How to be an Unhappy Expat

In the last blog about my expat journey, A Week in Lagos, I'd reached the end of my time in Lagos and moved to Houston. You might think that after more than four years in Nigeria, living in the US would be a breeze, and in some ways, it was. In Texas, I had convenient shopping … Continue reading How to be an Unhappy Expat

Jennifer Harrold’s Mansfield Tree Change

Jennifer moved to Mansfield eight months ago. She fell in love with the town at first sight and is already active in the community. Read on to hear her tips for a successful transition to country life. Tell us a bit about your life before Mansfield. I lived in Montrose at the base of the … Continue reading Jennifer Harrold’s Mansfield Tree Change

DIY Project Two: Ski Coat Rack

Since spending time in Mansfield, my interest in re-purposing has come to the fore. So, when Barto mentioned a couple of old pairs of skis, I suggested they'd make a good coat rack. In my favour, Barto was too attached to the skies to let me mess with them, so he took charge of the … Continue reading DIY Project Two: Ski Coat Rack

The Perfect Time to Write

Have you ever wanted to write, but struggled to find the perfect time and place? Does the following sound familiar? I can't start work until I have the right __________ (fill in the blank: study space, computer, head space, time, other). Yes, it's hard to fit creativity into our busy schedules. Wouldn't it be wonderful … Continue reading The Perfect Time to Write

How JJ Campbell Reclaimed Her Voice

JJ Campbell's fascinating background includes jobs as diverse as hypnotherapist to video producer. Her first published novel, Reclaimed, is book one of the paranormal trilogy, The Immortal Trinity. The story of how it came about is an inspiring tale of women helping women. What did you want to be when you grew up? I was a … Continue reading How JJ Campbell Reclaimed Her Voice

The Winding Narrative Turns One

Today marks a year since I posted my first blog, so it's time to review progress. In my first year, I wrote 42 posts and nearly 30,000 words. Here are some highlights from The Winding Narrative: I celebrated a win in my writing journey when I signed with Michael Cybulski of NAC, see Five Reasons to … Continue reading The Winding Narrative Turns One

Kirsten Alexander, Novelist and Founder of Storymart

One of the joys of writing this blog is the opportunity to meet inspiring people who have fascinating real-life stories. Not only is Kirsten Alexander an accomplished novelist, but she is the instigator of Storymart, a unique short story subscription site which offers readers a source of great material and writers an paid opportunity to … Continue reading Kirsten Alexander, Novelist and Founder of Storymart

Kate Forster, Novelist and Founder of Ladybirds

This week, I had the pleasure of chatting with Kate Forster, best-selling novelist (women's fiction and young adult romance) and founder of The Ladybirds—Women Who Write Helping Other Women Who Write, a support network for female writers on Facebook, now over 1,500 members strong.  Kate charmed me with her honesty, grounded approach and a genuine … Continue reading Kate Forster, Novelist and Founder of Ladybirds

The Book Publishing Flowchart

This post is for my long-suffering non-writer friends who have endured my detailed explanations about the book publishing process. It is also for my writer friends who want to show their circle why they haven't published their book yet. In brief, the process is: write and edit the book find an agent the agent finds … Continue reading The Book Publishing Flowchart

The Case of the Mysterious Rose Saboteur

As you may know, Barto and I have invested in a country property near Mansfield. Barto is in big-kid heaven with grown-up Tonka toys such as a tractor, ride-on mower and log splitter, while I’ve become chief gardener. One of the previous owners planted a garden across the length of the house with 45 roses. … Continue reading The Case of the Mysterious Rose Saboteur