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Welcome…2018-11-09T12:32:05+00:00

…and thank you for visiting. This is a personal website about my obsessions, which currently include, women’s writing and women’s rights, creativity and parapsychology, organic gardening and traditional lifestyles – including all things Cretan, particularly traditional foods. If you look at my biography, this rather disparate list might begin to make sense…

Latest

Should you write a novel or a memoir, why bolshy women are creative, and an investigation into the existence of souls

The autumn issue of Mslexia is out now, including my interview with Meena Kandasamy, author of the explosive novel When I Hit You, shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction and the Jhalak Prize – which is reprinted here, along with my article about turning your own life into literature.

Also new on this website are reports on recent research into the personality characteristics of creative people and the importance of challenging your little grey cells.

In person

If any of these events are happening near you, do please come along

In print

… about fiction, non-fiction and journalism, including the background to my fiction and non-fiction books, recent challenges and issues, plus info and insights about my work at Mslexia magazine.

Interview with Meena Kandasamy

The exiled author’s explosive second novel When I Hit You – based on her own abusive marriage – was shortlisted for both the Women’s Prize for Fiction and the [...]

The autumn edition of Mslexia is out now

Why did the Literary Editor retrain as a bricklayer? What’s the best way to respond to critical feedback? And what happened when a schoolgirl asked why there were so few [...]

The June edition of Mslexia is out now

Mslexia’s 2018 Women’s Fiction Awards includes a brand new Novella category. But what exactly is a novella? Award-winning exponent Alison Moore explains in the June magazine – and offers some [...]

On the mind

… about creativity and parapsychology, including latest academic research and survey results on women writers’ creative processes and research into and survey results relating to paranormal experiences – plus a blog with new info and updates.

3. Read something new

The poet Wendy Cope says she can always tell when she’s entering a particularly fecund creative period because she starts to read lots of poetry. If you never read a [...]

The defiance theory of creativity

This year is the 50th anniversary of the Journal of Creative Behaviour, one of a very few academic journals publishing reputable peer-reviewed research into creativity in all its many forms. [...]

Bolshy women are more creative

A team of psychologists in Poland has been looking at what personality traits are associated with creativity in men and women. The results of several large-scale investigations reported in the [...]

Herring Girl

Herring Girl book cover

A time-slip novel investigating a century-old murder and the possibility of reincarnation

‘Wonderful – conjures up the past with visceral intensity’ Sarah Dunant

‘A vividly imaginative, sensuous and atmospheric novel’ Helen Dunmore

Mslexia

mslexia issue 78 cover designThe magazine for women who write

Mslexia tells you all you need to know about exploring your creativity and getting into print.

‘inspired, inspiring, invaluable’ Sarah Waters

‘the place for poets to see and be seen’ Carol Ann Duffy

‘an essential part of the writer’s toolkit wherever you are in your career’ Val McDermid

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Hungry Ghosts

Hungry Ghosts by Debbie Taylor

An infertile woman becomes obsessed with the troubled young builder to renovate her derelict cottage in Crete.

‘sensuous, absorbing, evocative’ Hilary Mantel

‘weird and compelling’ Daily Mail

The Fourth Queen

The Fourth Queen by Debbie Taylor

En route to the Colonies in 1769, Helen Gloag is kidnapped by pirates and sold into the harem of the Emperor of Morocco – based on a true story.

‘literary Viagra’ Amanda Craig

‘a novel of impressive energy and boldness: a weird and sumptuous historical hybrid’ Independent

My Children, My Gold

My Children, My Gold cover artwork

Seven days spent with each of seven single mothers in seven countries around the world, documenting life in the ‘fourth world’.

‘one of the most important books I’ve read in years’ Scotland on Sunday

‘seven beautifully-written and absorbing testimonies of courage’ Independent