As a “distance learner” in the PhD in Creative Writing program at Lancaster, I miss a lot of on-campus activities. Granted, I knew that when I signed on, but still, I can’t help but feel a little wistful when the announcements of postgraduate (PGR) events come in my inbox. Author visits. Coffee and thesis readings.…

I passed! Let’s put that right up front, to the sound of fireworks and the clinking of glasses! 🙂 My confirmation panel, aka upgrade panel, was held this morning over Skype, consisting of two professors who hadn’t seen my work before this, plus my supervisor, who was there to take notes so that I wasn’t…

Isn’t this cover stunning? I couldn’t wait to share it with you! * Book three of the Mysterious Devices series of clockwork cozies set in the Magnificent Devices world! Daisy and Frederica Linden have tracked their missing father to Bodie, the most dangerous town in the Wild West, where bad men murder without guilt and…

Research has taken me to many strange and wonderful places over the years … a Navajo pueblo at Christmas, a Cornish mine, up in a Zeppelin airship … to name only a few. Sweetie is the most obliging man—whatever adventure I drag him along on, he’s happy to go (though the Zeppelin did test his…