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Tom – my new eBook!

 I am so chuffed to tell you that my book, Tom is now available as an ebook on Kindle!

What can I say, except that I wrote this many years ago, but still feel it has something to say, and is a good read. I’m unapologetic that it has a strong Christian theme of healing and faith.  But it also has drama, romance and a look into the debate of mental illness and demonic possession.  I don’t want to give too much away, but here’s the idea;

Fleeing to the countryside from Londonto escape another bad relationship, Clare hopes to make yet another new start that will finally sort out her life.  She finds things aren’t so simple as her best friend Sylvie is abroad leaving Clare to share the house with enigmatic and moody Alex. Clare soon finds work and a new livelihood but still finds that all her relationships with men seem doomed to failure.

 Alongside the tale of Clare’s new life runs the story of Tom’s troubled childhood and adolscence.  How will he fit into Clare’s world? Set in the 1990s, before widespread use of Mobiles and the Internet, ‘Tom’ is not only a sinister tale of lost identity, possession and mental illness but also a journey to fulfilment and love as Clare, Alex, Tom and Sylvie find healing and faith.

 Do write comments if you read it, or even contact me direct on this email address.  If you like it, tell your friends and send this page on – please!!

If you don’t have a Kindle, you can download Kindle for PC for free on Amazon. You can download a preview before you buy or look inside too. Just type in my name or the book title! You can find it on;



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Publishing an ebook


Way back in 1992, I wrote a book,Tom.  A seriously Christian book that in some ways reflected my life (I see it more now) but amateur and with many faults.  Carried away by having done a course with the London School of Journalism, I felt I could write and it was a good way of occupying myself as the kids were now both at school.

Our Pastor’s wife patiently typed it out and then I spent many hours searching the Writers and Artist’ s Year book, looking for publishers and preparing my synopsis to go with it.  All my sendings came unceremoniously back, and I was thinking of papering the walls of the downstairs loo with them.  Of course its difficult to break into the publishing market, but I became so disheartened that I gave up on writing and spent the next five years doing an OU Degree to acquire the knowledge and skills behind the art of novel writing.  Enjoyed it too, but once it was done, it really was time for me to go back to work and I ended up in an office working in Fine Art Insurance.  Tom was buried.

Tom remained so for several years, stuck on some very old floppy discs, which I found by chance on the Internet could be reformatted for Word, which I did. I brought the book here and it gathered dust as we settled in.

I did fiddle with it, but the biggest surprise came on my 50th Birthday when the kids presented me with a bound copy – I was in print!   Now spurred on by my brother’s success (Hi Wilbur) on ebooks, where he’s successfully published his own novels, I’m grooming Tom to go online.  To anyone out there, answer me this;

Why do the epublishing websites not provide a cover creating programme with their editing pages?  I’m so surprised that Microsoft hasn’t jumped on this and created a programme with templates.

Why can’t editing the book be made easier, I get these pages of gobbledgook when all I want to do something like remove a blank space, why can’t these online editors be as simple as Word – Go on Microsoft and Apple -do something!