Welcome to my website

Welcome to my website and blog where I write about (some of) the things I love. They include writing (it’s what I do for a living), reading (it’s what I do when I’m not writing) and Dalmatians (just because….)

I also love crochet, walking in the rain and listening to Mozart – although not all at the same time.

I’ve been writing for ever but have been getting paid for it only for the last fifteen years. In that time I’ve sold over 400 short stories and serials to magazines in the UK and across the world and I’ve written and had published seven large print novels. I also write a monthly column, Ideas Store for Writers’ Forum magazine.

I am a proud member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, The Crime Writers Association and the Society of Authors.

Murder Served Cold, the first in my Much Winchmoor Murder Mysteries Series, was published in October 2018 followed by the second, Rough and Deadly, in 2019 and the third in the series, Burying Bad News was published in March 2020. The fourth in the series, Murder on High, was published in December 2021. And I’m busy working on number five..

‘Murder mysteries, spiced with humour and sprinkled with romance.’

The series is set in a small Somerset village that bears an uncanny resemblance to the one I live in – although as far as I know, none of my friends and neighbours go around murdering each other.

My latest venture is Selling My Grandmother, a collection of fifteen short stories which was published in April 2023 and features just some of the stories that have been inspired by my family.

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13 thoughts on “Welcome to my website

  1. Hello, I’ve just found your blog, though a link via Helen Yendell’s blog. I’m a wanabee memoir writer, someone too scared to enter competitions, a sometime freelancer for Sailing magazines and the world’s greatest procrastinator. I’m hoping your blog will spur me on to put fingers to keyboard…..


    1. Hi Georgie. Thank you so much for your comments. Please don’t be scared to enter competitions. It’s a wonderful way to learn the craft of writing. Good luck with your writing and let me know how you get on.

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  2. Hi Paula!
    I’m a subscriber to Writers’ Forum and enjoy your Ideas Store ….and this blog…very much. Having thought about it for far too long, I have finally begun my own blog. As soon as my technophobia allows, I will put a link to yours on it. I spent a lot of time this summer re-reading back issues of WF so I’m feeling inspired by your suggestions and hoping to develop my writing further.

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    1. Hi Jane, Thank you so much for taking the time to comment and for your kind words. I’m delighted you are starting a blog. It will certainly help your writing. Your comment has given me a nudge that it is a few weeks since I last updated mine. Top of my todo list for today!
      (edited). I’ve just read your blog. It’s great and sounds fascinating. I can’t wait to read about your journey. I’d have loved to have left a comment but at the moment I don’t see any way of doing so. I’m still a newbie at blogging myself so I’m still floundering about in the dark a bit.
      Very much looking forward to your next post! Good luck!

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  3. Thank you for your encouragement, Paula. I really appreciate it. And good to know about the comment problem….I will try to figure out how to solve that! Maybe it’s just a case of adding a headed page. It seems far easier to just write than to navigate through the varying instructions.


  4. I agree with you about the feel of reading an actual book, even though I also love the tv adaptations. I love Shetland…just zoomed through the latest book, Wild Fire. And I’m hooked on Norwegian author Jo Nesbø…the translation into English is done so well that it feels as if he wrote it in English.
    I do actually enjoy reading the dedications and acknowledgements in books. I would dedicate mine probably to my daughter. She is one of the nicest people I know and has been an immeasurable support to me. I’d love to write crime but I’m never certain I could create a convincing plot with enough twists to keep people guessing! I look forward to reading yours!


  5. I am an avid reader of WF and frequently have a go at your Fiction Square. I’m at the stage of having written many words,(two novels ready and waiting) but lacking the confidence to get them out there. I’m a lone writer desperate to connect with local writers, but finding it hard to find them! Thanks for your inspiration and encouragement to us wannabees.


    1. Hi Norma, thank you so much for your comments and I am so glad you find the Fiction SQuare useful. Many congratulations on your two novels. You have achieved what many people only dream about doing. I hope you manage to connect with local writers. Have you tried your local library? Good luck and keep writing.xxx


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