Two Great Author Events in Scotland and the Midlands: from Brechin, Angus to Kenilworth, Warwickshire

November 2021 for me has been an amazing month. In the last two weeks of November 2021 I’ve met so many exciting fellow authors at two fabulous book events. There has been a great sense of cameraderie, we have all deepened relationships or made new ones, discovered each other’s books, and we have sold ourContinue reading “Two Great Author Events in Scotland and the Midlands: from Brechin, Angus to Kenilworth, Warwickshire”

The stories of people who believe they have had strange experiences

Recently I visited one of the locations in my current work-in-progress, Illustrated Tales of Warwickshire to be published by Amberley Publishing in 2022. The subject matter of the book varies widely but is largely about curious events in the physical world, based in known fact; however, the first chapter is devoted to strange and spookyContinue reading “The stories of people who believe they have had strange experiences”

Snow in Warwickshire

Many of us love the arrival of snow – as long as it doesn’t last too long or lie too heavy or cause too much disruption… When snow falls it creates an immediate transformation. We see the familar scenes in a different light. And many also associate it with fun – snowmen, toboggans, slides andContinue reading “Snow in Warwickshire”

Magical light trail at Warwick Castle

On Wednesday 30th December at the end of the Covid year 2020, we visited the Light Trail at Warwick Castle. As a local resident I have long been a frequent visitor to Warwick Castle, and of course it features in my latest book Paranormal Warwickshire. Tonight the castle was especially magical. Merlin Entertainments really hadContinue reading “Magical light trail at Warwick Castle”

The Avon in a wild mood at the Saxon Mill Warwick

Many of us share a fascination with the power of nature, and we love to gaze at storms and mighty waterfalls and erupting volcanos and turbulent seas and raging rivers – as long as we are in a safe viewing spot, and not in the middle of them. And so we were among those drawnContinue reading “The Avon in a wild mood at the Saxon Mill Warwick”

Abbey Fields, Kenilworth – haunted by English history, natural beauty and happy memories

Here’s another of my haunted locations for Paranormal Warwickshire. Abbey Fields in Kenilworth is much loved by the local people and I have continuously visited this atmospheric place ever since my children were young. The ancient abbey ruins, the beautiful old church of St Nicholas and its enchanting churchyard, the view of Kenilworth Castle, theContinue reading “Abbey Fields, Kenilworth – haunted by English history, natural beauty and happy memories”

The Nature of Creative Inspiration and Practice – Inspiration from Hilary Mantel

Recently I watched and listened to Hilary Mantel speaking at an online event from the Stratford-upon-Avon Literary festival, following the publication this year of her two newest books The Mirror and the Light and Mantel Pieces. I loved what Hilary said about the process of writing.  It seems that she does not subscribe to theContinue reading “The Nature of Creative Inspiration and Practice – Inspiration from Hilary Mantel”

More early Reviews for Paranormal Warwickshire

I‘m delighted to share with you some more early reviews of my new book Paranormal Warwickshire. This one is from Kerrie, on her blog iloved readingthis.com. I am fascinated by ghosts and the paranormal and have a couple of books detailing the haunted places local to me as well as going on a very creepyContinue reading “More early Reviews for Paranormal Warwickshire”

Paranormal Warwickshire is Now Live!

I’m delighted to announce that Paranormal Warwickshire has now been released by Amberley Publishing. It was a very exciting moment when I received my box of books. Here’s an early review from fellow author and blogger Ritu Bhathal, who received an advance review copy: A fantastic book filled with tales of ghostly sightings across theContinue reading “Paranormal Warwickshire is Now Live!”

Paranormal Warwickshire Extracts Part 10: Leamington Spa

This is the tenth and final post in a series of ten posts which will take us up to the date of publication of my new book Paranormal Warwickshire, out from Amberley Publishing on 15th November. This richly illustrated compilation of strange tales from Shakespeare’s county can be pre-ordered now from all online bookstores, andContinue reading “Paranormal Warwickshire Extracts Part 10: Leamington Spa”