Does anyone else believe in signs that the universe is telling you, you need to do something. I think this goes a bit along the lines of people come in and out your life for a reason and things happen for a reason….

When I was coming to the end of my last insurance module and I was thinking that I want to write again, the book man at work delivered a creative writing book! Though I looked at it and it was for kids, the creative writing group had also come up that I was attending.o

So fast forwarding a bit I recently learned that the care taker at Alex and Melanie’s school used to be a police officer, today I also learned that someone I know through scouting is also a police officer. So hang on a minute I could ask them for help on / in my story..?

Then I was talking to a girl about blogging when I was doing the chocolate research (which I’m still doing)

Today I went to an event at Mansfield library and heard three female authors talk about their books as in part of the “Killer Women” event. I am prudently a bit like hang on there are signs that I should continue with writing because maybe it was meant to be!?

Sitting there listening to these amazing women today, one of them Mel talked about children and the phycology around their behavior and I am sat thinking I wish I could learn about that. Erin Kelly talked about going along to rape cases to research for her latest book “he said she said” and I kinda wish I could research stuff but I generally have no idea where to start. Do I pluck up the courage to ask the two police officers I accidentally know, I don’t know how I can research the MI5 angle but still.

I also have another batch of authors I am interested in pursuing which doesn’t help my list of books I want to read.

There just seems to suddenly be all these signs, and though I am feeling regret (maybe not the right word) that I wish I could of studied child behavior or be a research assistant on a big study. There seems to be signs in my life that I should continue writing and though I didn’t get approached yesterday for this pitch thing, it’s only the beginning and maybe this is all worth something!?


Book Review

The Girls Next Door (Detective Eden Berrisford, #1)The Girls Next Door by Mel Sherratt

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I purchased Mel Sherratt’s “Girl Next Door” after winning a copy of her new book “Don’t Turn Around” and wanted to start the series at the beginning.

The “Girl Next Door” is a multi layed story that keeps you reading to the very last page so you can find out what happens to everyone involved. Each person’s story is entwined with one another. You think you have figured it out but them wham comes the shock that it is not all that it seems. At times in the story I felt like I was Eden the main character of this series trying to figure out what was happening through her eyes.

The main focus of this book is Eden’s family in particular her sister and her daughters, though we do learn some of Eden’s back story I suspect that this will come in future books and look forward to learning more about the other characters, I do hope that Eden’s family members don’t continue to be the centre of the story but only time will tell.

I really enjoyed this book and will be recommending it to friends and work colleagues and very much looking forward to reading “Don’t turn around”

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Writer problems.

My Main Character (MC) is now back with MI5 so she isn’t an issue (yet)

Her husband is about to get arrested for d&d and end up spending the night in the cells

The police officer (DI) who is investigating my MC disappearance, is getting to the point where he knows the MC got off said bus in Nottingham. and I suspect they will get pulled off the case because my MC doesn’t look like she is in trouble / kidnapped. And they can’t keep tracking camera all the way around Nottingham having tracked her this far, if it doesn’t look like she is in trouble!

So where do I go with the husbands story and the DI? As I know where I ma going with my MC…

Help!? I have chocolate!

Writing, Death and other things


So I have entered two competitions recently and I thought that now my stuff is submitted I will share with you my efforts.

The first one was on the subject of Journys and was for the Derby Book Festival it was 50 words and I made several attempts at trying to write something suitable that wouldn’t be deemed to personal so in the end I went with…

The number 22 bus, the smell of stale alcohol and chips after a night out, the smell of body odour on a hot summers evening or aftershave on the way to work, the smell of fresh pine disinfectant of a newly clean bus, how I love the number 22 bus

Then today with thanks to help from a fellow writer and inspired by my daily traveling in a lift for work. This was a 150 words

Love in an Elevator (maybe not the best titled)

I see her everyday as she walks into the elevator. Her shoulder length hair. The wavy dark brown eyes that look straight through me. Those seconds we share together before she leaves me stood in her cloud of expensive perfume as jealousy takes control. Every evening when we all rush to leave I push myself against her in the packed elevator. I’m so close I can almost taste her. Whenever I push too close she’ll look at me with those twinkly eyes and share a joke. She will never suspect anything because I’m just the friendly cleaning lady that she sees every day. I will bide my time and wait for that day when we are alone and I know no one will disturb us. Then I shall drive a knife into her back and carry her into a disused office where she will never be seen again.

Now I am going to attempt to write some more of my “other” WIP that is circulating 50,000 words!



So I have MS (Multiple sclerosis) its such a great illness I can’t even spell it

Today I went to Oxford (108miles each way) to take part in some research to see if Coco can improve fatigue and I am sat in bed having been up since 5am waiting for Frozen to finish so my daughter goes to sleep! So anyway by the end of the week I will be drinking hot chocolate in the morning to see if it helps, so fingers crossed on that one. But I met someone who really inspired me today.

She kinda made me wish I could be a research assistant! and also she said that I should continue blogging and just write what ever (haha) so here we are AGAIN!

We have had a family death which came as a bit of a shock to all concerned! Esp as I get a call at work on Friday telling me I need to come home so I can get Melanie from school. So thats been hard, on two accounts I am supporting my husband and children in some degree while feeling it myself! But I guess it’s a bit like when Andrew’s best mate dieded.

my story seems to be at a stand still 😦 I am still in my three month period to whether I will be accepted by my chosen mentor…) maybe I am better off dictating it!But I’ve just not had the time to do anymore dictating… So maybe tomorrow..

Anyways enough rambling



Book Review!

Watch me by Angela Clarke!

Stop the bus I want to get off!!!!

Another rollercoaster ride from Angela Clarke!! Just make sure you remember to breathe!

The story starts were the last one left off, what happened to Freddie and Nas after the end of follow me?

What appears to be a suicide isn’t all that it seems. When the boss’ sister and Internet personality disappears the team receive a disturbing message the race is on. But this can’t be Nas and Freddie’s fault can it?

Do you know what is happening to the last photo you put online? Or that message you sexted? This story will make you think twice about doing it again!!

Another masterpiece can’t wait for the next installment!!

Most Definitely Insecure

insecure-writers-support-group-badgeHad a shit day in my real life job, away from the novel writing and volunteer work I manage to fit in. Then there were issues coming home with public transport and fires I at last arrive home as my hubby goes out of the door to work telling me he won’t be home on time as he is going out for a drink with his mate. CHEERS love. So sat the kids in front of a film, made and ate my re cooked dinner and now I am sat here. Grumpy! Anyway on with the show

How has being a writer changed your experience as a reader?

For me reading has inspired my writing, I have learn some of the tricks that some of my favorite authors use to hopefully improve my writing. Plus reading their blogs for example Rebecca Bradley’s series on writing crime has given me some tips, also when I am writing I often go back to passages in previous books read to make sure I have the right terminology. For example when they are IDing the body in my current project. The other problem I also have is for example Mark Edward’s last book in my opinion wasn’t as good as his previous ones, but did I not enjoy it because from experience of his other stuff I knew some of the things weren’t really happening so to speak. One example of this is Caroline Mitchell’s The silent twin. I was too busy thinking of it can’t be person a, it can’t be person C so it must me her and I was right. Which lead to me not enjoying the book as much as if I had let it flow!?

I am currently ploughing through my current project, I have no structure (don’t let my creative writing class here that) I have no idea were it is going! and I keep inventing new characters to add into the mix and I haven’t even got the full cast list as I know there are still some characters to come! The joys of writing a!