Truffles Therapy Retreat: my psychedelic weekend with magic truffles

Someone lit a stick of palo santo in the car. I watched the road through a veil of spiritual smoke as my ego murmered in the backseat: What are you doing? You don’t do things like this. You don’t go off to hippy communes, you don’t burn wood sticks or offer hugs of inestimable length to strangers. What would your friends say? [caption id="attachment_6007" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Behold the magic truffles. Photo by Arthur Enselme.[/caption] I was sharing a ride with three women...Read More

Should you go to Burning Man? The answer is…

It’s been just over two weeks since the gates closed behind us in Black Rock City. Since returning from the confines of that filth-infused adult playground… what some might call Nirvana in Nevada… a lot of friends have asked me, How was Burning Man? There's a video out there you've probably seen. "How was Burning Man?" she asks. "How was Burning Man?", he replies. "It's a fundamentally absurd question. You should be asking me how wasn't Burning Man... It was...Read More

Crazy for Amsterdam’s De Kattenkabinet, aka The Cat Cabinet

Love cats? How about a whole museum dedicated to them? I headed out to Amsterdam's De Kattenkabinet, or The Cat Cabinet, for a look at the ultimate cat-lover's fantasy. My landlord won't let me have a cat, because even though cats are graceful and clean, adoring, sensitive alternatives to boyfriends, cats ruin furniture. I thought, rather than mope into photos of cats I can't adopt on the Internet, I'd go with a friend to The Cat Cabinet and fill myself up...Read More
rose petal bath

The time I… took one of those sexy rose petal baths

Yes indeedy, that is I... bathing in a tub resplendent with rose petals. This was about... God I think maybe ten years ago now... in a hotel somewhere in Oman. I was going through some old photos on Facebook when I found this one. It was born around the era us millennials will come to know as that time we stopped loitering outside Boots eating Monster Munch till our photos were printed, stopped sticking them in albums to be remembered...Read More

From Spalding Guardian to Mills & Boon

Last week a journo got in touch from my hometown in the UK, (Spalding, Lincolnshire) - behold, the land of tulips and tractors. I answered all his questions and sent a nice image of the new Mills & Boon book, however, he's printed my face instead and gone with the angle of 'Becky used to work here when she was at school.' [pdf-embedder url="http://beckywicks.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Guardian-Free-Press.pdf" title="Guardian Free Press"]   Thanks Lincolnshire Free Press! You sure did inspire my creativity all those...Read More
Tempted by her hairy tarantula?

The truth behind my first Mills & Boon novel, Tempted by Her Hot-Shot Doc

I was asked recently how I got the idea for Tempted by Her Hot-Shot Doc, my very first Mills and Boon Medical romance. (It still feels weird to type that!) Honestly, while I'd like to say I had hot, steamy sex with a rich TV Star/doctor in a gushing waterfall in the Amazon rainforest, I didn't. I simply got eaten alive by sandflies, mocked by a German tourist called Bengo (he mocked me?!?) and tripped through rainbows on ayahuasca with...Read More

CAK and the wonders of foreign mail…

Got a letter this morning from a Dutch company called CAK regarding health insurance. I thought my eyes were deceiving me... or perhaps I'm just incredibly immature but I opened Urban Dictionary and... yes: CAK = slang for penis. ie. "my cak is hanging out of my pants." Or, if you want another definition, CAK = Short for 'Crunk Ass Kid' ie "Did you just see what CAK did? That Coy is the crunkest of all the kids I know."   Now... I'm sure it means something nicer...Read More

Review my very first Mills & Boon Medical Romance

I actually wrote one... a Mills & Boon! I remember reading my gran's Mills & Boon books all those years ago and wishing I could slip inside one of those hot pink covers and meet my Mr Right for real. Turns out I haven't yet, so I'm writing him into reality myself. This time it's a hot, sexy American doc, stuck in the Amazon jungle with a woman he can't resist, and a secret. Here are all the covers... 2...Read More

Thoughts on writing romance novels about real ‘live’ people…

As a writer I’d like to be able to subscribe to certain people’s WhatsApp conversations, you know? I think they’d be great character studies… like imagine if you could spy on relationships, especially romantic ones, from the sensual/ suggestive sexting to the sad point at which you’ve sunk so low you’re actually revelling in your own passive aggression, writing snarky one-liners, totally misusing grammar and emojis thanks to the pathetic tears clouding your eyes, and getting blocked. I’m sure WhatsApp...Read More

Why a staycation is better than going abroad (sometimes)

Deep in one of the world's most dangerous rainforests, I cast my eyes to the Colombian skies as my ass sagged into a river from a large inflatable tube. My guide, Juan Manuel, chose this moment to inform me we were likely surrounded by lurking members of the FARC, armed with machetes. "But do not worry!" he said. Apparently, we had no reason to fear the guerrilleros in our midst, because not only was Juan Manuel the second best BMX...Read More