Lockdown Diary – 2020 – 80 – Scary Steps

The figures here convey a mix of aggression and fear as they push forward. I feel they encapsulate our collective psyche as we try it all out. Have we left enough time? Will we be able to avoid a cuddle with that grandchild we haven’t seen for three months?

There’s still much to be done – and much to be avoided.

DH spent nearly all day yesterday on the pc at virtual meetings and then playing bridge. This allowed me the mental space to get on with the wip which is now in much better nick. We still managed another slides’ viewing and visited Exeter, Devon, Arran and Glen Affric. Lamb curry from the freezer emptying project with an orange lentil daal – recipe from Hello Fresh. Lamb from Mathieson’s (Coq and Bull), Ratcliffe Terrace.

Lovely chat with a family member. They have so looked out for us.

In the writing world, Ann Burnett‘s tour continues. Today Sophie Claire‘s wonderful romance set partly in Provence, A Forget-Me-Not Summer is published in paperback. Romance with recipes – what’s not to enjoy. Congratulations, Sophie. Available from Tesco’s and bookshops and also on you-know-where here




Fascinating I Am – Sophie Claire

Novels Now is thrilled to welcome debut novelist SOPHIE CLAIRE, who has agreed to share a few little known facts about her life. HER FORGET-ME-NOT EX is published by Accent Press and buy links are below.

Sophie admiring her hard work

Sophie admiring her hard work









Fascinating Fact One


I was born in Africa where, as a baby, I used to enjoy crawling up and down the lawn. One day I spotted a rattle snake following me up and down, half concealed in the flower bed and was captivated… Fortunately, Mum saw it too and snatched me away in time!


Fascinating Fact Two

It has been suggested (by my husband!) that I’m addicted to buying scarves.The thing is, I love for my outfits to coordinate so I’ve accumulated all the colours of the rainbow. When they didn’t fit in the drawer any more, I bought this clever sock-holder from Ikea to hold them all! scarves








Fascinating Fact Three  

I’m half French, and aged 4, I used to sit between my two grandfathers (French and Scottish) and translate for them so they could hold a conversation. I went on to study Modern Languages (French and German) at university, and my heritage sneaked its way into my novel, Her Forget-Me-Not Ex, with the hero, Luc Duval and his French family in Provence.

Fascinating Fact Four

patchwork quilt

One of my most calming hobbies is patchwork quilting. I like the English method of paper piecing and hand sewing. It’s very slow, but so much more relaxing than using a sewing machine. This is the one I’m working on now, nicknamed The Neverending Quilt because I started it over ten years ago and, although I’ve made a few others since, I still haven’t finished this one.

Fascinating Fact Five

I’m incurably nosey and have been getting into trouble for it all my life! I can’t write in cafés because I get too caught up listening to other people’s conversations. However, this is all inspiration for characters, and I pick up the most intriguing snippets of dialogue, which invariably trigger stories or plots.

Cover Her Forget-Me-Not Ex

Cover Her Forget-Me-Not Ex

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