Merry Christmas
With the schools breaking up soon and the Christmas parties in full flow I’d just like to take this opportunity to wish you A Very Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year. Cathy & family. xxx

Monday 19th December 2016

Guy Fawkes Night
If you are celebrating Guy Fawkes night enjoy and stay safe.

Saturday 5th November 2016

USA Special Offers
I like to pass on special offers straightaway and here are a couple that will interest my friends in America. HIDDEN:

Tuesday 1st November 2016

Facebook 50,000!
My publishers have just pointed out that I have exceeded 50,000 likes on Facebook. Thanks to you all xx

Friday 28th October 2016

Top Ten
Can I Let You Go remains in the Top Ten UK bestseller charts for a seventh week. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Thank you for all your kind words and wonderful reviews. They are much appreciated.

Wednesday 26th October 2016

To my friends in America, I understand from my publishers that Can I Let You Go is in Walmart. Hope this helps. Have a good weekend x

Friday 21st October 2016

A couple of pieces of good news I’d like to share.
Can I Let You Go remains in the UK Top Ten bestseller
My publishers are running a competition on their Facebook page to win copies of Can I Let You Go.

Tuesday 11th October 2016

Happy Thanksgiving weekend to all my friends in Canada.

Saturday 8th October, 2016.

And more good news.
My publisher has just emailed to say that Can I Let You Go retains its number 2 spot in the UK bestseller chart for a fourth week. Great news.

Friday 7th October 2016

More good news.
Can I Let You Go remains at no 2 in the UK paperback bestseller chart for another week. Thanks again for all your kind comments and well wishes. They are much appreciated.

Wednesday 28th September 2016

Some good news I’d like to share.
Just heard from my publishers that Can I Let You Go is at number two again in the UK paperback charts. Thanks to all. x

Wednesday 21st September 2016

Children starving in Yemen
Shocking images coming out of Yemen

Wednesday 21st September 2016

Google Play Chart No 3!
More good news from my publisher. Can I Let You Go is at 3 in Google Play chart! Have a great weekend. Cathy & family xx

Friday 16th September 2016

Teresa May on grammar schools.
I was appalled to hear our new prime minister Theresa May announce she was seeking to reintroduce the two tier system of grammar and secondary schools. A good education should be available to all.  I was impressed when she took over from David Cameron after Brexit  but not any longer. She has just lost the Conservative party my vote.

Thursday 15th September 2016

Number 2 in the UK bestseller charts!
Just heard from my publishers that Can I Let You Go has gone straight into the UK paperback charts at no 2. I’m so pleased that Faye’s story has reached so many. Thank you for all the kind comments, emails and online reviews. They are much appreciated.

Wednesday 14th September 2016

Can I Let You Go?
Today is publication day for Can I Let You!
And Kobo are running a promotional sale of my books until 12th September, so if you use Kobo worth taking a look.

Thursday 8th September 2016

IBooks: Can I Let You Go?
Wow. Just heard from my publishers that Can I Let You Go? has gone straight into the iBooks Top 10 Chart at number 7.

Wednesday 7th September 2016

Part 2 e-book  Can I Let You Go
Part 2 e-book of Can I Let You Go is out today.  Part 3, the full e-book, paperback and Audible will be out on 8th September. Thank you x

Thursday 1st September 2016

Part 1 e-book Can I Let You Go?
Just to let you know that Part 1 e-book of Can I Let You Go is out today. Part 2 will be out on 1st September.  Part 3, the full e-book, paperback and Audible will be out on 8th September.

Thursday 25th August 2016

Just returned from watching The BFG – ten children and six adults. Wonderful film. Now I is going to make dinner.

Wednesday 10th August 2016

Time to run off some energy!
I’m looking after two brothers for the week to give their permanent carer a well deserved rest. I’d forgotten how much energy a six year old and an eight year old can generate! Time to go out with their football and run off some of it  despite the rain.

Wednesday 27th July 2016

True words on world peace.
John F Kennedy, 35th President of the United States, said that world peace doesn’t require that we love our neighbours only that we live together in mutual tolerance. How very true.

Monday 25th July 2016

Very excited.
Just received the preview copy of my next book: Can I Let You Go? Out in September. Twenty-five books and the buzz hasn’t worn off.

Wednesday 20th July 2016

Just to let you know that the price of Girl Alone is reduced in the Kobo summer sale:

Tuesday 12th July 2016

EU referendum result.
I think it needs to be said that the result was not anti-European but our frustration with Brussels.

Friday 24th June 2016

Teen Behaviour Part 3.
If you have been following my posts about teens here is the last of the three posts.

Wednesday 8th June 2015

Free Sampler
My publishers have just released a free sampler of I Miss Mummy:

Thursday 2nd June 2016

Foster Care Fortnight
I was pleased to be asked to add a quote in support of foster care fortnight. You may recognize it from one of my books.

Monday 16th May 2016

Eleven weeks in UK Top 20!
Just heard from my publishers that The Silent Cry is in the UK Top 20 bestseller  list for yet another week. Thank you so much for all the lovely messages and online reviews. They are much appreciated.

Thursday 12/05/2016

Mother’s Day.
Happy Mother’s Day to all my friends celebrating today, including mums in Australia, America and Canada.  Enjoy your special day. Cathy xx

Sunday 08/05/2016

Teenagers Part 2
If you are a teenager or come into contact with teenagers you may identify with some of this: Part 2 of my blog about teenagers for The Fostering Network.

Thursday 05/05/2016

Unaccompanied minors
Unaccompanied minors have been arriving in this country for as long as I have been fostering. If they don’t have family here who can look after them then they are looked after in the care system often going to foster carers. Of course we must help them but there is already a shortage of foster carers so I have concerns who will look after these highly traumatized young people.

Thursday, 05/05/2016

UK Bestseller
The Silent Cry is in the UK top 20 for another week, making 10 in total. So pleased this book has reached so many. Thanks to all x

Wednesday 04/05/2016

Britain’s Got Talent
Like many people my family and I were moved to tears by the voice of this beautiful young lady.

Saturday 30/04/2016

Junior doctor’s strike
I have tremendous admiration and respect for the doctors and nurses who staff our NHS, but I think the decision by junior doctors to strike today was a bad one.

Tuesday 26/04/2016

Two pieces of good news.
The Silent Cry retains a Top Ten position for another week. And my next book – Can I Let You Go? – is now showing on Amazon.

Wednesday 13/04/2016

Parents or carers of adolescents may find this useful. There is more information in my book Happy Kids:

Saturday 09/04/2016

Sixth Week
Just heard that The Silent Cry remains in the UK Top Ten Bestseller Charts for a 6th week.  I am delighted that Laura and the children’s stories reached so many. I am out with the children at a small local animal centre. Sunshine and showers.

Wednesday 06/04/2016

The Silent Cry
Great news from my publishers: The Silent Cry remains in the UK top ten charts for yet another week.  Thank you for all your lovely comments. If you are on school holidays, enjoy.

Wednesday 30/03/2016

Happy Easter

Friday 25/03/2016

The Silent Cry
Wonderful News. The Silent Cry retains its UK chart position at number 2, which is absolutely fantastic. I am so pleased that Laura and the children’s stories have reached so many. Thank you again for all the very kind comments and reviews.  They are much appreciated.

Wednesday 23/03/2016

I Miss Mummy offer
I’m very pleased to say that I Miss Mummy has been selected for the Kindle Spring Sale, starting today.

Wednesday 23/03/2016

Classes and Reading Groups
I had a lovely online chat with a group of students and their teacher in Nebraska, USA, this afternoon, using I’ve had similar chats with other groups in various parts of the world. If you would like to discuss one of my books please email and we’ll see if we can arrange to ‘meet’. There are various online platforms that offer this service which are secure and free.

Tuesday 22/03/2016

Good news from my publisher.
I’ve just received two pieces of good news from my publisher.  The Silent Cry remains at No 2 in the UK Bestseller charts for another week!  Thanks to all. And for those who haven’t yet read Daddy’s Little Princess a free sampler has been released.

Wednesday 16/03/2016

Just a reminder that all my books can be listened to as well as read:

Thursday 10/03/2016

Bestseller Charts.
Great news. I’ve just heard from my publishers that The Silent Cry is in the bestseller charts for another week, now at no 2. Thank you so much for all your lovely messages and reviews. This is a subject that has clearly touched many.

Wednesday 09/03/2016

My latest blog for the Fostering Network

Monday 07/03/2016

Happy Mother’s Day.
If you are celebrating Mother’s Day today, enjoy your special day. Cathy xx

Sunday 06/03/2016

To all my readers in Malaysia.
My new book The Silent Cry is available in Malaysia from leading book stores and online: It is the true story of Laura, whose life touched mine in a way I could never have foreseen. As a foster carer I hope that in some small way I can help the children and their families towards a better future. Thank you for all your support. I love hearing from you. Cathy xx

Friday 4/03/2016

Q & A
Here is a little Q&A that has just gone live and may be of interest

Wed 2/03/2016

Fantastic News
Excited! The Silent Cry has gone straight into the non fiction paperback charts at number 1!! Thank you to everyone for your very kind comments. They are much appreciated. Cathy xx

Tues 1/03/2016

iBooks News
Wow. Just heard that The Silent Cry is in the Top 10 at iBooks today!

Thurs 25/02/2016

New Book
I am very happy to announce that my new book, The Silent Cry, is out tomorrow, in paperback, e-book and Audible. Available from leading book stores and supermarkets and online. It is the true story of Laura whose life touched mine in a way I could never have foreseen. It is also the true stories of little Darrel, Samson and Hayley.  Some stories can have a happy ending, others cannot, but as a foster carer I do my best and hope that in some small way I can help the children and their families towards a better future.

Wed 24/02/2106

Part 2 e-book The Silent Cry
Part 2 e-book of The Silent Cry is out tomorrow 18th Feb. The full e-book, paperback and Audible follow next week on 25th Feb. Thank you for all your touching comments from those who have read Part 1.
By coincidence BBC 1 screened a programme last highlighting postpartum psychosis – My Baby, Psychosis and Me.

Wed 17/02/2016

The Silent Cry
Just to let you know that the publication date for The Silent Cry is 25th February. As usual the book will be available in paperback, e-book, and Audible. However, you can read the first part early on e-book if you wish.  Thank you x

Wed 10/02/2016

Had a lovely lunchtime meeting with my publishers today. Lots of great plans for my new book The Silent Cry. Fantastic that Walmart are selling so many copies of my books now.

Thursday 28/01/2016

New Book
Just received a preview copy of The Silent Cry (out next month). It’s looking good. Very pleased.

Mon 25/01/2016

Police checks
All foster carers have a police check, but what exactly are they?

Thurs 14/01/2016

Just returned from collecting a child from court. Upsetting for all involved.

Wed 13/01/2016

USA: Special Offer
I like to pass on special offers on my books as soon as I hear of them. Only Another Forgotten Child is now on kindle for only $1.99.

Sat 09/01/2016

Happy New Year
Thank you for all your wonderful messages of support and kind words during 2015. They are very much appreciated. Happy New Year.  I hope 2016 is a good one for you.
Love Cathy & family xxxxxx

Mon 31/12/2015

Happy Christmas
The children have broken up from school now and excitement is high. I’d like to take this opportunity to wish everyone A Very Happy Christmas. Whether you have children or not, enjoy, for when it comes to Christmas we are all children at heart. Much love and best wishes from Cathy and family xxxxx

Mon 21/12/2015

Nook Sale
Just heard from my publishers that Mummy Told Me Not to Tell is in Nook’s December Sale:

Tue 8/12/2015

I write a short monthly blog for Fostering.Net and I would like to share my piece for December:

Mon 7/12/2015

The Silent Cry
Thank you for all your enquiries about my next book. The Silent Cry will be out in February (UK and overseas), and is now showing on Amazon. Have a great weekend.

Fri 4/12/2015

Nice surprise
Nice surprise this morning. I came downstairs to find a chocolate advent calendar from the children. Yummy x

Tue 1/12/2015

Big debate going on here. It’s the 1st December on Tuesday so do we put up our Christmas decorations this weekend or next?

Sat 28/11/2015

10th week!
Just had to share this! Girl Alone has retained its position in the UK Top Ten bestseller charts for a tenth week. Thank you for all your kind comments. They are very much appreciated. I read them all and reply to as many as I can. Cathy xx

Wed 18/11/2015

Thoughts and prayers are with our friends and relatives in Paris. A sad day.

Sat 14/11/2015

Friday 13th
Friday 13th today. Ever wondered why it is thought to be unlucky?

Fri 13/11/2015

9th week in UK Top Ten!
I promise I’ll stop chirping when Girl Alone leaves the UK Top Ten bestseller charts, but I had to share – Girl Alone is there again – for a ninth week! So pleased Joss’s story has reached so many.

Thu 12/11/2015

Facebook competition winners
Just a reminder that if you entered the competition on Facebook you need to claim your prize:

Wed 11/11/2015

Top Ten for 8th week!
Amazing news, just heard that Girl Alone has retained its position in the UK Top Ten bestseller list for an 8th week! Thank you so much for all your kind comments. They are much appreciated. Just finalizing the cover for my next book (The Silent Cry) which will be out in February.

Thu 5/11/2015

Throwing things in anger
Do you have a child who throws things in anger? Or perhaps you work with a child who does. You may find my blog on useful.

Mon 2/11/2015

Girl Alone Top Ten
Girl Alone remains in the Top Ten for a 7th week! My editor just emailed and said….’it’s testament to a great book!’ which was kind of her.

Wed 28/10/2015

Chart position
Just received an email from my publishers to say that Girl Alone is still at number 2 in the UK bestseller charts! Fantastic news. I am so pleased that Joss’s story has reached so many and not just in the UK but all around the world. A very big thank you.

Wed 7/10/2015

This saddens me greatly. I think it is wrong to kill in any circumstance.

Wed 30/9/2015

Restores faith in human nature.
How lovely. Brought tears to my eyes:

Sat 26/9/2015

Girl Alone
I’ve just heard from my publishers that Girl Alone has retained its place at No 2 in the UK bestseller charts. Fantastic news. Thanks to all.

Wed 23/9/2015

A milestone
With all the sad news in the world I find this rather comforting:

Wed 9/9/2015

The Night The Angels Came
This morning I opened an email from a reader who asked if I still had the text message from Patrick about the stars. Yes, I do. When I upgraded my phone I made sure it was transferred. “Stars are openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones shines through. Look to the stars Cathy and don’t be sad. Pat x”

Fri 21/8/2015

Annual moan!
I went into a card shop today (part of a well known chain) and to my horror there is a large display of Christmas cards and wrapping paper! NO!! I love Christmas but not in August please!

Thu 20/8/2015

Child pornography
Last night Channel 4 programme 24 hours in police custody. Two professional men, a teacher and a doctor, arrested and questioned about downloading child pornography from the internet. Shocking, obviously, but it made the important point that these images are NOT actors but real children who have been filmed while being abused.

Tue 4/8/2015

Cilla Black
So sad that national treasure, Cilla Black, has passed away at a relatively young age.

Mon 3/8/2015

Girl Alone
I have now received the publishing schedule for Girl Alone from my publishers and thought it might be useful to share it.
Kindle part 1 of 3: 27th Aug 2015
Kindle part 2 of 3: 3rd Sept 2015
Full kindle, other e-books, paperback and audio: 10th Sept 2015

Wed 29/7/2015

Ugh! Another wet day for most of the UK. I’ve had the heating on. In July!

Mon 27/7/2015

New Book for 2016
Very excited as I’ve just sent a new book, A Dark and Dangerous Place, to my publishers. We work 6 – 9 months in advance. Details are on the Book’s page of this website.

Thu 16/7/2015

Behavioural Disorders
My latest blog for Fostering Net is about behavioural disorders in children:

Fri 10/7/2015

Slaughter on Tunisian beach.
It is now known that at least 30 Britons died in the shooting on the Tunisian beach, including 3 generations from one family. It was a mindless attack on innocent people who were simply on holiday. Thoughts and prayers are with the loved ones of the bereaved. So very sad.

Mon 29/6/2015

Part 3.
If you are following the BBC’s Protecting Our Foster Kids, and missed last night’s episode, here is the link to watch it on catch up TV. Outside the UK it may be possible to watch it on You Tube.

Fri 26/6/2015

Two new audios out.
Two more of my books are out on audio this week. It is the same actress reading – Denica Fairman – and as usual she has done an excellent job.
The Night the Angels Came:>
My Dad’s A Policeman:

Thu 25/6/2015

Bible study group massacre
As more is known of the shocking massacre of 9 members of a bible study group in South Carolina it begs the questions how did a 21 year old become so warped and full of hatred? And how was he able to obtain a gun so easily? The emotional words of forgiveness from the grieving relatives are a testament to their faith and a lesson to us all. You are in our thoughts.

Sun 21/6/2015

Part 2 of fostering documentary
Worth seeing part two of this excellent documentary. The foster carer’s little boy was so like Adrian in his wish to keep the baby forever.

Mon 15/6/2015

Survey on moves
Following on from the discussion on the number of moves some children in care have, you may be interested in this survey by fostering net:

Sat 13/6/2015

Too many moves.
Protecting Our Foster Kids on BBC2 last night raised the worrying issue of the children in care who have to keep moving. I know some children who’ve had in excess of 50 placements.

Mon 8/6/2015

Run Mummy Run audio
A truly wonderful reading by Denica Fairman of Run Mummy Run. Out today in Audible:

Thu 28/5/2015

I’ve just heard from my publishers in America that Will You Love Me,(the story of my adopted daughter, Lucy) has now been download 10,461 times in the US alone! Lucy and I are absolutely delighted that her story has successfully crossed ‘the pond’. A big thank you from us all. Have a great weekend. Cathy & family

Fri 15/5/2015

UK General Election.
I feel totally uninspired by the forthcoming general election on 7th May. I always vote but I am really struggling to raise enthusiasm for any of the parties.

Sun 26/4/2015

New York.
Just received some great news from America: Will You Love Me, the story of my adopted daughter, has gone into the New York Times bestseller list at NUMBER 9 (e-books)! Fantastic.

Fri 24/4/2015

The Closed Choice
This article may be of interest for all those with children, not just foster carers.

Tue 14/4/2015

To my friends in Australia and New Zealand, my publishers tell me that the paperback of Saving Danny is now with you. Sorry for the delay xx

Tue 14/4/2015

School returns
After two weeks holiday it is a wrench to be back in the school routine again.

Mon 13/4/2015

Wonderful news. Yesterday Donna (The Saddest Girl In The World) gave birth to a little girl, 7lbs 6ozs. I know she will have a far better start in life than Donna did. I hope to see them all soon.

Fri 10/4/2015

Easter chocolate
I hope you had a lovely Easter holiday. We had family and friends to lunch yesterday and the weather was so beautiful we were able to eat outside. Trying to ration the amount of chocolate being eaten here – me as well as the kids.

Tue 7/4/2015

Happy Easter
Have a lovely Easter holiday. Much love Cathy and family xx

Fri 3/4/2015

Latest audio release
I’m so pleased as The Girl In The Mirror is now on Audible too:

Thu 2/4/2015

April Fools
No April fools joke! Saving Danny is in the UK Top Ten bestseller charts for another week! More on the origin of April Fool’s Day:’_Day

Wed 1/4/2015

Top Ten!
Great News from my publishers: Saving Danny has gone straight into the UK bestseller charts at number 4. Thanks to all xx

Tue 17/3/2015

Best Mother’s Day present.
My son was at the supermarket checkout yesterday and the boy in front had a bag of coins, clearly the contents of his money box, to pay for a bunch of flowers for Mothers Day. After counting out all his money the lad was £2.50 short so without hesitation Adrian gave him the money he needed. Adrian didn’t tell me this, a friend who’d seen it did. It’s the best mother’s day present ever for me. If your are celebrating Mothers Day today have a good one. Cathy xxx

Sun 15/3/2015

Part 2 e-book
For those who are buying Saving Danny e-book in 3 parts, part 2 is out today. The full e-book, paperback and audio will be out on 12th March. Thank you. Enjoy your day

Thu 5/3/2015

March Blog
I write a monthly blog for foster carers on issues that affect not only carers but parents too.

Wed 4/3/2015

Child Genius
Has anyone been watching Child Genius on Channel 4? First shown last August. I feel the pressure some of these children are put under amounts to child abuse. Is it really genius or just cramming children with thousands of facts?

Sun 1/3/2015

New Audible
Please Don’t Take My Baby is the lastest of my books to be recorded on Audible. Same actress reading, same high standard. There is an excerpt on the link:

Fri 27/2/2015

I fear that …
I fear that the extensive media coverage given to the three British teenagers who have run away to Syria to become jihadi brides may encourage more vulnerable and impressionable young people to do the same.

Fri 27/2/2015

Free books
A Goodreads giveaway has just gone live! 50 free books to be won. I hope you are lucky.

Tue 24/2/2015

Saving Danny
Just to let you know that Part 1 e-book only of Saving Danny is out early on Thursday. Part 2 is out 5th March and Part 3, the whole book, paperback and audio will be out on 12th March. Thank you.

Tue 24/2/2015

Valentine’s Day
I have a Valentine card – from the children! How sweet is that. Enjoy your day, and half term holiday if you have children at school.

Sat 14/2/2015

New audio releases
Two more of my books are now on audio. Same actress reading and as with previous books she has done a great job:

Tue 10/2/2015

Coming of Age
The legal age at which young people can assume certain responsibilities and be held accountable is confusing. This should help:

Tue 27/1/2015

Page 3
The Sun Newspaper’s decision to finally stop showing breasts on page 3 is I feel the right one. I know many men disagree. It would be an interesting experiment to print a full page picture of a naked male, and then ask for their opinions.

Wed 21/1/2015

Sad news as Corrie star dies
I was very sorry to learn that Anne Kirkbride – Coronation Street’s Deirdre Barlow had passed away. Like many others who follow Corrie I felt I knew her personally.

Tue 20/1/2015

Technical Error
Apologies to my friends in America who are unable to access my latest Audilbe release – Another Forgotten Child. This is due to a technical fault which my publishers are correcting. Sorry for the inconvenience. Happy weekend to all. xxx

Sat 17/1/2015

A new Audible realease.
I am happy to announce that Another Forgotten Child is on Audible as from today, with a free excerpt. It’s the same reader and as usual she’s done a great job.

Thu 15/1/2015

Charlie Hebdo
While I agree with free speech I really don’t see why it is necessary to satirize religion, which means so much to so many. There are plenty of other topics.

Thu 15/1/2015

Interesting points raised.
There were some very interesting and significant points raised in BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour this morning in respect of Ched Evans returning to play professional football, and role models in football. Worth a listen:

Thu 8/1/2015

My heartfelt thanks to you all for making 2014 the wonderful year it was. Much happened, both in fostering and writing, and it was lovely that you were with us every step of the way. So very best wishes for 2015. Cathy, Adrian, Lucy and Paula x

Thu 1/1/2015

Free e-samplers
My publishers have released the following free e-samplers, which include an extract from Saving Danny – out in March. Have a wonderful New Year.

Wed 31/12/2014

Online book sales
Coming up for air after a busy but delightful Christmas. There are a number of books sales online, including A Baby’s Cry on Nook, and Will You Love Me? on Amazon.

Mon 29/12/2014

I Miss Mummy Audilbe
Another lovely reading. I Miss Mummy is out now on Audible. Here is an excerpt:

Sat 20/12/2014

Christmas in care
A few comments about Christmas from young people I’ve fostered:

Thu 18/12/2014

New Update
I’ve just added a new update for Another Forgotten Child. Please check the update page on this website if you have read the book. x

Wed 17/12/2014

I’ve just added a new update for The Saddest Girl in the World. Please check the update page on this website. x

Mon 8/12/2014

Home for Christmas
Just come from a meeting and the little boy I have been looking after will be returning home for Christmas. Great news.

Thu 4/12/2014

We all had great fun at the weekend putting up the Christmas decorations.

Mon 1/12/2014

‘Black Friday’
Glad I wasn’t out shopping yesterday. Whatever was all that about? If yesterday was Black Friday for shopping then today must be Silly Saturday.

Sat 29/11/2014

Thanksgiving USA
Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends in America. Enjoy your celebrations. Cathy xx

Thu 27/11/2014

Zeena’s plight.
Just heard that The Child Bride is in the Top Twenty for another week, making 8 weeks in total, which is fantastic. But even more importantly, in the last couple of days I’ve had another three girls contact me saying they identified with Zeena’s plight and have found the courage to seek help. Well done.

Tue 18/11/2014

Ho ho ho
Going to make a start on Christmas shopping today. Everyone I speak to seems to have started theirs. Love Christmas but it’s just the thought of all that shopping…

Thu 13/11/2014

Chart position
I’ve just heard that The Child Bride is in the UK top ten paperback bestseller charts for another week, that’s seven weeks in total. My literary agent, Andrew said: “It’s a terrific achievement to stay in so long and so high.” But of course the real achievement is that Zeena’s story is reaching other girls in a similar position and giving them the courage to speak out and seek help. Thank you. I couldn’t have done it without you all reading the books. Cathy xx

Wed 12/11/2014

What do you think?
I need your help. My publishers and I are having a (heated) discussion about the subtitle for my next book, Saving Danny. Examples of subtitles from my previous books are “A young Asian girl. A hidden culture. A devastating truth.” (From The Child Bride) and ‘The true story of a frightened young girl who is desperate to go home.’ (From I Miss Mummy.).
So the question is this: is it better to have a few words similar to the above which tell you a bit about the book, or is it better to have a quote from the book, e.g. “Why does no one love me?”
I would really like to hear your views, thank you.

Fri 7/11/2014

Feeling low on this dismal grey Monday morning? I might have just the answer:

Mon 3/11/2014

Many of us with children celebrated Halloween last night, but do we know why? One boy who came to our little party had done some research. This is what he told us: The word Halloween is a shortening of All Hallows’, and has its origins in an ancient Celtic festival which celebrated the end of the harvest. The ancient Gaels believed that on October 31, the boundaries between the worlds of the living and dead overlapped, and the dead could come back and cause sickness or damage crops. Masks and costumes were worn to drive off the evil spirits. Interesting.

Sat 1/11/2014

Good day.
I’ve had a good day. The weather has been fantastic and The Child Bride remains at the top of the UK best settler lists for another week (no. 4). Also I’ve just finished writing my next book, Saving Danny, which will be out in March. I hope you’ve had a good day too. Cathy x

Tue 28/10/2014

Sunny Monday
Bright sunny morning here in the UK as I write the final chapter of my next book. Sunny all round. Enjoy your day.

Mon 27/10/2014

Dr Internet
Not sure whether to laugh or cry. I telephoned my doctor’s surgery yesterday evening to ask about a medical condition the child I’m fostering is suffering from. The doctor said he didn’t know the answer and suggested I google it.

Tue 21/10/2014

Lynda Bellingham
Very saddened to hear Lynda Bellingham has died. Fantastic lady and great television personality. I know she will be missed by many of us.

Mon 20/10/2014

Audio version
A reminder from my publishers that an excerpt from the Audible version of The Child Bride can be heard at:

Wed 15/10/2014

The Child Bride
The Child Bride paperback is doing very well and remains at the top of the UK best settler lists for another week (no. 3). I am so pleased that Zeena’s story has reached so many. Since publication I’ve received a number of emails from young people in a similar position and I am trying to get them the help they need.

Wed 15/10/2014

USA Walmart
Just heard from my publishers that Damaged and Will You Love Me? are available in Walmart. I hope more titles will follow soon.

Tue 14/10/2014

Thanksgiving Canada
To my friends in Canada, I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Mon 13/10/2014

Bestseller Charts
When a book is published if the author is lucky it goes into the bestseller charts. I like to share the news with my readers as soon as possible. So I am very pleased to say that for the second week running The Child Bride is number 2 in the UK paperback bestseller charts. Thank you for all the kind comments, emails, tweets, and facebook posts. They are much appreciated. Have a good evening. xx

Tue 7/10/2014

Update on 14 year old.
After a massive response on facebook the girl has emailed me and is in touch with someone who can help her. She said how moved she was by the many kind comments posted on my facebook page and that it meant a lot to her. It meant a lot to me too so a very big thank you. Xx

Sat 4/10/2014

To the scared 14 year old girl
If you are the scared fourteen year old girl who contacted me around 3.30 pm today on Facebook, having read The Child Bride, and then deleted her account please seek help: either from the police or one of the agencies listed at the back of my book. There is help available.

Fri 3/10/2014

Sold Out!
I understand that some supermarkets and books shops have sold out of The Child Bride. They are restocking very quickly. Fantastic that Zeena’s story is reaching so many, but not good if you had a wasted trip. Just a reminder all my books are available online, links on the Books page of this website.

Fri 3/10/2014

Greatly saddened to learn that the body of missing teenager Alice Gross’s has been found. Thoughts and prayers are with her family.

Wed 1/10/2014

UK Bestseller Lists
Lovely surprise. The Child Bride has gone straight into the UK paperback charts at no 2. I’m blown away. Thanks to everyone. I am so pleased Zeena’s story is reaching so many.

Wed 1/10/2014

No 3 on itunes!
Just heard from my publishers that The Child Bride is 3 in itunes books on the first day of its release. I am so pleased that Zeena’s story is reaching so many.

Thu 25/9/2014

Thoughts and prayers are with the parents of Alice Gross as police hunt for their missing daughter xx

Tue 23/9/2014

E-book Part 3
For those of you who have been reading The Child Bride e-book in parts, the final part, part 3, is out today. The full e-book, paperback and audio will be out on 25th Sept in the UK. Thank you for all your kind comments.

Thu 18/9/2014

Spent yesterday with my publishers – HarperCollins. We talked about plans for future books and my lovely readers. They also took me out to lunch which was great. On my return I received news of a child I may be fostering, so very busy here.

Wed 17/9/2014

Audible Latest release
The Saddest Girl in The World is the latest of my books to be recorded for Audible. Same actress reading the book. It is very good. Here is an excerpt:

Wed 10/9/2014

The Child Bride
Just returned from a short holiday and catching up with the mail. Part 1 of the e-book of The Child Bride can be downloaded now. Part 2 on 11th Sept, and part 3 on 18th Sept. The whole book will be available to download on 25th. Also in paperback and audible. Very exciting.

Tue 9/9/2014

Robin Williams
Although my family and I have never met Robin Williams like many many others we are greatly saddened by the news of his untimely death. He brought so much fun and laughter into our lives, how very sad that he couldn’t bring the same happiness into his own life.

Tue 12/8/2014

USA August Deal
Just heard from my publishers that at present USA readers can buy Another Forgotten Child for $1.99

Mon 11/8/2014

Hidden audio
Hidden audio is out today. The actress reading the book has done a great job as usual. You can listen to an excerpt here:

Thu 24/7/2014

Dreadful News
I wrote this article for Fostering Net last month. Sadly it is even more relevant now.

Tue 22/7/2014

School play
I watched one of the children’s end of term school plays this morning. I must have seen hundreds over the years, but seeing their little faces and hearing their angelic voices still brings a lump to my throat.

Thu 17/7/2014

Walmart USA
Will You Love Me will be in selected Walmart stores across America from today. Very good news.

Tue 8/7/2014

Literary Agents
If you’ve every wondered what a literary agent does, read my- and other well-known author’s views on my agent’s website:

Mon 30/6/2014

Competition USA
Competitions to win books are run at different times in different countries. At present in the USA you can win a copy of Will You Love Me?

Sat 28/6/2014