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Sun, Sea and Solitude in Tenerife

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This month’s epistle came from Tenerife. Most Brits come to Tenerife for the sun, sea and sex of the south of the island, but I’m in the north for the sun, sea and solitude. I’ve been writing the sequel to FAB Club and I’m excited because: a) I finished the first draft, and b) I […]

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Back to Briantspuddle

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This month’s epistle came from my parents’ house, where I grew up. I love being in Dorset and can happily spend weeks in the countryside, hardly seeing anyone but the odd neighbour (some odder than others) and the people who help out at the local shop and always ask whether I’m new in the village. […]

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West Country Wanderings

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Everything we need to do in England before going to New Zealand is in the West Country. The West Country is a fantastic place to be in the summer, with lush, flower-speckled countryside and a variety of beaches to enjoy. I grew up here and love visiting. But so does everyone else, so finding somewhere […]

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Reasons to Move to New Zealand

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pots of parsley, aloe vera and mint. Plants that grow on my north-facing balcony

People will (usually) understand what I’m saying I can have a veggie garden and it is unlikely that someone will steal my rosemary There is a lot less bureaucracy and the tax system doesn’t scare the bejeesus out of me I don’t enjoy listening to my neighbours pee, tunelessly whistle, or play really bad Europop […]

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How Do You Create an Author Platform?

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It used to be more straightforward getting noticed. If you had a great book and you could get it in front of an editor at a publisher, they would be likely to publish it. They would send it to be reviewed in a few key magazines and newspapers and people would see those reviews and […]