Celebrating Publication After a Sad Year

Celebrating Publication After a Sad Year

My second book, Midlife Without a Map, is out now. It’s a year later than planned, so I am excited to share it with you. Last year was an incredibly sad year for my friends and family. After the death of my friend Hannah, I struggled to write anything. The pain and...
Overcoming My Writing Fears

Overcoming My Writing Fears

Fear is a friend and an enemy. It can protect us and keep us safe. But it can also keep us small, preventing us from stepping up and out. For many years, I let fear stop me from writing creatively. I was afraid of what people would think or say, and afraid of failure...
The Opposite of Radiant

The Opposite of Radiant

I was thirty-five when I realised that my face was ageing. I was playing with my then three-year-old niece, chasing her around the kitchen, scooping her up in my arms and pretending to drop her in the sink. It’s a little game we played regularly. I’m not sure how or...
Running to cope with grief

Running to cope with grief

It’s been a while since my last post. I’ve taken some time off after the death of my friend earlier in the year. It has been a very sad and difficult time, but I am getting back to writing. I’ve started with a piece for Stylist about how running is...
Inside Charlie’s Chocolate Factory

Inside Charlie’s Chocolate Factory

I stare at the blank page on my laptop and tap the keyboard gently with my fingers, waiting for the words to flow. Nothing happens. I type random letters, hoping if not for a flow, then at least a trickle. Fldkfjldsjflkdsjf Fjdlsfjds Still nothing. I reach for the cup...