This is the little corner of my website where I share my thoughts and the day to day happenings of my life that lead to the stories I write. You’re always welcome here and I’d love to hear from you too.
Katy Carter 2!
Tuesday, 23 February 2016
Way back in 2010 I was lucky enough to have my first novel published by Orion. KATY CARTER WANTS A HERO was a book I had never actually expected to see the light of day. I wrote it for fun -
Wednesday, 10 February 2016
One of the most exciting things about being an author -
Wednesday, 3 February 2016
It’s strange how the world changes without you even noticing. Five years ago when KATY CARTER WANTS A HERO was published very little was said about ebooks and ebook rights -
Tuesday, 26 January 2016
I’m finishing Polwenna Bay 4: Treasure of the Heart this week. It’s been a fun book to write because it’s about a treasure hunt and I’ve had to spend a great deal of time trying to figure out the...
Well, Well, Well!
Sunday, 24 January 2016
I’m absolutely loving being back in England and even more so being in Cornwall. As much as I loved my time living in the Caribbean there is something so special about this small, green island -
Tuesday, 14th October 2016
At the moment I’m putting the final touches to the fourth instalment in the Polwenna Bay series: TREASURE OF THE HEART.
Wednesday 14th December 2016
My Latest Book.
Horses are a huge passion of mine and it’s always been a cherished dream to write a pony book. The result of this is CHANCES, my Young Adult pony book. Like Amber in the story, I grew up dreaming about having a horse of my own and lived for my riding lessons or time spent at the stables. That’s where any similarities end, though. Amber’s road certainly contains a great more obstacles than my own.
Before writing full time I was a teacher, a Head of Year and I also worked as part of a Child Protection team in a big secondary school. I draw upon a lot of my experiences of working with young people for this book and, although CHANCES is 100% fiction and very much in the pony story genre, I hope there’s truth here for readers of all ages, backgrounds and interests. Themes such as isolation, illness, misunderstandings, bullying, friendship, parents and children, being a young carer, responsibility and belonging run through the book alongside those of hope, trust and dreams coming true.
This is a novel which means a great deal to me. There are more adventures waiting for Amber, Harry and Drake and if enough readers enjoy CHANCES then I hope to write a sequel. I’m also aiming to donate a percentage of any profits the book makes to equine charities and I hope to begin with this one:
When you have read the book you’ll know why this is the perfect starting point.
CHANCES is published on December the 18th. You can buy it at: Amazon UK (click on the Image on the right)
and also at Amazon.com
What an incredible month February is turning out to be. I clicked on the online edition of the Cornish Guardian Online Live only to find that they’ve dubbed Max Reynard, the handsome property developer from THE ISLAND LEGACY the new POLDARK which is high praise indeed. A great article but it does set the bar pretty high! Fortunately the reviews and comments I’ve received from readers are showing that Max and Adam in THE ISLAND LEGACY are both proving quite a hit with readers. Max and Adam better behave though as it didn’t take long for Captain Ross Poldark to fall out favor with his fans after letting Demelza down unforgivably! A great piece about THE ISLAND LEGACY thank you Cornish Guardian.
I can’t believe February’s here already and Valentine’s Day is almost upon us. I’ll spend Valentine’s Day writing the next Polwenna Bay book RECIPE FOR LOVE. I’m having great fun with this latest installment in the Polwenna Bay series and I can’t wait to share it with my readers later on in the year. There were a few surprises as I started to write!
If you are looking for some Valentine’s romance and Cornish escapism, Ness and Max’s story in THE ISLAND LEGACY is out in paperback and ebook now. I’m also working on putting the Audible version together as well which is great fun and a big learning curve. I can’t wait to hear the final version later on in the year.
Yesterday I was interviewed about THE ISLAND LEGACY by BBC Radio Cornwall. You can hear the interview here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04pzwzr it starts at about 33 minutes into the show. I was nervous but Naomi Kennedy was really friendly and put me at my ease. I also had fun visiting St Michael’s Mount in order to take some publicity photos for the paper (the ones they had were about seven years old from when I wrote my column and I must have been having a very bad hair day) It was a lovely sunny day and the castle looked amazing. I had a lovely walk on the beach and even got to play with a gorgeous red setter called Tilly.
CHANCES is now supporting http://farmsforcitychildren.org, the charity founded by the writer Michael Morpurgo and his wife. To know CHANCES is helping city children to experience a taste of life in the countryside is brilliant. In my previous life as a teacher I saw first hand how work like this benefits young people and if you’ve read CHANCES you’ll understand why. http://farmsforcitychildren.org, touches my heart. Each book sold will donate a percentage of the profits to the charity and can buy spades, day visits and week visits. There are two other charities that I’m also talking to and as soon as I get the green light I’ll say a little more. It’s so exciting!
A quick but exciting bit of news today! I have finished the first draft of my 2017 Christmas novel. At the moment the title is The Season of Second Chances and it’s set on Bodmin Moor over a very snowy Yuletide. The inspiration for this story came from a visit to my friend Kathy’s house on the moor. Every year she decorates it beautifully and invites people to come over for mince pies and food. The idea took hold and I started to think of who might visit and why they would be on the moors on Christmas Eve. I had great time writing it and spending January thinking about Christmas puddings and fairy lights!
THE ISLAND LEGACY is out now and I’m really happy with the early reviews. It’s brilliant that people are enjoying it so much. I wrote it last summer and it’s been a while since I spent time with the characters so it’s nice to hear about them again and to know readers like them. I think ST. MICHAEL`S MOUNT may be having a few more visitors…
It’s definitely winter in Cornwall now which means the climate’s mild but storms are blowing in across the sea, the leaves are falling from the trees and the horses are tucked up in rugs and enjoying big hay nets. We’ve been making the most of the empty beaches and quiet lanes by exploring the county and we’ve been lucky enough to enjoy some bright and mild days. Hemmick Beach has become a big favourite of ours and the cottage that overlooks the water is going to star in next year’s standalone book. It’s owned by the National Trust and is a holiday cottage – I’d love to live there.
I never need to go very far for inspiration living here. My POLWENNA BAY SERIES almost write themselves. I love riding Kiki through Kilminorth Woods to Looe. The colours have been amazing this year and the contrast with the river which ribbons through the trees is just gorgeous.
It’s still dark early so I’m doing my horse chores with a head torch on and being a lot more organized with my time. There have been a couple of lovely fun rides across local estates and seeing these hidden places gives me so many ideas for the summer book. At home he wood burner is busy keeping the house warm and we’re now on on the third load of logs. I’m just thinking about the exercise when I carry them up to the house.
CORNWALL FOR CHRISTMAS is out in the world! It’s a novella of approximately 45,000 words and it’s set in Polwenna Bay. Although this book is a stand alone I did have a wonderful time bumping into my old favourite characters like Vicar Jules, Alice Tremaine and Issie and well as making new friends who will definitely be appearing in the next Polwenna Bay full length book, RECIPE FOR LOVE. That’s due out in the early spring and it’s Symon Tremaine’s story. I don’t want to give too much away but I am very excited to be getting to know this quiet and deep member of the family.
I’m busy getting ready for Christmas too. We’re away before hand so we won’t get out tree until the very last minute which is very hard for me as I would have it up and decorated on December 1st. The village is getting ready for Christmas and all the lights ready for the grand switch on at the start of December. If you read CORNWALL FOR CHRISTMAS, you’ll recognize some of the settings I describe. And of course the cosy village pubs! They are always wonderful in the festive season and there’s nothing better than a glass of mulled wine by the fire after a walk on the cliffs.
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