Tuesday, May 28, 2019


Writing a new novel, and being a quarter of the way into it so that the hard part is done and the future stretches ahead full of exciting promise - this is my most favoured situation.

I am not in it now.

I am impatiently waiting for the paperback to come out, because so many of you are also waiting, and also because I can then send it to journalists to get some publicity to boost sales. 

Impatience is one of my more prominent and less appealing character flaws, which leads me to check the Amazon listing of the ebook at least four times a day to see if there are any more reviews up yet. There are 4 at present. You can see the listing and the reviews here.

I'm impatient for the ash trees to come out. Last May I was so impatient I was worrying about them and asking everyone if they thought that ash die-back had arrived in Derbyshire. 

This last weekend was Derbyshire Open Arts weekend, and Dave and I have seen a lot of fabulous paintings, photographs, prints and textiles. Yesterday it rained on and off for most of the day and as I am not in that favoured situation described in para 1, I decided to get out my fabrics and make something. It's a card for Wendy, but I am so impatient I am having it on the blog today, rather than showing it to you when Wendy has seen it. I mean! It's not even properly finished yet. Actually she already has seen it, because I tweeted a picture of it before I wrote this blog and she saw the tweet.  At least she liked it.

I've just got back from an early bike ride up the Trail. I set off at 7.30 a.m. because heavy rain is forecast for later.

The Trail is a major character in the new novel, EVEN WHEN THEY KNOW YOU. There is another main character whose name several people have said they don't like and I'm wondering if I shouldn't have used it. But I really wanted to! I'm thinking I should tell you what it is now so you can get used to it before you read the book. It's an old Cornish name. I met someone with it when I was 15 and really liked it. It's Loveday. There. You have time to get used to it now.


Anonymous said...

I love these pictures of the trail - please can you drip feed identifying pictures of the greenery mentioned in "Even when they know you" so we know what you are talking about? Rosebay willow herb I know but I couldn't identify Chervil for example. #still thinking about it #can't wait to get my hands on a hard copy (to be able to put it in friend's hands)

Sue Hepworth said...

Hi Jenetta
Wild chervil is like a miniature version of cow parsley.
I'm glad you liked the book well enough to want a friend to see it.