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I am a writer - late developer since I wasn't published until I was 50. I have now written 23 novels, numerous short stories and articles.


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Tuesday 4 March 2008
What sort of blogger can I call myself? Useless! I last posted in September, nearly 6 months ago. Useless! A March resolution, I will do better. In my last blog I said I had been unwell. I don't know why I wasn't more honest. Silly really. There's no shame in having something wrong. It's not as if I'm an axe murderer, is it? Bottom line is I've been diagnosed with Parkinson's. It might sound silly but I was relieved it was that and not something far worse - such as MS or a tumour. It's scary but I'm determined to deal with it. Isn't it strange how we deal with illness, a bit Victorian really, hiding behind euphemisms and pretending all is well. Once I came clean I have to say I've met with real kindness and support. In any case with something like Parkie people could easily think I was p*****! So better to tell the truth. In particular, my publishers, Orion, have been very understanding. There is of course a downside - isn't there always? It's those people who treat me as if I were terminally ill. "How are you?" they say with the you on a downward slide. "Don't you think you'd be better off in a bungalow?" Now I've nothing against bungalows but I have against her attitude, she is a real "does she take sugar?" in the making! The plus side is that I've met some amazing people by joining a forum for people with Parkinson's, they are a fun group. And I've learnt how my family love me - such positive things. I won't wait six months to post again.


  1. Anita, remember me from our workshop in Las Cabannes?

    I have tried to find you, now I have and hope to hear from you. My email is the same.

    I am writing my first novel, later than you did, age related I mean.

    Do get in contact. Love Christine and Brian

  2. If you look us up on our blog

    you can see what we did last year...x

  3. MS is not always bad.There are several forms of the illness.

  4. Possibly of interest to you:

    Bob Dawson
    634 Route 203
    Havelock, Quebec
    J0S 2C0

  5. I am huge fan of your in particular your novel Clares War, i have read it over 20 times,i can in my mind imagine scene by scene how the movie would go and would love to see it on the big screen some day