Welcome…

Welcome…2018-09-17T09:59:04+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

Creative living, advice on beating writer’s block, and Mslexia’s 20th Anniversary

I have recently expanded this website to include a new ‘On the mind’ area, where you’ll find latest research into the psychology of creativity and some of my own writing on the subject, plus reports on some of the fascinating work being done in the area of parapsychology.

A new ‘On the land’ area is also under development, to accommodate my interest in traditional ways of life and all things organic, so do come back to read the latest posts.

Meanwhile, in the run up to Mslexia’s 20th Anniversary in 2019, I’ve posted my lead article in the launch issue that defines ‘mslexia’ and suggests some cures; and a recent follow-up piece that revisits the statistics to see what has changed for women writers over the intervening decades.

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.

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 [...]

Interview with Paula Hawkins

Girl on a Train author Paula Hawkins’ follow-up Into the Water stormed into the bestseller charts last year despite bemused critical reception of her multi-voice structure. This interview charts [...]

Stretching the truth

Writing your life story might be therapeutic, but it’s unlikely to result in great literature. If you want to write about your experiences, consider turning them into fiction instead Years [...]

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.

2. Learn to waste time

Psychologists have identified a stage in creativity known as ‘incubation’. This is the period between the first inkling of inspiration and its realisation in a piece of creative work. Many [...]

Reincarnation within families

A pervasive observation reported by those who study reincarnation, is that ‘souls’ (for want of a better word) frequently reincarnate in groups. This is the principle on which my novel [...]

Identifying ‘locked-in’ syndrome

A new book claims that so-called ‘locked-in syndrome’ – in which someone in an apparently comatose or vegetative state is actually aware of what is going on around them – [...]

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