I had a lovely day with Loreto students yesterday, talking about my books and about my life as an author. I got some great questions and I was also asked to do a reading. I NEVER do readings! But I did and the girls seemed to enjoy it, so maybe I need to rethink my strategy now! (One problem I have with reading my books once they’re published, is that I can still find places where I wish I’d written something differently – there’s a great urge to get the red pencil out! So I find it’s safer not to read my books at all, once they’re out there!) The students were great – and there are a lot of Janna fans among them, which is heart-warming. Everyone wants to know when the new Jannas will be out. I’m afraid, realistically, it’s unlikely to be before Christmas but it’s all systems go and I’ll pushing for publication ASAP – watch this space! Meantime I’m polishing my halo, having completed Hearts in Chains (first draft, still needs work) and I’ve sent it to Trish, the lovely librarian at Norfolk Island Central School, who has agreed to read the mss (and tell me if I’ve said anything dreadful – which I hope I haven’t!) I must admit I cried when I read it through before sending it off – it’s a time slip love story, and it’s quite sad in places. And confronting, in that it explores what really happened to the convicts during the second settlement of the island (first half of 19th century, before the Bounty descendents / Pitcairn Islanders were settled there.) So I’m hoping to find a publisher, ‘cos I think you’ll enjoy the story.

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