Thank you for visiting my website.  This is where I share my writing life with my lovely readers, all the other writers who sustain me and anyone else who just happens to be passing by.

I am thrilled to have a writing website.  Like all the women I know in my life, young and old, I have a multiplicity of roles. I am personally – and in no particular order – novelist, wife, daughter, mother,  journalist, cleaner, laundry maid, cook, bottlewasher, finder of lost items, taxi driver, purveyor of food to be disdainfully ignored (the cat), provider of chews, ear jiggling and walks (the dog, who is at least pathetically grateful for any attention at all) and a hopelessly long list of other functions, big and small, which I juggle continuously and largely unsuccessfully every day. With clients, kids, elderly parents and pets to look after my poor husband barely gets a look-in. He occasionally complains, the dog gets more attention than he does but – as I point out in reply – she’s considerably more persistent than he is. And cuter.

I do love my writing though… I’ve been taking every opportunity I can get to disappear into a world of my own for years. My life in Sussex inspires me to write feel-good books about subjects that I find endlessly fascinating, moving and funny i.e. people, how they think and the things they do to each other – all in a beautiful setting, of course, with proper intelligent heroines, hunky heroes and happy endings.

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Poppy Alexander
Poppy Alexander
We have a thing in the UK, where writers get paid a few pence every time someone borrows their book from a library. The PLR ((Public Lending Right) is paid to authors in January soooo - THIS YEAR the amount is really rather pleasing. It states the obvious, but writers need readers and we are so grateful (and surprised) when we see our words have been read by really quite a lot of people. The book that's been borrowed the most is actually one I wrote as Rosie Howard:

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I have had such a nice day... I've walked the dog, had a boiling hot bath, read a book, lit the fire and now I'm about to Zoom some friends with a G&T. Basically, #COVID can do one.

Reading @IsabelAshdown #33Women in front of the fire and loving that MY little Sussex village gets a namecheck.

I have written 1,880 words - even though it's a non-writing day - and now I am going to a) have a bath, b) put on my onesie and c) read a book until someone complains about wanting supper.

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