I absolutely embraced the secondary characters in a Match Made in Venice, especially as I planned this as the first in a two-book series, so I knew the secondary characters would appear in both. I can't wait to bring you We'll Always Have Venice next year, where we get more of all of the characters, … Continue reading Meet the secondary characters
The male main character of a Match Made in Venice is Piero Zanetti, eleventh generation Murano glass master and world-renowned studio glass artist. Piero is full of contrasts and conflicts: the drive for perfection in artistic expression and the pull of a very old and very strong tradition; freedom to be who he is and … Continue reading Meet Piero
The female main character of a Match Made in Venice is Deirdre York (Didi), a level-headed visual merchandiser who lives in London. She's self-sufficient, pragmatic, unapologetic and ambitious, but, as the story progresses, the reader gets a glimpse of her hidden vulnerabilities and the caring nature she can't suppress, even when it creates dreaded complications. … Continue reading Meet Didi
It's finally here! A Match Made in Venice is out today. All books are special, given the amount of heart that goes into each one, and all books are a little different. I started this book at a time when I was quite unsure of myself as a writer and I was exploring a lot … Continue reading Publication Day!
Publication day is always a bit of a whirlwind of thrills and nerves. This time around, I had a big week last week (school holidays, which were really tiring), and also this week (my youngest is scheduled for minor surgery), so today I'm trying to take it easy on purpose, tie up a few loose … Continue reading The Calm before the Storm
It's one week until publication day and there have been some lovely quotes coming in from the early readers! I can't wait for this story to be out in the world! This book fulfils every woman's fantasy of going to another country and being swept off your feet by a local - but with a … Continue reading Countdown to a Match Made in Venice
https://www.instagram.com/reel/CS-BhS_j8_t/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link Venice is most definitely its own character in my next two books, a Match Made in Venice and We'll Always Have Venice (title TBC but I'm pretty sure that's going to be it!!!!!) I'll write more about that as we get closer to publication day, but for now I thought I'd share the reel … Continue reading Welcome to Venice!
Italy Ever After has over one thousand ratings on Amazon UK I didn't dare ever hope that this would happen, but Italy Ever After has been a wild success on Amazon. I am so amazed that one thousand readers have rated my book, over half of them giving it five stars. I'm so happy to … Continue reading Wildest Dreams
One of the best (and hardest) things about being an author is the constant learning curve. Each time I write a book, I learn not only new stuff about the setting and the background, but also about writing itself. I have always been a writer. I was that kid who wrote reams on dot-matrix printer … Continue reading Oh the Irony
On this day one year ago, I became a published author. How strange to think it was only a year ago, but also strange that this little book is already a year old. There is something magical about first books and, although my second book has sold more copies than my first, My Christmas Number … Continue reading My Christmas Number One is 1!