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Encouraging Reluctant Readers

I recently had an article published on 'How to Encourage Reluctant Readers' on the Advice for Parents section of Simply Learning Tuition (a London based tutor-company). Click here to have a read of it!
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Lucy Paget: Living Bravely and Creatively

It is hard to know how to describe Lucy Paget, so wide-ranging are her skills. Perhaps polymath would be the best word for her: Writer, Osteopath, Business Owner, Yoga teacher, Nutritional Herbalist, Chef...the list goes on. Lucy has helped…

Rabindranath Tagore: Nobel Literature Prize Winner from the past

After this year's shock announcement that no Nobel prize for Literature will be awarded in 2018 due to a sexual harassment scandal (when, oh when will these scandals cease? I suppose when the perpetrators are all exposed, and that could…
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Want to help me write a novel?

As you probably know, I'm travelling round India right now with my husband and three kids (familygappers.com)and lots of people have been asking me, will your next novel be set in India and based on your experiences? The short answer is no,…
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Speaking to students in India

Well, I have left Nairobi and I am now in India for 6 months, travelling with my family! For more on our Indian travelling adventures, take a look at our website and blog, familygappers.com. We even have a vlog which you can subscribe to on…
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Part 2 of my Self-Publishing Journey: Confession Time!

Ok, time to 'fess up and give you the second instalment of how I've been getting on since I last wrote about my new adventures in self-publishing. (Click here in case you missed that post). First off, my 'beta reader', in other words, my trusted…
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'The past is never dead.' Inherited trauma in real-life and in my writing

"The past is never dead. It's not even past." William Faulkner, from Requiem for a Nun Is it possible for behaviours to pass from one generation to another? We all know about genetic inheritance and the chromosomal DNA that is received from…
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Move over Valentines, International Book Giving Day, here we come!

We all know that February 14th is Valentine's Day, but probably far less of us are aware that it's also International Book Giving Day. Never heard of it? Well, despite being in its sixth year, I put my hands up and say that neither had I until…
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Tracy Rees: Catching a dream and soaring to Richard & Judy bestseller heights

I am absolutely delighted to welcome historical fiction author Tracy Rees on to my blog today. In 2015, Tracy won Richard and Judy's highly competitive Search for a Bestseller competition with her debut novel, Amy Snow and won hearts the…
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How a dyslexic child turned into a best selling author

I am delighted this week to invite author Sara Alexi onto my blog. Author of The Greek Village series, Sara's journey from child 'misfit' to bestselling author is astonishing, moving and deeply inspiring. What were you like as a child? As…