Merry Christmas

Although, as I sit and write this, the weather outside my window is looking far from festive, even if it is seasonal - ie strong winds and horizontal rain!  Oh well, perfect for staying indoors with a cup of tea and a mince pie :)   Like last year, I have a whole twelve days off work and, like last year, have lined up some quality reading material.

This holiday, I'm planning to revisit the wonderful works of Mary Stewart.  Written in the 1950s and 1960s, her books are now relatively historical, even a little dated.  But her clever mix of romance and suspense, her spirited heroines and enigmatic heroes, and the evocative descriptions of countries as far flung as Provence, Crete and the Middle East is the ideal antidote to the British Winter.

I'm also hoping that, after a long period of indecision and procrastination, a holiday and a Mary Stewart fest will spark some renewed energy and enthusiasm in my  own writing!  Maybe the New Year will indeed be tantamount to a New Leaf?

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and all good things in 2017.


  1. Hi Melissa and merry Christmas. Sounds like you have the ideal writer's Christmas all sorted - books, mince pies and time to write. Happy New Year, too. xx

  2. Hi Sarah, all that's missing is some snow - then they'll be no excuse for not writing !! Have a lovely festive season and looking forward to catching up with you in the new year xx

  3. Oh I would love to join you in your Mary Stewart binge! Yes, the books can now seem rather dated - but for the spellbinding ability to grip the reader and hold her - and those wonderful ambiguous heroes - they can't be beaten! Belated Happy Christmas - and Happy New Year (so looking forward to seeing you soon!)xxx

  4. Hi Kate, yes, Mary Stewart's book are captivating from start to finish, and re-reading them is a real treat as well as a reminder of what good writing looks like :) Hope you had a lovely Christmas and all my good wishes for a fabulous New Year. See you soon !! xx


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