It’s a grey, rainy October day and I have neglected my blog for too long over a busy summer.
August started with a trip to the spectacular Isle of Mull, first going down to London then catching the Caledonian Sleeper train for an overnight journey to Glasgow.
Then another train to Oban and finally the ferry across to Mull.
I’ve wanted to visit Mull for a long time and it didn’t disappoint. It is stunningly beautiful and has wonderful wildlife. I was extremely lucky to spend an hour watching three otters fishing, grooming and playing and saw magnificent sea eagles many times.
I also visited Iona which is a ten minute ferry ride off the south west tip of Mull, and which is breathtakingly beautiful with white sand and clear waters more like a Caribbean island. Even its rocks are lovely.
A week wasn’t long enough to spend on Mull and I hope I’ll return one day.
Then it was home again and back to work doing the edits of ‘Secrets of the East End Angels’ and starting book three of the series.
I’m back from a weekend of lots of talking, laughing and learning at the annual RNA conference at Harper Adams university in Shropshire. It was great to catch up with friends and make new ones.
The talks and workshops were excellent and I’ve come home with my brain fizzing with information from learning how to build characters by digging deep down into their make up at Fiona Harper’s brilliant talk, to how to better revise and edit my work.
The Harper Adams campus was lovely with sheep grazing, swallows and house-martins flitting overhead, their mud nests full of chicks under the eaves and cawing flocks of jackdaws going to roost in the trees in the evening.
Thank you to the magnificent Jan Jones for her supreme organisation and to all those who helped and gave talks and workshops to make it such a fantastic conference.
Thanks to John Jackson for the photo of Wendy Clarke and me at the Gala Dinner.
I’m used to being by the sea and missed it while I was away, so it was wonderful to catch sight of it again near the end of the long train journey home.
There was much excitement and dancing around with delight when the postman delivered my first copy of the hardback edition of ‘East End Angels’.
It is utterly gorgeous and I love how they’ve designed it with the characters named on the back cover.
My publishers have been brilliant involving me with the cover from choosing the right models to represent the characters to feeding back on different designs.