St Albans. Literary Festivals 2014

We’ll be discussing Dangerous Territory at St Alban’s Literary Festival on November 9th 2014 How important is setting in the psychological thriller or crime novel? How does place impact on a character’s psychology? Can location become another ‘character’ in the novel? How do you choose your setting? Come along to hear all this and more … Read more

#mywritingprocess – Blog Tour

Blog tour The wonderful writer Susan Elliot Wright, (a fellow Simon and Schuster author) kindly invited me to be involved in this blog tour. You can find her honest account of the writing process, and read about her fascination with nature versus nurture, family, and mental health, at I love Susan’s writing. Her book … Read more

The writing process; Stranger than Fiction

Stranger than Fiction I don’t make a habit of peering through people’s letterboxes. But yesterday I was on one of my ‘walkabouts’, in search of images for a crime scene in my new novel, something sinister on the shore maybe, evidence of rubber gloves pulled off in a hurry, the use of ship’s rope washed … Read more

Novel writing and background reading

‘Should you,’ a writer friend asked recently, ‘read books that have similar themes to yours when writing a novel? Or does this mean you might be  influenced? Put off by the brilliance of the other person’s handling of the subject? Might you feel despondent that someone’s already had your idea? Inadvertently nick an idea and … Read more

Paperback Launch at Greenwich Waterstones The Darkening Hour

The launch of The Darkening Hour paperback will take place at Greenwich Waterstones, Greenwich Church Street SE10 on Thursday 30th January at 5.00 pm  The Darkening Hour set in Deptford and Greenwich explores the relationship between a radio presenter and her migrant domestic worker. There will be a reading, a talk on modern day slavery, … Read more

Cougar ou bord de la crise de nerfs!!! Sounds so much more dangerous in French

The French version of Tideline is getting lots of nice reviews from French critics. “On connaissait les “cougars”, ces femmes d’âge mûr sortant leurs griffes pour déniaiser des garçons-jouets bien plus jeunes qu’elles. Sonia, l’héroïne du premier roman de l’Anglaise Penny Hancock, est, elle, une quadragénaire qui pousse sa félinité un peu trop loin. Alors … Read more