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Welcome to the blog for my debut book: The Grace of a Nightingale. Now available to buy in Hardback, Paperback and Kindle.

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Dare to Dream
Dare to Dream

In the bleakness of Kansas Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz desperately asks her dog “Some place where there isn’t any trouble. Do you suppose there is such a place, Toto?” As a young child I too longed for a place of serenity…a place without trouble…. ‘There must be. It’s not a place you can

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Tips For Writing A Book
Tips For Writing A Book

Here are some of the things I found helpful when writing my debut book….The Grace of a Nightingale – A Memoir of Vulnerability, Hope and Love, April 2019. 1_ Keep believing in Your Story and your ability to write whether its fiction or non-fiction. Despite how saturated literary sales may seem, we all love new

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Arrow Gate Publishing: why we acquired this wonderful book
Arrow Gate Publishing: why we acquired this wonderful book

When we received The Grace of A Nightingale by Mary Anne Willow, her flawless writing impressed us, and we enjoyed reading through her submission. The author uses free-flowing prose, and it was easy to get absorbed into the story. As an independent publisher, we have come across quite a lot of great manuscripts, but Mary

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Finding solace and beauty through music (Part 1)
Finding solace and beauty through music (Part 1)

Throughout my book ‘The Grace of a Nightingale’  you will discover how music has enabled me to find solace, beauty, love and hope during some of my darkest times. I have been able to dance when I could have crumpled, exchange despair for peace and freedom from prolonged misery. Many musicians have inspired me since I

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Quote – J.R.R. Tolkien
Quote – J.R.R. Tolkien

Words are so powerful and important to me. They inspire, teach, guide and console me day to day. The words of many writers have resonated with me over the years some of which I have used in my book and some I will share with you here.

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Getting published in the snow
Getting published in the snow

Getting published is reported as the low point for many writers due to its competitive and commercial nature. See: Writers and Artists Yearbook Guide to Getting Published. I had very little confidence in the quality/appeal of my writing especially as I haven’t published a book before. My silent mantra was ‘if I’m meant to publish

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