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Everything there is to know about me and my writing ... well almost everything! :-)

About


HILARY ...

I live between Spain and England and I adore both my countries, which is probably why they often feature in my writing. I think I must be the luckiest person on earth to live my lifestyle. I wouldn’t change places with anyone - not even the Queen of England or Posh Spice!

I've always written. My terrible childhood diaries are excruciating and have been buried in the loft (they are never to be  let out!)

Fiction
My third book Short LOVE Stories is now available. My first book was the very successful ‘Hen Party’, which flew to the top of Waterstones online publications chart within two weeks of publication.

Non Fiction
I've written several non-fiction books, the latest of which was Research using IT, a study guide for university students.

Awards
I've won several writing awards and I am particularly delighted to have won the 2017 Ian Govan Award for Writers and the 2015 Spanish Radio short story competition.


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About

Books


BEYOND PROMISES

BEYOND PROMISES

BEYOND PROMISES is the story of Charlie's life, and his love for the woman he never forgot which eclipsed everything else in his existence for over fifty years.

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Short LOVE Stories

Short LOVE Stories

You are bound to find your own 'love' situation in one of these stories. Take a peek ...

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THE HEN PARTY

THE HEN PARTY

A holiday from hell? Maybe ... but if this holiday is what hell is, then it must be a very interesting place. After a disastrous start to their holiday the four main characters start to crack and the secrets they are hiding begin to unravel. but it's obvious from the beginning that age does not always bring wisdom.

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RESEARCH USING IT

RESEARCH USING IT

Research Using IT offers a step-by-step explanation of how to research and how a computer can make the whole process a lot easier. The book assumes no previous experience

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THE BIG 'E' (children's book)

THE BIG 'E' (children's book)

Banished from Snowsville until he can find the mysterious 'Big E', Pierre the penguin finds himself in Spain, but whether that brings him nearer his quest to return home remains to be seen.

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THE WORLD'S BRAVEST MOUSE (children's book)

THE WORLD'S BRAVEST MOUSE (children's book)

A little mouse, a very little mouse, a very little brave mouse who does battle with a big evil rat called Big Jake! But who wins?

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Writing Blog


WRITING - producing your own book cover

WRITING - producing your own book cover

What I needed was a man. Not just any man. He had to be tall (ish), fairly good-looking (from the back!) and slightly tanned. A male model would have been good, but I didn’t have one of those. Somehow I just had to get a man for my book cover ... so this is what I did.

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WRITING - how to get started

WRITING - how to get started

We authors are a funny lot. We store experiences for half a lifetime and then, somewhere out of the depths of our consciousness we give them birth again, without even realising that they have been buried all along. However, it's the notebook that helps ...

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WRITING Attract readers to your novel, short story or article

WRITING Attract readers to your novel, short story or article

The other day I read a novice writer expressing concern that if he shared his ideas on social media someone would copy, but in time all writers learn that it's not copying that is the problem, it's getting anyone to actually read your work in the first place.

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Are you in need of laughter?


I'm going crazy! Two little children minus parents ... laughter can't quite describe it.

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These two children make me laugh! Give yourself five minutes out and share my laughter, as two little children bring back the simple things in life ... let a child tell you how ....

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Norway not as you know it


(1) NORWAY : the beginning

The Northern Lights? What the travel agents don't tell you.

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(2) NORWAY - Bergen in the rain

Bergen, socks and alcohol - it's all here - pop in and have a read.

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(3) NORWAY - The post boat

Our 'post' boat carried passengers, mail and supplies to over thirty ports along the Norwegian Coastline. Most of these ports were inaccessible to large commercial cruise liners, so there would be no heaving crowds departing from other boats as we docked.

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(4) NORWAY - The Fjords (I think)

The paper said optimistically that Alesund was a wonderful place to enjoy the views. That might have been true, had I been able to look upwards without a whole bucket of freezing rainwater sloshing me in the face. (Well, that’s what it felt like).

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(5) NORWAY - Trondheim in the sleet

We eventually arrived where the boat should have been docked according to the map … it wasn’t there! It was nowhere in to be seen. Panic! We had no way of knowing which direction to go and we didn’t have oodles of time to get it wrong

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(6 & 7) NORWAY - the Arctic Circle

Eventually we did dock. It took well over two hours and we only then had an hour on land to explore, but Tromso, Tromso, I love you — it didn’t rain! Wow! There was wind, yes. Snow, yes, but at long last there was no driving rain to force me to keep my head bowed.

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(8) NORWAY - The Hurricane

I am alarmed and the feeling grows with each passing hour. Bravado dinner where all I saw was worried faces was followed by a batten-down-the-hatches assault in our cabin. Anything breakable or heavy was stowed away or put on the floor. Hub said ‘maybe we should keep our clothes on, in case we need to respond rapidly to the emergency alarm signals’. (He was joking, wasn’t he?)

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(9) NORWAY : Northern Lights

The Captain called “Listen! At last! The Northern Lights are on the left side of the ship.” My goodness it was like the opening doors at the January sales. Within seconds there was a restaurant full of tables laden with hot food, but no patrons to be seen anywhere.

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Contact


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Events


HAVE YOU DREAMED OF LIVING IN SPAIN? HAVE YOU DREAMED OF WRITING A BOOK?

HAVE YOU EVER DREAMED OF LIVING IN SPAIN? I'm going to spill the beans and tell you what it’s like to buy a house in Spain, and live between the Costa Blanca and Oxfordshire. I'll reveal some of the amusing scrapes that I got myself into when joining the Spanish equivalent of the WI and I guarantee that you are bound to laugh. I'll also include the how and why of writing a novel and give you inspirational tips on getting started. So do join me at Wantage Library on Friday, 25th January, 6.30–7.30 pm. I'd love to see you.


  • Date: 25/01/2019 18:30
  • Location: Wantage Library, Oxfordshire (Map)
  • More Info: You can park right outside, there's a big public car park, and it's free.

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