I’ve taken the huge decision to slow down. I’m close to retirement age, and life is calling me. After spending many happy years at my computer desk, turning out stories, I’m now ready for more fun and relaxation and less work.
Right now, I’m taking a break after publishing the final book in my Women of Wakefield series. My home town of Wakefield was, and still is, full of interesting characters, and the second world war is a setting I love to research and write about, but I’m ready for a change of pace.
If you’d like to read the first unedited chapter of my latest novel, you’ll find it here. Please don’t read this if you haven’t read the two previous books, Happiness for Hazel and Hardships for Hazel, as this might spoil the story for you. Don’t forget to let me know what you think. I always love to hear from my readers, my contact details are here.
I have had some wonderful feedback over the years, but over the holidays, I heard that my one and only real life drama, “It’s Penguin Shooting day,” is being considered for the reading list on a course for trainee nurses. I wrote this memoir using a diary I’d kept after my son-in-law had a car accident and was badly injured. I travelled to Australia to help my daughter look after her baby girl while her husband was being treated. The story is harrowing in places, but funny and filled with hope too.
Reviews for “It’s Penguin Shooting Day,”
5 star book, loved every minute of it. Will recommend to family, friends and work mates. Couldn't put it down. Excellent read
Really easy to read, providing an interesting account of the first few weeks/months following a severe brain injury. Told from the family's perspective it is emotional and heart-warming. A must read for all professionals who work with patients with brain injury as it gives an honest account and provides valuable insight into their experiences after such a life changing event event.
I found it really interesting to read. I have a different type of brain injury but I can identify with a lot of it. Well written, easy to read so difficult to put down.
As you can imagine, I was thrilled to hear the news that book is being considered as recommended reading for trainee nurses. However, I’m a big believer in fate, coincidence, serendipity, or whatever you’d like to call it, and a few days after hearing this wonderful news, I came across the diary I had written more than 15 years ago, when my mum was diagnosed with lung cancer. There’s another memoir ready and waiting to be turned into a book, but I’ll need a large dose of courage to revisit that time in my life. It seems the heavens are encouraging me to open up and tell her moving story, so watch this space.