Friday, 28 December 2018

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Thursday, 13 December 2018

The Beaten Track - December 18

It is one of my favourite times of year when I get to visit some of the Christmas markets just a short drive away from my home. I finished my Xmas shopping yesterday and I can finally say that I am just getting into the festive mood. Family comes first at this time of year and so I will down my pen until the new year (or try to!). This is easier said than done.
Gordon Riggs Xmas Market 2018



The first market I went to was at a local garden centre just at the Yorkshire/Lancashire border. It was only a small affair. I loved the vintage truck on display.








Brighouse Market
The second Xmas market was at Brighouse, one of my favourite places. The street markets are always good here. I was surprised to discover this chap there. The sound effects and dinosaur body movements were impressive.


Halifax Piece Hall Xmas Marktet
The third market was at Halifax, the town where I found my inspiration for writing my third book, Crushing Curiosity. I must admit I was very disappointed with the Xmas market. There were only 30 stalls and mostly offering hot food and drinks at high prices. The newly renovated Piece Hall could have been home to a much better market.



View from my Littleborough kitchen window
I always enjoy coming home after a day of browsing the markets. This photo was taken from my kitchen window while I enjoyed a mug of hot tea. I just love the sky at this time of year and, living so high up, I can look down at all the twinkling lights. As the houses in the distance decorate for Xmas this view will change to include neon blues and twinkling cyan.
Woody
The biggest surprise this year was a new addition to my family. Meet Woody. He is almost six months old and a bundle of love and mischief. I can't wait for our Christmas morning walk.

Monday, 26 November 2018

Autumn in Lancashire

View from my Littleborough garden
I'm currently working on a new novel and undecided which direction I should take it in. Autumn in a good time for reflection. Winter and the countdown to Xmas and a new year are just around the corner but I'm not quite ready to rush into them. I'm enjoying a beautiful Autumn in my home village, Littleborough in Lancashire and using time spent during my travels around it and farther afield to decide where my new novel will go.

View from the bottom of my garden
This is one of my favourite places in my garden to sit and take it all in. Also, a great place to read. I took this photo a week ago. The evening pink sunsets are spectacular.




One of my recent travels brought me this chap. I call him my house spirit and he now has pride of place next to my front door.
It is the season to read. The nights have drawn-in and temperatures are slowly dropping so there's nothing like curling up with a good book or three!

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Tuesday, 10 April 2018

THANK YOU

A huge thank you to all the people in the UK and USA who visited Amazon over the Easter holidays to buy 'Crushing Curiosity.' I now look forward to reading your reviews.

An apt gift for a writer.
Spring has at last arrived and despite swings of extreme weather I've thoroughly enjoyed the month of March. I was particularly pleased to receive a present, a card, from a market stall owner at Todmorden. He makes them. I'd been puzzling over a chapter I was writing and wasn't sure which way it should go but this gift pushed me in the right direction. Small acts of kindness usually come just at the right time.

The month of April is a particularly busy one for me. I will, I hope, have news of two of my books being published soon.

Once again, thank you for adding my thriller 'Crushing Curiosity' to your book collection. While its still windy and raining outside you can curl up in a chair to enjoy it.

Friday, 30 March 2018

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Monday, 5 March 2018

February Lessons 2018

So.....What did I learn during February 2018?

The word 'No' is one of the most powerful words in our vocabulary. As children we are taught not to say it but once we embrace it as adults we can change our lives, our self-confidence, relationships, social media, politics.
I learned about 'folly' by reading 'Buddenbrooks' by Thomas Mann. It was thoroughly depressing, portraying lives not fully lived by following social status perceptions. I then went on to read 'Letters from Henry Miller to Hoki Tokuda Miller' and saw the folly of an old man's infatuation with a much younger woman and then his bitter disillusionment. I'm working my way through all the unread books gathering dust on my bookshelf.
In an attempt to be a little more upbeat I watched the film 'The Dressmaker' - quirky, entertaining but captures the worst in people. The protagonist's revenge was amusing but disturbing. My attempt to be upbeat left a sour taste so I then watched 'Room' - very disturbing but made me look at everyday life through fresh eyes and so ironically, I ended up feeling content and grateful.

I discovered that the Helleborus flowers in my garden were said to be good for breaking bad spells and curses, so were often planted next to the front door. 
Helleborus in my garden
Then, the Beast from the East hit the UK (follow this link for a brief look at what happened at the back of my home). LINK TO BEAST FROM THE EAST VIDEO  I had four days of snow blizzards, 90 miles-per-hour winds, -11 temperatures and then ice. It began to thaw yesterday and to my utter surprise my helleborus look as fresh as when they first bloomed despite being buried under a foot of snowdrift. There's nothing like a bit of extreme weather to focus the mind. I got a lot of work done and had the bonus of some quality time with my family.
  

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Wednesday, 21 February 2018

A Journey from Real Life to Psychological Thriller

Thriller 'Crushing Curiosity' is based in Mistlethrop, a fictitious town in South Yorkshire, England but I spent many an hour in a real town, Halifax in Yorkshire, hunting down the perfect locations for my characters and their story.
This is my local train station and it is also where one of my main protagonists, Caprice, embarks on a perilous journey into a nightmare situation. I took this on the day I was about to take the train to Halifax so that I could then take Caprice's first steps.
Littleborough train station, inspiration for thriller, Crushing Curiosity
This is the road where Caprice struggles to escape two men who followed her after her train was forced to stop at Mistlethrop.
Halifax, South Yorkshire - Inspiration for thriller 'Crushing Curiosity'
By following the road above then turning, you come to the entrance to the Piece Hall. I used something similar for the gated entrance barring Caprice's way of escape and I also used its fine examples of white Yorkshire roses later for the place she was taken to, Radburn House.
The entrance gate to the old Piece Hall, Halifax - Thriller, Crushing Curiosity
The shop where Caprice catches Barri buying chokers for his next victims was located here.
Piece Hall, Halifax - inspiration for thriller, Crushing Curiosity
A slight change of location here. I found this playground on one of my travels and I thought of it as I wrote the scenes for the children playing opposite Radburn House.
Aberystwyth, Wales - inspiration for thriller, Crushing Curiosity
Whitby, I didn't have to change the name of this town. This is where my villain, Barrington, embarked on his own journey to finally decide what he was going to do with Caprice, his ideal victim.
Whitby swing-bridge - inspiration for thriller, Crushing Curiosity
The wall of clocks. Barrington collected his own, stopped exactly at the time when each of his victims died. The shop owner was most polite when I explained I needed a photo and why.
These are just a few of my memories, my moments of inspiration and they were kept at my side as I wrote my book. They added the sense of reality I was then able to instil in my characters, their locations and what happens there.