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 Strange how the world can change without warning … 

As, like wonderfully resilient Hester, the heroine of my first book with Orion ‘The Ferryman’s Daughter’, we all settle down to the new reality of a world changed by events from seemingly far away, I’ve decided to abandon my planned posts building up to publication on May 14th. Instead, I’m asking my fellow authors how they are dealing with being in lockdown and a new way of working. Along with any tips they might have for keeping creativity alive – or even using this time of seclusion to finally get those hidden talents up and running.

Today, I am asking multiple Sunday Times best-selling author, Trisha Ashley, about how she is faring as she prepares for the publication of her new book ‘The Garden of Forgotten Wishes‘ this July – and any tips on finally getting that novel written! 

Take it away, Trisha! 


Trisha signing at Daunts bookshop, London

Trisha’s new novel, out this July.

I hardly noticed the virus storm clouds gathering, having spent most of the previous month frantically trying to finish my new book. Once I’d sent it off and was about to emerge into the world again, it became impossible. So, here I am, about to dive straight into another new book instead!

I know many of you are wondering if you should use some of your suddenly free time to start to write – so yes, stop thinking about it, and do it!

Trisha, with fellow author Elizabeth Morton – not forgetting Time Lord Peter Davison!

The technique of writing a novel can be taught, just like that of throwing a pot. But no one can teach you how to breathe life into the clay – that has to come from inside yourself. If you are constantly putting up barriers to stop yourself writing, then Natalie Goldberg’s Writing down the Bones will unblock the U-bend of your creativity and get you looking at the world in a different and more inspiring way. And read Stephen King’s book, On Writing, because he really tells it like it is, plus has a lot of practical advice at the end.


Question and answer session at the Northwich LitFest

A few years ago I wrote a quirky, offbeat novel very unlike my usual ones, called Written from the Heart (formerly titled Happy Endings), simply because the heroine, Tina Devino, took over my head and insisted on pouring out her heart on the subject of the struggles of being a midlist author, her complicated love life, and the manuscripts sent to her by hopeful authors via her lit and crit agency…. I think some of the letters she included would give you pointers on what not to do.

So – have a go, explore, get words on the page and see where it takes you. But, most of all, enjoy yourselves!

You can buy the UK edition  HERE

and the US edition HERE


The Garden of Forgotten Wishes

The brilliant new novel from Top Five Sunday Times bestselling author Trisha Ashley

All Marnie wants is somewhere to call home. Mourning lost years spent in a marriage that has finally come to an end, she needs a fresh start and time to heal. Things she hopes to find in the rural west Lancashire village her mother always told her about.

With nothing but her two green thumbs, Marnie takes a job as a gardener, which comes with a little cottage to make her own. The garden is beautiful – filled with roses, lavender and honeysuckle – and only a little rough around the edges. Which is more than can be said for her next-door-neighbour, Ned Mars.

Marnie remembers Ned from her school days but he’s far from the untroubled man she once knew. A recent relationship has left him with a heart as bruised as her own.

Can a summer spent gardening help them heal and recapture the forgotten dreams they’ve let get away?

UK edition can be pre-ordered HERE

US edition can be pre-ordered HERE

Trisha Ashley is from St Helens in West Lancashire, and believes that her typically dark Lancashire sense of humour in adversity, crossed with a good dose of Celtic creativity from her Welsh grandmother, has made her what she is today…whatever that is. Several of her novels are set in rural West Lancashire, West Yorkshire and Wales. They frequently explore aspects of the three F’s that are a constant in her own life: Food, Flowers and Friendship and include delicious recipes at the back.

Trisha has a website at www.trishaashley.com where you can sign up for her newsletters, and an official fan site at www.trishaworld.net where you can find out more about her, or see a complete list of her books. You will also find her on twitter as @trishaashley.


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