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Sadly, there was no response to my request for feedback on my website, despite the competition to win a book! Nevertheless, I shall press on and continue to improve the site. I'm intending to add more content and background information about Victorian workhouses, prisons and hospitals to the books pages over the next few weeks.Do get in touch via the contact form if there's anything particular you'd like to see on this website, or if you have any feedback about any of my books. I always love to hear from readers, whether the feedback's positive or negative! Don't forget that you can buy signed copies of my books in the shop on this website.
Why Every Writer Needs a Dog
?xml:namespace>I saw the film Up last night, and the character Dug the dog âYou are my master and I love youâ reminded me so much of my own dog Domino â he has the same insatiable willingness to please. I should point out that he also has an insatiable need to be with one of us which verges on the obsessive, and a never-ending appetite for bread, fish, chicken, banana and cheese (heâs quite the cheese connoisseur).?xml:namespace>
Anyway, I felt it was time to give Domino some credit for the writing successes Iâve had over the past five years. No, he hasnât secretly been putting paw to paperâ¦! Having a dog forces me to get out and about in the fresh air every day, and gives me valuable thinking time. Many an article has been worked through and finished in my head while walking along the canal. Plus if Iâm having a bad day and just canât focus on the task in hand, heâll happily cheer me up with a wet kiss and a friendly greyhound âleanâ.
Of course, life with a dog is not without its trials and tribulations - vetsâ bills, muddy carpets and scrounging to name but a few, but for now, I wouldnât have it any other way.