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10 August 2015

...a look at colouring as therapy: how does it help to reduce anxiety and stress?

A recent survey by the Mental Health Foundation found that nearly 50% of us struggle to switch off from work and it seems the world and his proverbial wife are reaching for their colouring pencils or brush pens in a bid to feel calm.  

Read more: Why colouring books are red-hot in self help right now

18 May 2016

...or an impatient person's guide to publishing a self-help ebook and paperback, and launching a support group.

"Making Friends with Anxiety means I'm not alone anymore, like-minded people are always available on my mobile. People that I now consider friends...”

Read more: The Story of Making Friends with Anxiety

July 4 2014

My most personal - and political - novel to date

I never thought I’d see the day when I admitted to the Daily Mail I’ve experienced mental health problems, but a few weeks back I did. ‘Two years ago anxiety took a stranglehold on my life,’ I’m quoted as saying. ‘Normal tasks such as driving became overwhelming, I couldn’t make decisions and meeting up with friends felt too much to handle.’ Although my words are paraphrased, I was pleasantly surprised that the essence of my experience was conveyed accurately and sympathetically by a paper I feared would cruelly exaggerate my weaknesses, but more important to me by far was the overwhelming support I received in the feature’s wake.

Read more: ‘Written from the heart’. My most personal novel yet

June 2 2016

It's all in a name...

At a recent event someone asked how I come up with the titles of my books, and it set me thinking that of five novels, only two had their names from the off. The original title for One Moment, One Morning was 07:47 – the time of the train. And my new novel, Another Night, Another Day went through several guises as I wrote – at one point it was Just The Three of Us, then it became The Eleventh Hour, and when I submitted the manuscript, it was And Then It Rained.

Read more: What makes a good book title?

Nov 2015

I don’t know about you, but taking criticism is not something I’ve ever found easy. Unfortunately, as I write novels for a living, it comes with the terrain. Moreover, the more successful a book is, the more negativity there is to deal with. Just because a book is a best seller doesn’t mean everyone’s going to love it - or such was my experience with One Moment, One Morning anyway; almost overnight I found myself having to deal with dozens of negative reviews online.

Read more: Ouch! The Pain of Negative Reviews

A Tale of Five Teacups

a tale of 5 teacupsHow do publishers come up with a book cover? Here's how teacups found global fame... ...read more

12 tips on self-publishing

 Want to self-publish your book? Read this crucial advice before you start... ...read more

The word-of-mouth success

Pink borderSince its launch in 2014, Making Friends with Anxietya warm and supportive little book to ease worry and panic has helped thousands of sufferers. Endorsed by doctors, it's available here... ...read more


Just launched

warm and wise companion for sufferers of depression, co-written by Kate Harrison and Dr Patrick Fitzgerald... ...out now 

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