Category: General

I was famous once…

I was famous once…

Yes – I was on Wikipedia. I was surprised and obviously pleased when the article appeared there. Several years later it was removed and, although disappointed, I gave it no further thought …just one of those things! My daughter, however, sought to find out why and eventually had an answer. A Wikipedia user (whose judgement was obviously respected) had pointed out that the artist and the writer were probably two… Read More

Restless Echoes

Restless Echoes

After my first four books in the series “Deadly Shades” were re-issued under new titles, I confess that having my title usurped by such a book as ’50’ was traumatic. I loved my characters and enjoyed their adventures, but my perfect title had been despoiled – as was some of my enthusiasm to write the fifth and final book of the series. Renaming the series, however, was cathartic and now… Read More

Hospital Adventures

Hospital Adventures

A visit to the Health Centre in Jàvea to have blood tested (for which I had to be there at 8:15 am) was a bad enough start to the day but my daughter assured me that, once over, we could have a leisurely drive to the hospital for my hip x-ray. We could stop somewhere and enjoy coffee with a view… The staff and other patients in the Salud were… Read More

Sitting

Sitting

Children are a joy to portray in oil on canvas… please note that I didn’t say “to paint”, as someone would be bound to interrupt with whoops of derisive laughter! Not all the little people who have sat for me have done so willingly; anxious parents’ warning about sitting still and being quiet for the three hour session, never help! A two-year-old who sat on his mother’s lap was no problem. She kept… Read More

Writing in Spain

Writing in Spain

Juggling the demands of everyday life with the urgency to finish writing the current book is difficult at the best of times, but the summer heat here in Spain has not helped! As you can guess, if you have read of my own experiences, ideas are not much of a problem and, in the beginning, I wrote so much without worrying about the length of the finished book that it reached… Read More