Yes, I’m ashamed since once I begin a project, I’m like a dog with a bone and I don’t let go.

For example, in 1984, when I wrote my first radio script, I had a broadcast time to deliver, and I made it – just. Since then, I’ve never missed one.

During this lockdown, I made my own deadline for getting the next book written and launched. I’ve made it, though it was hard. Like many of us, I just wanted to binge on Netflix and chomp chocolate.

But I set a goal of 3,000 words a day and stuck to it.

Now, in my bumbling fashion, I’m trying to get the word out.

So, why do I feel guilty?

I have not blogged for ages. I’ve promised to write about my travels to Australia and India and I have all the stuff to hand, but I’ve yet to find the energy. Any spare? Please send it over.

The new book?  It’s a sequel to A Year in the Life of Leah Brand.

A gentle, meek, housewife is driven to the edge of madness as objects in the house begin to mysteriously move around. Her best friend Andrea was there for her in the dark times, but then they lost touch.

A Year in the Life of Andrea Coe follows straight on, and although it can be read as a standalone, it makes more sense to read them in order.

“How well do you know your best friend?” What was the attraction between a quiet, insecure housewife and an outrageous, confident, outspoken woman who lived life to the full? Was she all she seemed to be?

Belinda makes an appearance, several in fact – readers told me she was a favourite character. Still sassy, still raiding the fridge and possibly into something a lot more serious.

So, does Andrea have a hidden agenda and if so, what is it?

I’ll be back soon and that’s a promise – guest posts and my travelogue. Just give me a few weeks to get my breath back while I try to tell about 7 billion people, (I’ll settle for 6 billion) that I have a new psychological thriller out.

Take care and stay safe.




7 thoughts on “SO GUILTY

  1. Wow, Lucinda – I don’t think I could ever manage 3,000 words a day, or anything like it. You’re a human dynamo. Congratulations on A Year in the Life of Andrea Coe – that is such exciting news, and wishing you great success with it and also Book 1.

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    • It’s years of training meeting near-impossible deadlines with two hungry children hovering in the background that does it Toni! It works wonders. It was also a great way to combat that niggly feeling that I wanted to go out and couldn’t! Thanks for the re-blog 🙂


  2. Reblogged this on Toni Pike and commented:
    Lucinda E. Clarke talks about her amazing achievement during the lockdown – writing her new book, which is now out. Read all about it here – and remember to grab a copy when you finish.

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  3. I just discovered you through a re-blog by Beetleypete – and I’m thrilled to have found you. I purchased the first book in this series on Amazon and can’t wait to get started. But then reading through your bio I got curious. Is there a memoir? And it looks like there might be three. Can’t wait to read them. All the best to you!

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  4. hi Beck, so happy to connect. Yes, 3 memoirs, the first Walking over Eggshells is about growing up and the crazy life I led and how I fell into things. The Truth, Lies, and Propaganda series is all about my writing career, I fell into that as well! I didn’t intend to publish those as I just wanted to get all the experiences sown on paper before I forgot them. Also useful if I forget who I am and then I can read about my life in my rocking chair on the terrace 🙂


  5. No need to feel guilty Lucinda. We all understand, not only you were away for three months, but also how busy you are. Nevertheless, throughout you have maintained contact with us via social media etc. Great to see your new book is out.

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