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 myContinue reading “The Dinner Club reaches 100 Amazon Reviews and oldest reader!”

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 anthologyContinue reading “New Writing Project”

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 partContinue reading “TDC Goes Stateside!”

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 thatContinue reading “The Dinner Club book signing – the bound, Whitley Bay”

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 textContinue reading “Cakes are Made to be Eaten”

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 CookContinue reading “Book number 2: Due March 2023!”

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 whoContinue reading “Shining the Spotlight on Local Talent: Authors of the North East”

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.

Pre-order The Dinner Club!

My debut novel, The Dinner Club is now available to pre-order in paperback and e-book. Paperback will be available in a range of stockists, Waterstones being the first! https://www.waterstones.com/book/9781838182083

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 interviewContinue reading “Community Cat Magazine”

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

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 otherContinue reading “Forty Thoughts on Turning Forty – Realisations and Reflections”

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 darkContinue reading “Together is my Favourite Place”