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A 'Book Pilgrimage' to Vienna... (Part 2)

If you missed Part 1, you can catch up HERE

Welcome back to my “book pilgrimage” in honour of Mary Stewart’s Airs Above the Ground! – combined with my 20th wedding anniversary special trip!

After a wonderful time in Salzburg and a magical stay at a [...]

A 'Book Pilgrimage' to Vienna... (Part 1)

A few months ago, I fulfilled the dream of a lifetime: to do a “book pilgrimage” to Vienna.

As many of my fans know, Mary Stewart is one of my all-time favourite authors and ever since I was a teenager, I’d long dreamt of visiting the setting of her novel,  Airs Above the Ground [...]

Behind-the-Scenes: The Making-Of "Four Puddings and a Funeral" Book Cover

The 6th book in my Oxford Tearoom Mysteries, Four Puddings and a Funeral, is releasing at the end of this month and I’m really excited to share the cover with you, plus show you how it was created!

As some of you may know, I design my own covers and [...]

Return to Oxford! (Part 2)

(If you missed Part 1, click HERE. Sadly, the weather was still grey on our second day so the photos are still a bit dark and dreary – but I hope you’ll still enjoy them! :-) )

One of the things I was most excited about, on my recent visit back to Oxford, [...]

Return to Oxford! (Part 1)

Back to visit Oxford for the first time in 15 years… it’s been a big trip down Memory Lane! As many of my readers know, my Oxford Tearoom Mysteries are inspired by my time living and studying at Oxford. I was a student there in the early 1990’s and then [...]

Q&A: "Do you plot your books from start to finish, and how?"

(** This is where I answer questions that readers send me!)

Oh, I’m definitely a plotter and not a pantser! (For those who aren’t familiar with the terms, writers tend to fall into 2 camps: Plotters and Pantsers, with the latter being those who “write by the seat of their pants” ;-) ) – [...]

Q&A: "Is Meadowford in the Oxford Tearoom Mysteries based on a real village?"

(** This is where I answer questions that readers send me!)

“I would love to know if you have based Meadowford-on-Smythe on a real village around Oxford, or is it a mixture of the many beautiful villages around?”

Yes, the village of Meadowford-on-Smythe in my Oxford Tearoom Mysteries is an amalgamation of several [...]

Q&A: "What was it like being at Oxford & did you like living in England?"

(** This is where I answer any questions readers send me!)

Yes, I really enjoyed living in England and there are many things I miss about life in the U.K. (aside from family and friends, of course) – such as…

…long walks on Sunday mornings followed by a cosy lunch in a country pub …seeing [...]

Q&A: "Are your characters based on people you know?"

(** This is where I answer questions that readers send me!)

Hmm…they are rarely completely based on one person – mainly because that would be too limiting for the story. But they are often partly inspired by people I know or have met (even briefly! Such as the strange woman I walked past at the supermarket) [...]