FRANCIS Rossi, founder member and frontman of veteran rockers Status Quo has never been lost for words and this year he has quite a lot to tell us about.

His new autobiography, entitled ‘I Talk Too Much’ is out in March, as is a new album he has recorded with Hannah Rickard, entitled ‘We Talk Too Much’.

And, if that wasn’t enough, he is about to tour the country in a spoken word tour where he will be in conversation with renowned biographer Mick Wall – who he worked with on the book.

“I’ve been talking about it for years,” Francis tells me at his London home. “Even Rick [Parfitt] thought about it, but we both thought the title ‘After Dinner Speaker’ sounded pompous.”

“People say I talk too much, but they also have said that they enjoy hearing my waffle.”

“I want to see if I can do it.”

He laughs. “I was quite confident about it, but as it draws nearer, the bottom is twitching a bit.  But I’m looking forward to it.”

The format of the evening will be Francis and Mick in conversation with Francis talking about his life and career, and there may even be some music.

“I probably won’t do full songs as it becomes a concert, so I may do snippets of songs and show how they were written.”

“Some of the things we talk about may be from the book, but once I go into something, I tend to go off on a tangent. [He laughs] The second half of the evening will be more Q&A from the audience, so knowing me I may get through about three questions in 45 minutes!”

There will also be pictures projected on a screen.

“Yeah, they keep finding pictures I haven’t seen before.” Says Francis.

The new album has been recorded with Hannah Rickard, who played violin on Status Quo’s acoustic tour and is quite ‘countrified’.

“Yes, well a lot of people said that the acoustic albums sounded a bit ‘country’, and I do like country music. I got talking to Hannah on the tours and we found out that we both liked the music.”

He continues. “The first thing we wrote was a song called I’ll Take You Home and it’s full of Americana.”

“We didn’t want to go ‘Nashville’ as it would alienate everyone in the UK and Europe, so we reined it in a bit. It’s not strictly country, but there is a bit of pedal steel guitar on it.”

And it may result in a tour.

“We may tour it if it’s successful and I’d like to do another.”

The autobiography is Francis’ third, but this will be the first one that is just him as the previous two were in conjunction with Quo band mate and musical partner, the late Rick Parfitt.

“The fact that Rick isn’t here anymore may help me as it doesn’t seem that I’m being unfaithful by doing all this solo work.”

“It’s not a bad time to do a book as this year I’ll be [whispers] seventy. I just waffled on with Mick and he put it all together,  but then my manager Simon read it and said that I had to read it myself (I hadn’t read a finished copy), and we ended up changing things around.”

And we may be surprised at what he tells us.

“Yeah, for one thing, at the first gig with Rick – he mimed as he hadn’t learned the songs. But that was Rick being Rick.”

“Everyone seems pleased with the book though.”

And what about Status Quo?

“We have some festivals all over the place, we aren’t doing much as [whispers] I’m turning seventy; but we may do something in 2020, there are things in the pipeline.”

Francis Rossi (with Mick Wall) will be Talking Too Much’ at the Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone on 17th May.

The book ‘I Talk Too Much’ and the Rossi/Rickard album ‘We Talk Too Much’ are out now.

Interview courtesy of Martin Hutchinson.


As you know I have had to change my theme for my blog. I tried one last night that was from a different company as I thought the design was what I was looking for then for some reason it decided to send emails to my entire email list of followers. I had no idea until a friend messaged me last night. I cancelled the theme immediately and removed it but the problem of you receiving all these emails in a foreign language had already been done. So please just delete them, I have not been hacked so do not worry about that. I will hopefully today get the new design sorted and we can go back to normal. This is taking longer than I anticipated because I liked my previous design so much nothing is really looking like I want unless I pay again. I am very hesitant to do that at the moment after losing my money from the last one which no one would have predicted could of happened and has taken the website design people by surprise. So once again please accept my apologies and stick with me as I would be so sad to lose you.



Carolyn V. Hamilton is a multi-genre author, with books published in mystery, romance, memoir, and non-fiction writing as well as adult coloring books. Born and raised in Seattle, Washington and a graduate of Antioch University Seattle, she spent over 30 years in the real world of “Mad Men.” She served 2 years in the Peace Corps and oh yes, she was once a Playboy Bunny.

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Power Editing For Memoir Writers is arranged in two sections: Part One addresses the elements of your story, and how you have used them. Part Two addresses your sentence structure, grammar and word usage, with tips and tricks professional writers and editors use every day to write and market best-sellers.

The author has purposefully kept this book as simple and concise as possible—under three hours to read—with practical information you can APPLY RIGHT NOW to your manuscript.

Carolyn V. Hamilton is a former marketing, advertising and copywriting executive with several published books, including fiction, non-fiction and memoir.

In her private coaching program, Memoir to Legacy, she helps aspiring memoir writers share their stories of adventure, adversity, personal challenges, trauma and redemption.

WHAT DID I THINK – As I was writing a memoir about a part of my life that wasn’t the easiest to deal with, I joined a Facebook group about memoir writing and this led me to get to know Carolyn who very kindly sent me her book to read and review. Then she would read my memoir when it was finished. I have today sent her that so felt it was time to review her book. I think the best thing to say about it is if you are thinking or already writing a memoir then you need to pop onto Amazon and buy this book. So many helpful points to assist your writing but also ways to make the writing better and to stand out. Maybe even to shock someone as sometimes a memoir can be hard to write and even harder to read.

You have to make your stand out and this book really helps you to do this. Sometimes the writing can make your emotions break through but you have to then make them come through in your writing. Make the reader sad, happy what ever you are so tapping into yourself all the time while writing make notes of how your feeling then when you read back see if the writing is making you feel that.

Writing a memoir is not easy as it makes you confront everything you are writing about, for some this is a pleasant experience but for others it can be a huge turmoil so ask yourself are you ready for this now or should you wait a bit longer. Make notes over time about facts, figures, emotions and outcomes so you don’t forget anything.

definitely a brilliant book to assist you in your memoir writing.






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Happy writing


Amazon – I think this is very popular as you have the audio and Kindle sales here as well as books.

Ebay – I always have a look on here as sometimes you can find a bargain.

The Works – I always have a look in here when I go to town as sometimes they have the very books I am looking for. Their deal of three books for £5 is brilliant!

Waterstones – I love this shop especially the one in Canterbury as it is spread out over three floors with a nice little cafe that you can have a relax in before you have to carry your books home. I would like to have the money to shop in here all the time but it is expensive for a lot of books.

Second hand shop – I must admit I always have a good look at the books in here as you can pick up a bargain at times.

So where do you buy your books?

Do you use a Kindle or Kindle app?

I use my Kindle a fair bit as that’s how a lot of authors and publishers send their books over to me to read for a review. The self publishing ones are always very keen to send their book to me. I read everything in turn as I get it or when it is due to be published. I think there is nothing better than losing yourself in a good book.



fullsizeoutput_239a.jpegAnne Allen was born in Rugby to a Welsh father and an English mother. As a result, she spent many summers with her Welsh grandparents in Anglesey and learned to love the sea. Now she is based in Devon to be near her daughter and two small grandchildren. Her restless spirit has meant many moves, the longest stay being in Guernsey for nearly fourteen years after falling in love with the island and the people. She contrived to leave one son behind to ensure a valid reason for frequent returns. Her younger son is based in London – ideal for city breaks.

By profession, Anne was a psychotherapists who long had a desire to write and Dangerous Waters, her first novel, was published in 2012. It was awarded Silver (Adult Fiction) in The Wishing Shelf Awards 2012. Since then she has published six more books in The Guernsey Novels series; Finding Mother, Guernsey Retreat, The Family Divided, Echoes of Time, which was a winner of The Diamond Book Award 2017, a finalist in Readers favorite awards and granted a Chill With A Book Award, The Betrayal, and The Inheritance, published April 2019.

img_2422How close were Victor Hugo and his copyist?

1862 Young widow Eugénie is left bereft when her husband dies suddenly and faces an uncertain future in Guernsey. A further tragedy brings her to the attention of Monsieur Victor Hugo, living in exile on the island in his opulent house only yards away from Eugénie’s home. Their meeting changes her life and she becomes his copyist, forming a strong friendship with both Hugo and his mistress, Juliette Drouet.

2012 Doctor Tess Le Prevost, Guernsey born though now living in Exeter, is shocked to inherit her Great-Aunt’s house on the island. As a child she was entranced by Doris’s tales of their ancestor, Eugénie, whose house this once was, and who, according to family myth, was particularly close to Hugo. Was he the real father of her child? Tess is keen to find out and returning to the island presents her with the ideal opportunity.

Will she discover the truth about Eugénie and Hugo? A surprise find may hold the answer as Tess embraces new challenges which test her strength – and her heart.

WHAT DID I THINK – I was so pleased when Anne asked me to read and review this book as I have read a few of her others and I really enjoy them. The descriptions of the areas make you almost feel as if you are there. I love that they have a bit of history in them. This book did not let me down, I read it in a couple of days, it was nice and easy reading and I enjoy that every so often. The characters both years ago and present day all work together and are such nice people. That is apart from the wife beaters, I was surprised to learn that this has been going on since time began, it really needs stamping out and people should not be allowed to get away with it. Anyway back to the book, I loved it and recommend to pop over to Amazon at the link below and buy it now.





Twitter – @AnneAllen21

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Super book to read



You may remember that last year I changed my blog onto a new theme that I purchased called Pipdig, actually I did not change it but the lovely Laura did from B2WP and I did some blogs about how good and quick the service was for her. She has now left the company!


Well now Pipdig have been a bit naughty and put codes in plug-ins that I do not really understand but the end result is that I will have to get another theme. I lost a lot of followers in the change over last year so I am hoping that this blog all stays worth doing when it is changed again.

What with my Facebook going down and not sure if it will be back my week has been pretty bad. That is all on top of not feeling great so spending time sleeping with no energy as so fatigued.

Please can next week be a little bit better?





Hélene Fermont writes character-driven psychological crime fiction with a Scandi Noir flavour.

Known for her explosive, pacy narrative and storylines, she has published three novels – Because of You, We Never Said Goodbye and His Guilty Secret – and two short story collections – The Love of Her Life and Who’s Sorry Now? Her fourth novel is due for release in the summer of 2019.

After 20 years in London, Hélene recently returned to her native Sweden where she finds the unspoiled scenery and tranquillity a therapeutic boost for creativity.

Enjoying a successful career as a Psychologist, when she’s not working her ‘day job’, Hélene spends her time writing, with friends and family, or playing with her beloved cat, Teddy

img_2422How desperate are you to get the one you love?

When Hannah and Ben meet at a friend’s party, he knows she’s The One. But Hannah’s in an intense relationship with Mark and planning to return to her native Sweden to embark on a teaching career.

Desperate to make Ben fall in love with her, rich spoilt heiress Vanessa sets in motion a devious string of events that ultimately changes the course of four people’s lives indefinitely.

Hannah is the love of Ben’s life, yet Vanessa will stop at nothing to claim the man she is convinced is her destiny.

Because of You is a dark, morally complex and cross-generational story of enduring love, fate and destiny.

WHAT I THOUGHT – This story followed the lives of the two main characters and their families also the partners they acquired through this story.  Nothing significant happened along the way just the usual separations, children, illness and the struggles some people have with life. At some points I just wanted to smash their heads together and say just get on with it,you love one another so get married and be together. This is one long book with parts, I felt like would never end. I kept waiting for something significant to happen but it never did.

I did see that this had a psychological twist but I am not sure I would describe it as that, there was a lot going on with some mentally challenged women I would call it or people who will do anything to get the end result they want. Not a thought to anyone they hurt in the process.
A good story if you like reading about people’s lives. It could have been a bit shorter though.
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Happy reading

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Bradley Cooper, how come I did not realise who he was and got to say the long hair did suit him, especially as a rocker. I thought Lady Gaga was absolutely brilliant in this film and her singing was marvelous. I do keep singing the main song Shallow to myself and now have it as my ring tone, I know a bit sad but hey it makes me happy when the phone goes.

If you haven’t seen this yet then I recommend that you do, a huge ten out of ten from me for all of it.

What is your favourite film?


So many things happening I’m not sure where to start!

WRITE BY THE SEA IN FOLKESTONE  moves to its permanent home at The Chambers Coffee Shop which I am really excited about. The next meeting will be on Thursday 11th April at 6.30. This will be a group meeting where we will give out news and events also share work for feedback. Hannah will be presenting the exercise for us.

Then on the 25th April we have our guest speaker Jennifer Thatcher who will be talking about her career in journalism, reviewing and pitching. I am sure that is going to be really interesting and I have questions already to ask.

Easter is also looming up so I am hoping to get away in the camper, let’s hope for warm weather and lots of chocolate eggs!

Have you painted an egg and sent a picture into East Cliff Creative? Here are the details for #COLLABOREGGS.

This is a fun Easter themed collaboration project that anyone can join in, young or old, anywhere in the world.
The idea is simple, decorate an egg for Easter at home, take a picture and share it on Instagram using #collaboreggs
Don’t use Instagram? No problem! Send your pictures to and we will post them for you!
You can create any design you like on your egg.  You can be traditional and paint an egg, or be more experimental. How about some decopage, or project an image onto the egg surface (inside or out), or add arms and legs to create a character.  Your imagination is the only limitation. If you are Vegan why not paint a wooden egg!
You don’t have to be artistic to take part, just a creative at heart, which we all are.
The top designs will also be featured on our East Cliff Creatives Collaboreggs gallery and also on the eastcliffcreatives Facebook page.
Just to be clear, if you use a real egg DO NOT eat the contents, while, or after it is decorated.
East Cliff Creatives take no responsibility for any illness caused by consuming painted eggs.
A lot of things appear to be happening so I am trying to pace myself, easier said than done, I fear.  At the moment I am resting indoors and have no plans for the next week or so. I am feeling rather washed out, Dr thinks it’s a virus I think it’s the M.E. and I am exhausted.

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Happy April everyone