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Embracing the Writing Community

Embracing the Writing Community

Writing can be a lonely business. Recently, Marion wrote about how the wider writing community can help authors combat the loneliness of the job.

Plotting Crime Fiction

Plotting Crime Fiction

Crime fiction – and, in particular the type of novels known as Police Procedurals – have to be carefully plotted. These novels are written wholly from the point-of-view of the detective and the reader knows nothing that is not revealed to the detective. Marion was …

Female First Magazine

Female First Magazine

Marion was delighted to be asked to write a feature for Female First, on turning a humiliating experience into her first successful novel.

Claire Heminsley – Artist

Claire Heminsley – Artist

Claire is a multi-talented artist who creates wonderfully quirky scraperboard images of well-known towns and cities. Marion was delighted to learn that Claire, a friend for many years, has produced two scraperboards of St Andrews, the setting for Marion’s DI Clare Mackay crime novels.

Northbank’s ‘Friday Five’

Northbank’s ‘Friday Five’

Marion was delighted to be asked by her agents, Northbank Talent Management to answer their Friday Five questions, a set of prompts which give a small peep into the world of publishing.

Some thoughts on Thomas Cook

Some thoughts on Thomas Cook

I was so sad to waken this morning to the news that the travel agency Thomas Cook has ceased trading.  Thousands of staff will lose their jobs while hundreds of thousands of holidaymakers face disappointment, some having turned up at the airport this morning to …

Tea is a serious business

Tea is a serious business

There’s more than a touch of Father Ted’s housekeeper Mrs Doyle about me. The fashion sense, obviously, the careful attention to appearance; but, most of all, I share Mrs Doyle’s love of tea. As a child, I was given cups of milky, sugared tea with …

London, baby!

London, baby!

Samuel Johnson told us, “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.”  He went on to say that the city has “all that life can afford” and this is as true today as it was then.  While the London Johnson wrote …

When You Are Well

When You Are Well

When you are well I will sit down and tell Of the time that I spent In my own selfish hell Of the days that I sat With your fingers in mine In the hope you would squeeze me Or give me a sign Oh, …

Poetry and Prizes

Poetry and Prizes

We live in exciting times! I am thrilled to announce that I have won a prize. And it’s for poetry. Now let me be clear. I am not a poet. I have had one poem published in The Eildon Tree, a Scottish creative writing magazine. …