Monthly Archives: December 2020

‘Tis the season to be READING

Despite lockdowns, restrictions and being reduced to tiers, our imaginations can be unlocked whenever we wish – with a BOOK! 🙂 That can be with nonfiction, as well as fiction or poetry or (shock horror) a combination of all sorts in one book. Sorry, librarians.

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Like many books, Live from the Crypt started off with just two words: What If?  What if famous characters from history were guests on a 21st century TV chat show?  What if ‘Ghosts Reunited’ brought together friends and enemies from the past? What if we could link live by satellite to people and scenes from long ago?

So, through the wonders of modern technology and a dollop of imagination, a series of ten books of the TV shows are on their way. The first four are now here.

What you call these books is up to you! Nonfiction is often a misleading term. It covers a multitude of styles and genres to help us connect with the ‘real stuff’ of events, people, information, dates and yes, facts. Even if dressed in fantasy and humour, surely something of ‘the truth’ can shine through. So, through interviews, panel games, quizzes, graveside banter and even commercial breaks, the movers and shakers from the past are brought to life for our amusement and edification. These books are designed to be read alone or in groups, or even performed and recorded. Or just enjoy the stylish comic strips sprinkled with details from historical records.  Whether that’s nonfiction, you decide. We simply call it Live from the Crypt, and trust everyone learns something as the ghosts come out to tell their stories – live on air.

Thank you to schools for telling me what you’ve been reading and writing lately. What delightful letters I’ve received from Awsworth Primary after they’ve been reading together The Secret Message.

Don’t forget another mix of fact and fiction in my two new mystery books out this month – just right for a Christmas SHIVER!





Plenty of new titles for all ages are on their way in 2021, including all sorts of little picture books for toddlers’ bedtime tales. Funny characters, quirky vehicles, ridiculous robots, dinosaurs, farm animals and pirates will all be popping up and yes, even something Christmassy for NEXT Christmas!

Whirrr! Big Green HelicopterVroom! Big Purple Car! - Whizzz! (Board book)

It’s bedtime now – it’s dark out there,                                 The world is waiting, everywhere…

Now dream of shepherds and their sheep                                As Christmas angels sing you to sleep.


Truly Foul & Cheesy Christmas Facts and Jokes Book