Clutter? Or fictional catalyst? Write It In and Let It Go

 ‘Nice watch,’ I overheard a woman say to her friend in the gym. ‘Trouble is,’ the watch-wearer replied. ‘It hasn’t worked for years. But it has sentimental value, so I can’t get rid of it. And now I’m always late.’ Like her, I used to have an attachment to stuff. After my father died, I … Read more

Guardian Masterclass

Starting to write Crime Fiction with Penny Hancock and Kate Rhodes Crime fiction writers, if you need a boost, come along to our Guardian Masterclass on 2nd and 3rd May and let us help you realise your ideas

Breakthrough: Write Your Novel

Testimonials The encouragement and guidance I received from Penny and my fellow writers restored my flagging faith in what I was trying to do. It can be difficult to talk about your writing to a group of strangers but Penny was able to establish a calm and supportive atmosphere from the start. Raili Taylor   … Read more

#mywritingprocess – Blog Tour

Blog tour The wonderful writer Susan Elliot Wright, (a fellow Simon and Schuster author) kindly invited me to be involved in this blog tour. You can find her honest account of the writing process, and read about her fascination with nature versus nurture, family, and mental health, at I love Susan’s writing. Her book … Read more

Cougar ou bord de la crise de nerfs!!! Sounds so much more dangerous in French

The French version of Tideline is getting lots of nice reviews from French critics. “On connaissait les “cougars”, ces femmes d’âge mûr sortant leurs griffes pour déniaiser des garçons-jouets bien plus jeunes qu’elles. Sonia, l’héroïne du premier roman de l’Anglaise Penny Hancock, est, elle, une quadragénaire qui pousse sa félinité un peu trop loin. Alors … Read more