time to time teach creative writing. I try to inspire my students, give them the so-called rules of producing fiction, encourage them to break these frequently and tell them that the only way to become a good or even great writer is by writing. If you'd like to get in touch to say nice things here is my email address:

Other places to visit, including websites where my stories have been published:

takahé magazine - takahe.org.nz
Storgy - The Strangeness of George/
Winamop - Living in the Dark
The Literateur - This Story has no Title
Winamop - Happy Birthday
Setu - Pen Knee
Jotters United - A Tiny Escape of Air
Number Eleven Magazine - Why Won't God Let Me Fly
Winamop - The Atheist and God
Setu - The Cleaner
Gold Dust - Waiting for the Sun to Shine Find it on page 35
Gold Dust - When Cordelia's Through Find it on page 10
Jotters United - Down in the Dungeon
Gold Dust - Hot August Find it on page 4

And finally, if you want to find an agent for your writing then I would recommend the following link
www.agenthunter.co.uk/list_agents.html This is the sister site of Writers Workshop - www.WritersWorkshop.co.uk

The Agent Hunter site gives masses of information about a whole heap of agents. You can also filter so that you list only those agents who are interested in particular genres, take email, want to build their list and so on.

You can also save your filtered searches. And then access them again. But this doesn’t work well.
  • It would be good if when you access your search the filters you selected were displayed. They aren’t.
  • It would be nice if you could update your filtered search. I can’t find a way of doing this. If you save it, a new filtered search is created.
  • You can give the same name to several searches. This is not useful. Once a name exists then saving with that name should update the original search (after a prompt).
This is a shame as if this worked properly it would make researching the agents so much easier. And there’s a wealth of information there. You have to pay for access, but the cost isn’t huge and could be well worth it.