Recently I find myself reflecting on my accomplishments as a writer and have come to the conclusion that although I am but an amoeba in the pool of writers and poets, perhaps my contribution to the arts is not wasted.

If my words have helped or inspired others, then my work has not been in vain.  In addition to poetry and two works of contemporary fiction, I have been busy this past twenty months, producing a monthly article for a column in our local news journal.

Titled ‘Mansfield Bookshelf ‘I review and recommend books for local readers and occasionally talk about local literary events.

I must confess that I rather enjoy going to Inspire Library events and to the many local book and poetry festivals. One day in the not too distant future I plan to attend some of the larger and more famous literary festivals. Who knows I may meet some of my followers there. So if you happen to see me at any events, big or small, please come and say hello.






 I totally love the word. It conjures up many wonderful images in my mind. We read and hear so many amazing stories on a global scale about inspirational people who have achieved great things often against all odds.

Did you know the word inspiration meaning ‘to breathe into’ predates its literal meaning of ‘an unconscious burst of creativity in an artistic endeavour?

Take for example Stephen Hawking who even after being almost paralysed continued with his extraordinary work in the field of physics. He devoted his life to a single theory that describes our existence in the universe. I would guess that he inspired many people to have courage and conviction even when life may be unfavourable.

There are many examples of twenty-first-century women who have become icons of inspiration. Malala Yousafzai who at the age of 11, started writing blogs for BBC on the conditions of girl’s education in Pakistan, for which she constantly received life threats and was later shot by a Taliban gunman.

Being inspirational is also about leading by example and encouraging others to feel there is something worthwhile to do and to become.

This can be achieved by being true to yourself, to be enthusiastic and determined.

To never forget about caring for others and helping them to achieve their best.

Each time I begin to write a short story, novel or poem, I am seeking inspiration to bring the words alive, to add depth and meaning.

As I continue with this quest I try to keep in mind those people who have provided me with their life stories, their joy their struggles and their determination.


Inspire Culture


Throughout the world, changing seasons can remind us of the beautiful dynamics of nature.

Autumn beautifully crept upon us here in Mansfield with an array of literary events arranged by Nottinghamshire County Council and Inspire Culture.

The Inspire poetry festival began in advance of ‘The National Poetry Day October 3rd 2019’ with an exhibition of the Voices project in Mansfield Central Library.

This was a community project that aimed to harness the power of poetry to bring unheard of voices to the world.

Poet, playwright, and performer Ben Norris from Nottingham worked with Woodleigh Christian Care Home, Mansfield, Building Bridges, West Bridgford, Bassetlaw Day Services Worksop and the Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum Youth Project.

He worked with these very different groups, which included people living with dementia, adults with learning difficulties, refugees, and people living with or affected by mental health issues.

Supported and funded from the National Lottery, through Arts Council England. This was an amazing project facilitated by Ben Norris and photography by lens bases artist Ben Harriot.

I was especially moved by the poems written by the young refugees, reminding me of how difficult life can be.

Events throughout the week in Mansfield Central Library included a literary film ‘Bright Star, which told the story of the three-year romance between 19th-century poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne. A poetry reading workshop with Jenny Swann and a writing workshop with Deborah Tyler-Bennett.

Around Nottinghamshire many other amazing events took place, including ‘A Quite Enormous Poetry Event’ (yes, this was the title) performed at Nottingham Playhouse.

On tour with Chameleon Days

On tour with Chameleon Days.

Anyone who follows me on twitter and Facebook knows the one thing that I am consistent with is the unashamedly promotion of my books. Therefore, it will come as no surprise to learn that when another opportunity presented itself to me, I grasped it with both hands.

Allow me to share my journey from Southampton to The Norwegian Fjords aboard The Royal Caribbean Explorer Of The Seas.

Nominating my husband Michael as the man behind the lens to capture each moment of special significance was a shrewd manoeuvre on my part. All I had to do was hold my book at the right height to be captured in the shot while securing my cocktail with my other hand.

Being a budding perfectionist in his art allowed me enough time to enjoy the Pina Colada, watch the sail away from the port, and promote Chameleon Days. Talk about multi-tasking.

So here, I am courtesy of Cibsky photography on a glorious September morning.


Following a day and half, at sea, we arrived in Kristiansand the lively capital of Southern Norway. It was a short walk into town which being a Sunday was not lively at all as unfortunately most places were closed.  However, we enjoyed walking around the town admiring the quaint white and pastel-coloured houses and window-shopping.

Day five the ship moored at Flam, famous for the Flamsbana railway and the stunning views of the Myrdal Mountains. The waterfall at Stalheimsfossen and the snow-topped mountains gave a fairy tale feel to the whole experience.


Day six we arrived in the city of Bergen set amongst the backdrop of seven mountains. The surrounding fjords were best viewed from the top of Mt Floyen, which was reached by cable car. Strolling through the town, we visited the medieval neighbourhood of Bryggen with its cobblestone alleyways and historic wooden dwellings.


Day seven we sailed through the Lyse Fjord to my favourite port of call, Stavanger. This is a city full of historic architecture dating back to the 18th century. The cruise port was only a short distance from the town, which had a stunning waterfront and ocean views. As in all of the other ports of call, the air was so clean and fresh. It was truly exhilarating.

Interview with NF READS.

Quite unexpectedly, enquired if I was interested in providing an author interview. As a result, I did my due diligence and in doing so had the opportunity to read other interesting author interviews. I do hope that others will read the story of my journey to publication and feel inspired or motivated to begin or continue their own journey into the world of publishing.


Author K.L Loveley typing at her laptop

My own story began when I was quite young. Although at the time, I was not aware that I was laying down the foundations for my future as a writer of contemporary fiction and poetry.

During my childhood, I kept a diary, which I wrote in, with great enthusiasm, later writing in a journal. It will come as no great surprise to hear that I was an avid reader. Still, am. There is truth in the saying ‘So many books, so little time’.

As I left childhood behind my love of reading and writing did not wane. If anything, it went from strength to strength. I read the classics and studied A-Level language and literature. In awe of all published authors; one day striving to write a novel myself. From time to time, I wrote poetry eventually putting together a collection, which has recently been published by ‘Globeflower Books’. Chameleon days explores the changing and sometimes camouflaged emotions of a woman unleashed. Beautifully illustrated by the artist Elvina Dulac. This is available from Amazon and other retail outlets. (ISBN: 9781999829483)

Chameleon Days

Life for most of us dictates the necessity to work and earn a wage. I realised early on, the difficulty of earning a living from writing. Fortunately, I chose a career that I adored and was well suited to. Nursing involved a lot of hard work, unsociable hours, and dedication. There was also a terrific amount of study, which for me took no effort. I had a thirst for knowledge in those days, which was quenched from reading the many books and journals. Writing essays was an opportunity to practice my writing skills. Out of necessity, the nature of my writing at this stage was of a different genre to my current work. Scientific writing continued to be a part of my life for many years, well after completing a degree in Biological Science.

As much as I enjoyed this, it did not feed my creativity. Although writing in my journal allowed me to express myself in the written word. It did not completely hit the spot for me. When my family left home to become independent adults, I was able to reduce my working hours, enabling the pursuit of my dream to write a novel.

My journey to published author.

It was inevitable that my debut novel would incorporate my existing knowledge about real-life social issues. It came to my attention through my role as a Practice Nurse in Primary care that alcohol misuse among women in modern life was fast becoming a major public health and social issue. My debut novel simply called ‘Alice’ and published by Austin Macaulay publishers, is a fictionalised account that reflects the struggle of many women who find themselves in circumstances that feel beyond their control. Women who in their twenties saw themselves with a long and happy future ahead of them. Sadly, the reality for some women is that these aspirations and dreams are shattered when the family unit breaks down. These women may follow a different path with a change in their drinking habits.

The story follows the life of one such woman. Alice is available to purchase from Amazon, Waterstones, Foyles, Barnes and Noble and other retail outlets. ISBN-10: 1786129728

ISBN-13: 978-1786129727 Available as a hardback, paperback and EBook.

July 2015 I completed the first draft of my debut novel Alice. In truth, I hoped but doubted very much that it would be of interest to mainstream publishers. An unknown author like me. Who would take such a chance? Out of interest, I began my google search of publishers. Where does one start? Well, at the very beginning of course. With the letter A.

In retrospect, I realise now, just how naïve I was, and still am to some extent. However, since the early days of my journey, I have learned a lot more. I told myself that I was just testing the water and prepared for many rejection letters or maybe, no reply at all. From my search of the internet, I discovered that there were very few publishers willing to take on new writers. However, hey, I was testing the water, right. I went back to the first search page and chose the first publisher willing to take on new authors. A = Austin Macaulay.

Forward to August 2015 and I received a reply from them. The first of many rejection letters I thought. Wrong! To my utter amazement, the letter was positive.

‘The publishing board have reported favourably on a piece of work which you submitted for consideration. ‘

No way, I thought. This is incredible news. After sending them the full manuscript, they offered me a publishing contract. Not a traditional contract where the author is paid an advance, but one with good royalty payments set against a one-off payment by myself to cover costs. It was a reasonable amount and I understood it was a risk on their part. I was assigned a production coordinator who was very professional. After approximately eighteen months, the book was ready to go to press. I was able to decide on my own front cover design and the blurb. Although they provided me with a few front cover designs, none truly appealed. Therefore, I sought help from a contact of mine who lived local and was able to meet with me to plan a suitable front cover. The publisher was happy with the arrangement, and the first books were hot off the press in January 2017. I organised a book launch party in a fabulous listed building in my local village. It was well attended and such an awesome experience for my family and myself.

Once I had completed the editing and proofreading process of my debut novel, I began working on my second book. However, I did not take into account the amount of effort and hard work required to promote and market my debut novel. The lady who helped with my front cover design, Anna’lisa meanwhile developed a marketing company of her own. With her help, I set up the most popular social platforms to promote my book. She developed a website for me and taught me about how to manage it and write blog posts. She arranged radio interviews media coverage and magazine contacts. Anna’lisa also arranged a couple of blog tours and give aways, something I was not aware of. In effect, she became my marketing manager.

Upcoming book release 2017 - Debut novel 'Alice' by K.L Loveley, female drinking alcohol on a black book cover

When my second book ‘Love, Secrets And Absolution’ (ISBN-13: 978-1999829407) was ready for publication I was so satisfied with her work that I agreed to her publishing it for me under the imprint of ‘Globeflower books’.

As with the subject matter of my debut novel, I chose a topic that was very much in the public arena. Over the past decade, there has been increasing awareness of children’s mental health issues. This has not always been so. With this in mind, I ventured to create a fictitious family who would portray some of the struggles that families and individuals suffered when certain conditions are not recognised or understood.

This was a difficult novel to write due to the structure. I would describe it as a coming of age story with a difference. The reader first meets Alfie the protagonist before he is born. I guess that sounds strange and to be honest it was a risk on my part. I felt this was a risk worth taking, so the reader begins to get a clear understanding that it was nature as opposed to nurture that shaped Alfie’s life.

The title Love, Secrets and Absolution describes the love between mother and child.

The secrets and how difficult it can be for a young child to keep them.

Absolution, Will anyone find closure?

Also available from Amazon and other book outlets. Available as a paperback and EBook.

Love, Secrets, and Absolution - novel

What I found the hardest.

It takes a lot of nerve to get from an idea to a novel. It is important to keep believing in your book and the ability to complete it. Writing can be a solitary pastime and a time for reflection. With the exception of celebrity writers, most authors like me, are not comfortable performing. It was the public appearances, no matter how small a gathering that I found daunting. However early on I realised that in our world of fierce competition one needs to be seen as well as heard.

I had a steep learning curve when it came to the world of marketing and quickly needed to learn new skills.

Do you have a special place to write?

My special place is on our narrowboat, although when I am overflowing with ideas I can quite easily write anywhere. For example, while travelling on the train I carry my notebook and can often be seen making notes. In addition, I have an office overlooking our beautiful garden where I witness the changing seasons and gain inspiration.



How much of the storyline is connected to your own life?

I am often asked this question and given the nature of the issues with Alice in my first book. The answer is thankfully not much. That does not mean that I have not used and exaggerated some of my own life experiences and observations. Some of the conversations I have taken from life and put into the mouths of my fictional characters.

What next for K L Loveley?

Having completed my third book titled ‘Union Blues’ I am now in the process of editing and making plans for publication which will hopefully be early next

Autism. How it can affect communication

  AUTISM       How it can affect communication. 

For those of you who have read ‘Love, Secrets, and Absolution’,  written by K.L.Loveley, it will be quite clear to have worked out the difficulties that young Alfie experiences. However, difficult his childhood years were, his young adult life is also peppered with challenging situations.

Below is a short extract to reinforce the above statement.

‘I desperately attempt to remember the counselor’s words of encouragement. She encouraged me to bring hidden issues to the surface where I can talk them through and deal with them before they poison my mind.’

Love, Secrets, and Absolution - novel

Amazon five stars


Over the last decade, there have been tremendous amounts of research into Autism resulting in a better understanding of the condition.

Although it is still not clear what triggers Autism, we do know that a number of factors, genetic and environmental can affect brain development, thereby increasing the risk of autism. Currently, there is work underway at Cambridge University to identify if raised levels of estrogen in the womb can increase the likelihood of developing autism. This study along with multiple other studies are leading the way through medical research to a better understanding of this condition.

Autism is not an ‘illness’ and cannot be ‘cured’. There are however many interventions that can be helpful for people with autism to enable learning and development.

Please take a look at the following link to see how many people are working towards improving communication with the autistic community.

The Space Between Time

                                                                     The Space Between Time.

                                                                      Written by Charlie Laidlaw.

I felt compelled to share this review with my blog  post followers because I believe that Charlie Laidlaw has most definitely got a unique writing style.

From the very first page I was hooked and unable to put this down.  The narrative is absorbing and the scientific facts relating to physics fascinating. In some respects I was reminded of the seventeenth century metaphysical poets who used their own scientific knowledge to enhance their prose.

‘There are more stars in the universe than there are grains of sand on earth.’

I love quotes like the above.

The story follows Emma Maria Rossini, the daughter of a famous actor and beautiful though neurotic mother. Add to the mix, a genius grandfather an Italian astrophysicist, whose moustache declares his changing mood; and who Emma describes with humour and love.

The city of Edinburgh Scotland is the setting for most of the story, alongside vacations in Italy which reminds the reader of Emma’s Italian background and gives contrast to the different lifestyles.

Although dark and serious at times as the reader observes her journey from child to adult. There are many light hearted moments and even humour.

Footsteps in the Sand

http://Ty Newydd Creative Writing Centre | Courses & Retreats, Wales

Ty Newydd Writing Centre. Llanystumdwy, North Wales. Once residence to Prime-Minister; David Lloyd George.

I have long held the ambition to spend quality time at a writing retreat. My thirst for this adventure reinforced after watching the film ‘Love Actually.’ The image of Colin Firth in his writing retreat and the moment his housekeeper removed the mug securing his manuscript was a scene I have stored in the library section of my brain for a very long time.

During a miserable November 2018, I began to research the possibility of making my dream a reality. Thank goodness for the internet which at the touch of a button opened up a number of possibilities.

Eventually, though I must add that it wasn’t a difficult decision. I applied for an extended weekend course at Ty Newydd; the National Writing Centre of Wales.

Established in 1990 the aim of the center is to develop writers of all backgrounds, ages, and abilities. Many world-famous writers have tutored at the center, sharing years of secrets and techniques.

A team of Literature Wales staff work at Ty Newydd providing a quiet and calm atmosphere that nurtures the perfect atmosphere to engage in creative writing.

My room under the eaves on the second floor of the listed building was delightful with its rustic décor and sloping roof. In fact, I felt privileged with respect to its location. With the kitchen a few steps down and library directly beneath me it was central to the main facilities.

The literature lounge originally David Lloyd George’s reception room houses a large collection of fiction, both in Welsh and English. While the Glyn-Jones Library which was his former study overlooking the extensive gardens contains an extensive collection of poetry. There is also a smaller collection of creative, non-fiction and plays.

We were a moderate-sized group of like-minded aspiring poets. From various parts of the country and backgrounds; with one thing in common. To improve our writing skills and to feed our creativity.

The course tutors Paul Henry and Samantha Wynne Rhydderch were inspirational in their approach to the course. The theme being, Poetry and the Sea.

I was awe-inspired at the diversity of poetry that was produced over the course and came away with inspiration and vigor for the next stage of my writing journey.

We were encouraged to write a poem that reflected the place where the land meets the sea. I would like to share with you a poem that I created in response to this.

I hope you enjoy it.

‘Footsteps in the Sand.’


Wet smooth sand, each grain tightly packed

Silica catching the first rays

As the East gives life once more.

Deep indentations, size nine, maybe ten.

Then side by side, two tiny feet

Like water babies, feather-light.


Shellac crushed to a grain of sand

Crystals and minerals long dissolved from the rock they formed.

Each sedimentary fragment washed upon the beach.

Igneous rock once deep in the crust, out of reach

Now fired and crushed.

Smoothed, golden and soft

 Parent and child hand in hand.

Leaving their mark in the glistening sand.



Book Lovers Dream

Book Lovers Dream.

The month of June kicked off with every book lovers dream. A whole month of literary excitement. This year saw the twentieth anniversary of the Lowdham Book Festival and I for one did not want to miss the opportunity to meet at least some of the famous authors who were in the line-up. As per my previous blogs, you will be aware of the ones I met.

The month of literary excitement culminated on Saturday, June 29th.

  As the temperature around the country soared towards thirty degrees I sheltered from the sweltering heat under a marquee along with a number of authors and booksellers at the Lowdham Book Festival. It was an exciting day where I was able to chat with fellow authors and sell signed copies of my books to the public.

Amongst the many authors I met was: Stephen Taylor author of historical fiction and children stories and Maria Dziedzan author of historical fiction. Here I am with Maria and Stephen enjoying a good time at the festival.














The event hosted a wide range of activities and interesting stalls, amongst which was a very nice lady dressed in traditional German clothes, promoting ‘Travel without borders a bespoke holiday company. In addition along with her colleagues, they were selling a wide range of cookery and winemaking books. A feast of delights

I highly recommend a visit next year for this annual event. Pop it in your diary in readiness.

All of my books are still available to purchase from Amazon and all good book outlets; available as Ebook and paperback.


Musical Theatre

Musical Theatre review.

Amongst my many interests, musical theatre is one that I only occasionally get to enjoy, therefore I relish every second of the performance and squeeze as much pleasure out of the occasion that I possibly can.

In general, I manage to visit the theatre a couple of times a year.

This June was one such occasion when I went with my husband to The Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham to see the international award-winning musical ‘The Bodyguard’.

This smash hit- musical based on the film of the same name proved to be everything I had hoped for.

Alexander Burke was magnificent in her role as ‘Rachel Marron’ a world-famous performer who falls in love with her bodyguard, Frank Farmer.

This was musical theatre at its best, enhanced by the set design and state of the heart lighting. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole production. Karen Bruce did a sterling job with the choreography and the sixteen strong soundtrack was everything I could have hoped for.

I will always love you, Queen of the night and I’m every woman are just a few of the featured hit songs in the show.

Along with the rest of the audience, I was blown away.