'Barbara's writing is bold, original and enormous fun. In her screenplay 'Cowboy Girls' she cleverly puts the female at the very epi-centre of the traditionally male genre of the Western.'

Anthony Minghella, Oscar winning
Screenwriter/Producer and Director
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Back on the Isle

Back on this fair isle after two days of celebrating and partying with my family in London – always big fun. Always exhausting! Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight seemed very empty after pre-Games London and the tourist season, which found us crammed like lemmings in the tube. Great thing about this island – nice and empty! But, did notice that there is a new Costa at the Portsmouth end of the ferry over to the island, so 20th Century life – in the shape of a ‘skinny latte’! – is following us over!

‘Eat the View’ is rising steadily UP through the Amazon/Kindle Charts! Hurrah! All that work and crafting and rewriting (getting notes from friends and my hub) and more rewriting and proof reading and yet more proof reading and FINALLY the little devil – well, monster of a comedy-epic based on my crazy two years in the deepest French countryside – came into perfect Kindle/Amazon form and is now out there, a freed ‘bird’ of a novel, flapping its wings across many nations who HOPEFULLY like my book! The reviews are great – so hugely encouraged! Perhaps it was all worth it.

People ask me if uploading onto Amazon was easy? Answer? It nearly cost me my marriage! There were very few guidelines so it was suck it and see and so, into the early hours of the morning, Tony and I uploaded, tested, reuploaded and FINALLY it took flight!

The hardest thing about getting a novel onto Amazon? Writing something decent! Writing is a craft, remember, so it all takes time and struggle.

Eat the View

Ryde Pier late evening

Sooooooooo excited!  ‘Eat the View’, my first ever novel, a romantic comedy set in rural France, is about to go UP, UP AND AWAY on Amazon next week so watch this space!  It will abe available to download for a mere .99 pence, so it won’t be breaking anyone’s bank – please take a punt on my riotous romp!

Next Wednesday is D Day for ‘Eat the View’ – please spread the word!  Folks say it’s funny – which is handy as it’s a COMEDY.

Over and Out!

The Write Stuff workshops

The JUNE WRITE STUFF workshops went brilliantly!  Scriptwriter Robin Mukherjee (lovely fella!) came to join me teach script and screenwriter to our eager group of writers and Jan Carr, Children’s Author, came to share her skills – which are extensive – re the world of child and teen fiction.

Fab lunches were devoured at The Blacksheep Bar in Ryde, Isle of Wight and we all had a warm and wonderful time!

STOP PRESS:  Next WRITE STUFF workshop is 21-23rd SEPTEMBER where I will be leading our avid group of writers into the world of TV scriptwriting and Screenwriting.  Robin will be joining me again, bless him!  Sign up now to avoid disappointment as the places are going quite quickly.  (I will be refreshed from my holiday in Amsterdam, so my energy will be up!)

Over and out.