…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…


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.

Mslexia: are we cured yet?

With three current female poet laureates, and women winning the Costa, Forward and Carnegie prizes, what have we got to complain about? Debbie Taylor argues that one Mantel doesn’t make [...]

Three cures for mslexia

Dyslexia is a difficulty, more prevalent in men, with reading and spelling. Mslexia is a difficulty, more prevalent in women, with getting published. Debbie Taylor identifies the main causes of [...]

Why Mslexia? An American perspective

An interview conducted by California-based writer Connie Post for The Review Review website, which profiles prominent literary magazines for American writers considering where to submit their work. Providing a ‘safe [...]

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.

1. Create a writing realm

When my daughter is playing intensely, she always closes the door to her bedroom. It’s a way of ensuring no one breaks the spell of her imagination. Studies of successful [...]

How to beat writer’s block

One of the many surveys we’ve conducted at Mslexia was about writer’s block: how many women suffer from it, what form it takes, how they deal with a block when [...]

A bad first draft

Some of Mslexia’s most revealing surveys of women writers were those exploring what gets in the way of our writing. It turns out that procrastination looms large 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 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