I'm an author of contemporary fiction.
I write stories that move you... to new places, new feelings and new ideas.
My books feature quirky characters, twisting plots and more than a few gentle laughs.
Here's what readers say:
"A masterful collection of short stories bound together by the theme of travel, but actually embracing just about every important theme in literature - love, death, motherhood, marriage, etc. - in deftly woven, well-timed tales that had me gripped."
"Absolutely loved it. A brilliantly written short story that provides excellent characterisation and sense of place together with an underlying theme of great sadness well handled."
"As someone who hasn't really enjoyed the short story genre until now I love the way this author writes. Her characters come to life immediately and leave me wanting to know more about them, all of them!"
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Nine Women: Short Stories
My most recent collection of short fiction is Nine Women: Short Stories. In these short stories, you experience life as a woman at nearly all ages - from a young girl through to a resident of a nursing home. The main characters are all female, but that's nearly all that these strong women have in common.
Stand by for the blurb...
This book has nine lives. Nine female lives. Nine women at various stages of their lives, facing various problems of varying descriptions and magnitudes
See what sisterhood really means to a hopefully optimistic ten-year-old in The Girl Who Would Be King. Learn just how many times the course of true love fails to run smoothly in Together, Apart, before discovering what Stephen King has to do with one young woman's passionate summer fling. In Balloons you can lie on a beach with a heavily pregnant woman who is thinking about the men she has loved and lost and in That's What I Want to Say you hear all the things one woman wants to say but rightly or wrongly, she doesn't. It's Just a Smile is all about one activity many women enjoy, people watching, and Leaving Rotterdam takes you back over 130 years to a time when women were seen and not heard... at least in public. And finally you will discover how age truly strengthens a woman as a widow's heart tries to heal in The Pink Flowers and when good and bad old memories are revisited in Tell Me a Story.
Nine Women: Short Stories is a collection of moving stories which takes a long, slow look at what it means to be born a woman, to grow up as a woman and to live a variety of lives as a woman.
The Wait (Novella)
Unlike anything else I've ever written, The Wait is a fast-paced and gritty suspense story about an unusual and unexpected side of London's criminal underworld.
It's Friday night in a London hospital's busy A&E ward. Waiting to be seen is Conrad Douglas, a 48 year old man who is bleeding from a nasty cut above his right eye and sitting on a small mountain of secrets.
Who is Conrad? What's he doing in A&E? How did he get hurt? And who's the man sitting next to him who refuses to leave? These are the questions that The Wait answers... and more.
London Eyes: Short Stories
London Eyes is a collection of thought-provoking fiction set in and inspired by the world's most popular, and some say greatest, city, London.
It is available as an ebook for Kindle from Amazon. It's free to download if you have an Amazon Prime account.
Or buy the paperback from the following Amazon stores: UK * USA * Germany * France * Spain * Italy * (Or internationally from CreateSpace)
Meet the Wizard of Elephant & Castle who stirs a secret ingredient into the cocktails he serves in his bar, follow Georgina in The Tourist as she goes on her first bus tour of the city... after twenty-one years of living in London, and find out how and why one young woman uses the busy streets of the City of London to disappear in An Invisible Girl. In A to Zed two truanting teenagers find out more about a Shepherd's Bush gangster than they expect, and in Angel you begin to understand the lengths some people go to to avoid loneliness in London. Travel across the capital's vast metropolis as you learn the reasons why Mick is London's most flirtatious cabbie in Keep the Change, and discover what it is that keep The Ghosts of London Underground trapped in the abandoned Tube stations below us.
London Eyes is a collection of short stories for the Londoner, the London-obsessed, or the one time visitor who dreams of returning.
Night Bus is the first story from London Eyes, a collection of short fiction inspired by London, available for FREE on Amazon and Kobo.
Tilde O'Hara is an English woman with Irish parents and a Swedish name.
Tilde O'Hara lives in London with two cats who don't like her very much.
Tilde O'Hara has a job she loves, a gay best friend she loves and a maisonette she loves, albeit really a bed-sit.
One night Tilde O'Hara meets an old woman on the number 94 bus and everything changes.
Night Bus is a gentle and thought-provoking short story about dreams, love and the strange things that happen when you get the number 94 night bus in London.
Shy Feet: Short Stories Inspired by Travel
Shy Feet: Short Stories Inspired by Travel is a collection of twelve quirky, charismatic and touching tales of travel.
Shy Feet takes you on a journey around the world, from the tropics of Thailand, down the busy streets of Barcelona and along the pebbled beaches of Brighton & Hove. There is the inquisitive Ruth who tells the story of the Lost Children of Gatwick Airport. In The Flowers Sleep Tonight, we meet Thomas and Carly, two solo travellers whose paths keep crossing... because that's exactly what Thomas wants. The Runaways tells the story of a spontaneous plan to elope and Homes from Homes is about the lessons Patricia learns from the hotel bellboy she has a fling with. All the Beaches are Made of Pebbles sees extracts from a travel journal tell a woman's life story and find out what the Australian Outback has to say about Claudia leaving her husband in The Road is Long.
Shy Feet is available now on Amazon (paperback or ebook) and on Kobo. You can read some reviews here.
See the Amalfi Coast
See the Amalfi Coast is one of the twelve short stories published in Shy Feet. You can read it for free!
This is the story of Martin, a 50-something year old Yorkshireman with a penchant for swearing and making model aircraft in his shed.
Martin is in love with Naples and Campania, a corner of Italy famous for Pompeii, pizza and the mafia. But with a family to provide for and a redundancy to deal with, Martin has never made the journey to this part of the world he's so fascinated by. Until today… which of course begs the question, why now?
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