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Authors cat makes final to national awards

I am pawsitivley ecstatic to announce that our rescue cat, Eric, has been shortlisted in this years Cats Protection National Cat Awards. With thousands of entries, Eric has made it to the final 12, under the category of social star. We are excited to attend the star-studded awards held in London this July. Eric was…

Kitty Cook launch!

The Life and Love (Attempts) of Kitty Cook was released on 3rd March. We had the most wonderful launch with my publisher, Cahill Davis Publishing. I was surrounded by family and friends, new and old. It was magical and I felt so much support and love in the room. It was also a great opportunity…

Wallsend Reads Launch!

I was absolutely delighted that The Dinner Club was chosen for a new campaign in North Tyneside. Wallsend Reads has been introduced by the brilliant team at Wallsend Library, led by a wonderful lady, Patricia. The scheme is about celebrating our libraries and communities with a focus on getting people to fall in love with…

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L.A. Interview!

It was amazing to feature in California based publication, Shoutout SoCal. I got the opportunity to talk all things The Dinner Club, as well as share information on my community interest company, Write on the Tyne. Additionally, I had the chance to talk about the brilliant “Toon,” my hometown of Newcastle. Check out the full…

Unmuting the Menopause

I have always struggled to accept my body and I always will. But over the last few years, for a number of reasons, I have began to care a little less. Not diminishing responsibility for my own health and wellbeing, more that I have begun to care less about the all consuming worry of how…

The Dinner Club reaches 100 Amazon Reviews and oldest reader!

The Dinner Club reached its oldest reader last week! The beautiful Mary in America, who read and loved the book, alongside her wonderful daughter-in-law (and fellow writer, Deanna). Thank you both. The photo made my heart happy and it was extra special as Mary is 98 years young (and has the same name as my…

New Writing Project

I am delighted to share that I have received funding through my Community Interest Company, Write on the Tyne, to work with local veteran service, Operation Veteran. I will be documenting the voices, reflections and stories of our local heroes: their experiences of conflict and camaraderie, trauma and strength. The accounts will become an anthology…

TDC Goes Stateside!

The Dinner Club has been out in the world for over four months now and I am delighted to have been sent photographs from across the world of readers with their copy. This week I was ecstatic to receive a message from a reader who enjoyed TDC so much, he purchased it to be part…

The Dinner Club book signing – the bound, Whitley Bay

I had the most wonderful two hours yesterday, signing my debut novel at the bound, Whitley Bay. I was welcomed to the bound as part of Independent Bookshop Week and it was an honour to sign in such a quirky, beautiful bookshop that has such a community heart. I was very grateful to all that…

Cakes are Made to be Eaten

I received news last week that I have a new job as a freelance ghost writer. It is for a company called Story Terrace, who are the most beautiful memory makers. The process is to match someone with a professional writer who will help them document a part or their whole life story. The text…

Author Signing – the bound, Whitley Bay

Please come along to the bound in Whitley Bay on 18th June at 2pm where you can buy signed copies of The Dinner Club. The bound is a wonderful, quirky, independent book shop with an array of eclectic reads and a lovely, community vibe. It would be brilliant to see you there!

Book number 2: Due March 2023!

I’m very pleased to share that by second book, The Life and Love (Attempts) of Kitty Cook will be released in March 2023. I have signed a further contract with Cahill Davis Publishing, continuing our partnership. Inspired by my own dating disasters and search for Mr Right, The Life and Love (Attempts) of Kitty Cook…

Shining the Spotlight on Local Talent: Authors of the North East

The North East folk are a talented bunch of people and I don’t just mean the likes of our region’s legends such as Ant and Dec, Sting, Robson Green, Alan Shearer and Catherine Cookson. We have some amazing creatives living in the local area, who’s work inspires and interests many of us. As someone who…

Las Vegas – A Mexican Feast!

If holiday isn’t the time to indulge with eating out, I don’t know what is! So on a recent trip to Las Vegas, after so long not travelling, it felt that little bit more of a treat to eat out in my favourite American city. Now I have to be honest, much of fine dining…

The Palms Place – A Home from Home

Las Vegas is my favourite holiday destination. Not everyone’s cup of tea, or yard of frozen cocktail as the case may be, but for me, it’s everything I love! After two years of not visiting, due to the pandemic and not feeling quite ready to travel, we went on our rescheduled 11 night holiday to…

North East Lifestyle Magazine Interview

I was lucky enough to be interviewed by the lovely Sally for the brilliant NE Lifestyle Magazine! We talked all things writing, inspiration and chatted about my debut novel, The Dinner Club. Check out the whole magazine by clicking on the image below and my interview on page 50.

The Dinner Club is One Month Old!

It’s been a month since the official launch of my debut novel, The Dinner Club. And what a month it has been! I’ve been lucky enough to be invited onto two podcast interviews, feature in three newsletters and had a few magazine interviews. On top of this I have had the most wonderful photos sent…

The Dinner Club

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Community Cat Magazine

Eric and myself were both delighted to have his story featured in Community Cat Magazine in January. Eric was particularly happy to be their cover boy. His double page article tells his journey from homeless cat, to purrfectly pampered kit and his social media popularity! Check them out for all things furrtastic, including an interview…

Flash Fiction Anthology

Honoured to feature in this beautiful anthology, created by award winning author Christopher Fielden. 1000 writers, 1000 flash fiction stories and all money raised from sales goes to Arkbound Foundation, who support disadvantaged groups to get published.

The Dinner Club

My debut novel is due for release next March! In the run up, my brilliant publisher will be sharing updates, snippets, pre-order information and information on the launch. It would be wonderful if anyone interested could sign up to alerts via the link below. Thanks loads ❤️ https://bit.ly/tdchelen

Soaps Don’t Lather

My short story When Soaps Don’t Lather features in this wonderful anthology due for release July 5th. So excited to read all the stories!

Forty Thoughts on Turning Forty – Realisations and Reflections

I begrudgingly turned forty this Spring. It’s was something of an emotional rollercoaster to me. On one hand I was and still am seething that I have entered “middle age”, I don’t want to adult, I just want to be fresh faced, drink alcohol two nights in a row and be care-free. On the other…

Albatross

Lingering, in the shadow you lurk, Although there have been a thousand sun rises, Since I escaped, away from your claws. Will I ever feel truly emancipated? Care free, no looking over my shoulder, No heart racing, dry mouth anxiety. Albatross. What is it like to be without you? To drown you in a sea…

Hope for tomorrow

A crack, a split, a tear in the seam A scab you can’t leave alone. Locked in, caged, tied down, A bird, trapped, that had once flown. Wishing I could switch it off,  Disable the plug of power. Instead the climb to peace of mind, Feels like an infinite tower. I grab and scratch at…

Together is my Favourite Place

Take my hand Walk across the sand Don’t turn and look behind As I whistle in your ear The song I can hear As the waves crash on the shore Feel the wind on your skin And the warmth from within A squeeze of your hand in mine For all the nights in the dark…

The Mountains You Cannot See

Two of my poems were recently published in an anthology called The Mountains You Cannot See. This collection of poems are around the topic of mental ill health and well being. All profits from sales go towards supporting three fantastic and crucial services delivering 24/7 support, 365 days a year to people in need. These…

Perfect Match

An excerpt of my latest short piece… Ruby placed her pen down and looked at her notepad with a satisfied smile. She sighed, contently, her list, or non-negotiables was complete. It wasn’t all about visuals. Aesthetically pleasing was most definitely a welcome bonus, but it wasn’t the be all and end all. She wasn’t that…

Seaside Sour

I have recently wrote a short play about homelessness. Here’s the introduction There’s something about the seaside. Something about the innocence of childhood, the memories, that draws us to the seaside. Memories of family time, fish and chips, candy floss, loads of ice cream. Memories of fairground rides and hook a duck, bingo and cups…

Creeping

There it was, pumping through my veins. Inside my body, engulfing me like quicksand. It had crept up on me, yet I knew it was coming. Like a bolt of lightning in a thunderstorm, expectant but frightening none the less. I had ignored the warning signs, again. It was in my throat, my lungs, my…

A Time Like No Other

The pandemic has changed life in monumental ways. Our lives have become different to anything we have ever known, and we have had to adapt in a multitude of methods. Life cannot come to an abrupt halt, but individuals and services across the world have had to react, flex and respond to an influx of…

Born in Newcastle, Broken in Marrakesh

‘Let’s go to Marrakesh’ my beloved said. ‘It will be fun’ he announced. It was about as fun as diarrhoea, which luckily, was one thing I didn’t have to endure on this traumatic trip! They say ‘You get what you pay for’. At £147 each for four nights including flights, there was never a truer…


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