A Writer’s Musing’s During Lockdown

Apart from going nearly insane because I was high risk during lock down. not knowing what a night’s sleep was, and losing my writing mojo like most of my Author friend’s, I’ve been able to look back at what I actually did and was surprised at what I actually got up to. I heard about a scheme called Lily at Future Learn. They specialise in Free Courses for people over 60. I found out able them through U3A. Me? I thought. I’m nowhere near sixty. Then I thought in your dreams Carol. Stop thinking your still twenty nine and listen to your body. You can’t get up off the floor without the help of a crane! So I went and had a look and the list of things you can do was endless. I picked the ones nearest to my interests and chose two. Shakespeares Life, and Work and the Globe Theatre and the Life and Works of Sir Walter Scott. A couple of months later, here I am with Qualifications on the walls from the University of Aberdeen and the City University, London. Next I painted my first ever Landscape with my son. I’ve learned tapestry, new crochet techniques, made all the new recipes that I’ve mean’t to do, mapped out new ideas for books, and all in all I sound like a Saint.

Except I’m not. I’m still not sleeping. I’m still depressed and I’m still praying that at some time I’ll get a holiday. So far I’ve had two cruises cancelled. Masks are mandatory, but I suffer from a violent form of claustrophobia which means I panic the moment my mouth and nose are covered. However, I’ve been given an exemption card.

Yet, there are people out there who call be a murderer because I can’t – not won’t wear a mask.

So that’s my musing on Lockdown. All I hope is that we get a vaccine soon that will help us fight this evil thing. Enough people have lost their lives. No more please!



My new book is finally out and available, world wide on Amazon Kindle.

It’s called A Basketful of Death and is the first of a new series of cozy novels. This one is set is Eire. Bridie Harris makes handmade Willow Baskets in the Irish countryside. Padraig Glanchy makes cheese at his farm. One morning Mr. Sarghas is found dead on Padraig’s farm. Padraig is subsequently arrested and charged with his murder. The villagers are convinced he is innocent and set out to prove it, but is he?

Then a new Detective turns up from out of nowhere to help with the case. The question is will they be able to prove Padraig’s innocence.


Let’s Cook

Every time I publish my newsletter, I like to add a recipe from the part of the world that my novel is set in, so let’s have a look at a recipe shall we?

The first recipe comes from the cafe of the Garden Centre in the Garden Centre Series of Books set in North Wales.


4 1/2 oz butter

31/2 oz dark brown sugar

2 eggs

6 oz self raising flour

4 tbls. milk

1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger

2 tblsp orange marmalade

1 orange, zest only

4 bulbs stem ginger, plus 2 tablespoons syrup from jar.


Pre heat oven to Gas 5 Grease and line a 2 lb loaf tin.

2. Cream together the butter and sugar. Beat in the eggs.

3. Mix in half the flour.

4. Add the milk, then the rest of the flour.

5. Stir in the ground ginger, marmalade, syrup, stem ginger which has been chopped and orange zest.

6. Pour into prepared cake tin and bake for 30 – 40 minutes.

7. Leave to cool in tin for ten minutes then turn out onto a wire rack.

This will keep up to a week in an airtight tin

Mike and Mistletoe’s customers love this. If there’s any left after Mike get to it first !



I know that we all think our worlds revolve around reviews and I’ve seen Authors literally beg for reviews, but I’ve never been sure and I’ve always felt that a review is only one persons opinion. One person might not like our book and one hundred might love it. I’ve seen an Author almost broken hearted because of a bad review. I was once told by a well known Author that some Authors pay people to buy a book, and then leave a bad review on purpose whether they’ve read the book of not. For me, I write books that I hope my readers enjoy, but I’d like to think that they would leave me an honest review. I once had a terrible experience with a so called reviewer. The review was the same about every book I had written. It said. This Author really needs to get a brain. Then carried on with I recently found out that they are a Scammer operating from Nigeria. Please don’t buy their books. It took a long time, and a lot of pressure from my Editor and support from other Authors to convince Amazon that he was the Scammer not me.


Good News!

Hello again everyone. Let me start by saying I hope everyone is staying safe and well. Like most Authors, I’ve been having a tough time trying to concentrate and I know that How Do You Mend a Broken Doll is later than I meant it to be, but my Editor has been fantastic and has kept me up during my dark moments and is working on my book as we speak.

So my news. I’m now with Carter Novels, who promote my books for me on Facebook and Instagram and I’m part of the Independent Authors Network. You can follow both on Facebook if your’e on Facebook yourselves.

I should have the first of a new Cozy Mystery Series out before too long. It’s set in Eire this time in a small village. It’s fairly light and easy reading. A nice cup of tea and a piece of cake kind of book as I like to call them. I’ve also been doing a lot of research for other ideas of novels. I like to do my research as soon as I get an idea because I like my novels to be as true to what happens as they can be. Take it from me there are some funny goings on going on our there………….

Whatever your’e doing, please stay safe and well. Yesterday I watched a Winnie the Pooh film where Winnie helped his donkey friend to find his lost tail, and then I made home made Nachos. That’s me. I like life on the wild side!!!.


How Do You Mend a Broken Doll

Is the title of my new Novel. Amy thinks she is happily married to Rikki, an Officer in the U.S. Navy. That is until his dead body is found floating face down in their local swimming pool. A fast paced thriller that will be published in early spring.