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The Short Story Writer’s Toolshed

The Short Story Writer’s Toolshed was first published as a series in Writer’s Forum. I later decided to compile it into a handy little book. Here is an extract I thought you might like. How The Toolshed Works Every writer … Continue reading


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The Morning After The Life Before

It’s publication day for me. The Morning After The Life Before is now out in the world. Oh gosh. I don’t think there is anything quite as scary.  I used to think that finishing the book was the end, but … Continue reading


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Someone Else’s Child

My new novella, Someone Else’s Child, recently hit the virtual shelves. Here’s the first chapter just in case you fancy a read. I like this little book – it was one of the first longer stories I ever wrote and … Continue reading


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Meltwater

Novellas are the new novels, apparently. Can’t remember where I saw that. But just in case it’s true, I thought you might like to see my latest novella, Meltwater, which is all about dysfunctional families. (Are there any other kind!) … Continue reading


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Shadowman

Just in case anyone fancies a preview of my new novella, Shadowman, here’s the blurb and first chapter 🙂 Karen and Rob’s show-jumping yard is in trouble. And so is their marriage. Then someone starts sending anonymous letters. They seem … Continue reading


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A little ‘light’ reading

Ten Weeks to Target is my latest novella to make it into kindle. Actually it’s my first Della Galton novella to make it into kindle.  If you have ever set foot inside a slimming club it may appeal to you. … Continue reading


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Ice and a Slice, Chapter One

Just in case you’re short of some reading material on this lovely, brrrr, summer weekend, here’s Chapter One of my new novel, Ice and a Slice… Chapter One The first thing she noticed was the tinny metallic taste in her … Continue reading


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What should be on the first page of your novel?

The first page of your novel has to be excellent. If it is not first class, then it’s possible the agent or publisher you have targeted will not read any further.  Time is money, and they will only be interested … Continue reading


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