Wednesday, February 20, 2013

People's Friend on ITV3

I've been watching too much television. I keep tuning in to ITV3, not for the programmes and not for the advertisements but for the other bits. Those bits where the sponsors advertise. Currently The People's Friend are sponsoring Afternoon TV on ITV3. They're using clips from PF stories and one of mine was chosen to be included.
It's exciting even though the clips only last a few seconds and no names are mentioned. I added the youtube link but it wouldn't work so I've removed it. Try tuning in to ITV3 between 2pm and 7pm.


Monday, February 04, 2013

Guest blogger - Jane Wenham-Jones

As I mentioned my mate, Jane, in my last blog I thought I'd ask her if she'd like to be a guest and answer a few of my questions. And I thought I'd begin with her latest offering, 100 Ways To Fight The Flab - A Wannabe's Guide To A Better Bottom. Here we go-

Why a diet book Jane? You’re no lardy arse.
Ah but I should be - you've seen how many crisps I eat!! I am not particularly thin either but it is a miracle of modern science that I'm not clinically obese. Not when you look at my chocolate and wine intake. So I thought I would share my strategies with the world. Also - people often say they enjoyed the chapter on Writer's Bottom in Wannabe a Writer? (Which features wisdom from your good self, remember?) so I thought it would be fun to expand on that (no pun intended).

How many of these tips have you used yourself?
All of them with the possible exception of the great sex :-) (Oh and I haven't got a dog).

Why don’t you stop drinking? That’d save sooo many calories.
Don't be silly.

What’s the latest news on your latest novel, Prime Time?
Ah - this is very exciting. Prime Time, I am thrilled to report has been shortlisted for the Romantic Comedy category of the RoNas (Romantic Novel of the Year awards). See all about it here or here

Richard and Judy are presenting the prizes on 26th February at an award ceremony, that it just so happens I was already helping to compere. So looking forward to that hugely. I won't win - up against some brilliantly funny writers - but it is lovely to be on the list.

What’s on your horizon?
Following my own tips with renewed vigour so I can get into my newest frock (see above). And then am interviewing both Peter James and Fern Britton at the Chipping Norton Book Festival April 20/21st and then am off to to teach/speak from 27th April. Various other things coming up too. See

You can see the fab flab competition there too and WIN a place at Chez-Castillon in September...
Thanks Jane. See you soon. Unless you're standing sideways on.


Friday, February 01, 2013

The C-Plan

Jane Wenham-Jones borrowed my C-Plan idea for her new book - 100 Ways to Fight The Flab - a wannabe guide to a better bottom.
Now I know that Jane and I cheated at this plan and, as she mentions, ate French Fries and Gateau but if you don't cheat (difficult) it does work. I promise you. I've used it myself many times when I've needed to lose a few pounds. I don't eat anything beginning with C unless it's a fruit or vegetable. Hence carrots and cauliflower are fine.

It's weird but when you think of it everything that tastes good begins with C. Chocolate for starters. And how about cake, crisps, cream, cheese… I'm sure you can add more to the list to save me from doing it.
The C-Plan is just one of the 100 ideas Jane offers in her book. If I had to describe her book in a simple phrase I'd say it's got a split personality. That's because it's part fun and laugh out loud, and part sensible and properly researched. So, if you have a few pounds to lose before Spring there are another 99 ideas on offer. And buy this book on Kindle and it'll cost you around the price of a Mars Bar (giant size - are there are other?).
(And think how good you'll look in that sexy lingerie you bought from