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

Tinder Diaries: Getting my Groupon…

Shamus's profile shots scrolled like some kind of Action Man calendar. In one photo the 39-year-old Irish-Canadian was hugging a goat on what looked like a dusty Nepalese street, with his bicep bulging over it like a rock. In another he was posing with a group of kids somewhere in Africa, deeply tanned and most definitely sexily-engrossed in another culture. In a third, he was kneeling, arms crossed in some kind of military-type uniform, so this well-travelled man of the...Read More

Tinder Diaries: Tempur-Pedic promises…

And another Tinder Diary for you, this one's also from last year in Vancouver.  Tempur-Pedic promises... 'I got you a drink!!!' the text message yelled at me. I was on the bus, about half an hour away from the ocean-view bar in Kitsilano, where Phil (an energetic salesman I met a few days ago on Tinder) was already waiting. A few seconds later I got a photo from him. There was the drink - a giant margarita the size of...Read More

Tinder Diaries: The Burner In The Park

In trawling through folders on my laptop for some old work I've just come across some diaries I wrote about Tinder dating last year in the US and Canada. This one is pretty funny to look back on, especially since I've now been to Burning Man! Thought I'd share, cos what the hell. I have heaps more where this came from. May 28, 2015 The Burner in the park... I had a little meet-up in the park last night with...Read More

Who’s the Mills and Boon Man Of The Year 2016? Get your face on a book cover!

Here ye, all you amazing men - and women who know amazing men! Thought I'd spread the word about this. Mills & Boon are launching a nationwide hunt to find The Man of the Year 2016. The new romantic hero will front the cover of their 2016 Valentine’s Day blockbuster and be whisked away on a beach holiday for two! With a little help from presenter and actress Denise Welch, Strictly dancer and presenter of It Takes Two, Robin Windsor, and Rosie...Read More

Nice to know I can blame all those bad dates on someone else. Thanks, OKCupid, for messing with us…

I'd like to say I'm shocked by OkCupid's, or rather the co-founder and data scientist Christian Rudder's post about experimenting on people, but really I'm not. Because I have been on more than a few OKCupid dates and let me tell you, if someone had told me afterwards that people were messing with me and those people were not as perfect a match as the site led me to believe, I wouldn't have been surprised. Algorithmic experiments are being done...Read More

Beards of a feather flock together. Why I love a man with a beard…

I saw a magazine the other day with a picture of Alan Jackson on the cover. His moustached mouth was curved seductively into a grin as he posed, leaning up against a haystack, (probably). It was out of the shot so I couldn’t tell it was a haystack, but I imagine it would be. I bet he likes haystacks. A lot. Anyway… it made me want to pinch his cheeks and snuggle up against his face. I’d be safe there, wrapped...Read More

Man found eating love rival’s heart (with IKEA cutlery?)…

You can't make this sh*t up!!! Well actually, you can, but the truth is always stranger than fiction, right? I just read this story about a guy who's been arrested in South Africa for eating the heart of his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend with... wait for it... a KNIFE AND FORK. Well, at least he was polite. "The victim, aged 62, had been stabbed in his chest and neck and had a bite mark on his face, the police told the BBC."...Read More

If OKCupid fails you, you could always try this…

This is Friday. She wanted to be a naturist for... like... ever... and probably no one in her hometown thought that was a good idea. So you know what she did? Let's guess. Did she: A) Say OK, I'll wear clothes and get an office job and forget my dreams of living out my life in a totally awesome, spectacular way. B) Say SCREW YOU, I'm moving to the Philippines where I will buy an island and walk around naked for as long...Read More