Sunday, January 17, 2016


Oops on my last post I said I'd write something amusing next time. I'VE HAD FAMILY VISITING AND ALL MY GOOID INTENTIONS HAVE FLOWN OUT OF THE WINDOW.

I have a new printer and have been tidying up the bits and pieces of manuscript left behind. My old printer has to go the recycling depot - my friends, Helen and Roy will give me a big hand. I can't lift that old printer. Friends are wonderful.

Especially when you are an old person like me. I'll be celebrating my ninety-third bithday in February. How did I get to be this old? It has a lot to do with the genes I've inherited - tough Scottish women who like to stick around an keep an eye on the family - they can be bossy and I have inherited that trait, as well. I do my best to tell my famly what to do but it really is a waste of time; they smile and nodded their respective heads and go on doing what they were doing. Sigh.

As  I cleared up old stuff lying aroud I found a notebook with something written on the first page - after that nothing. Seems my husband and I were visitng the Island of Iona, the blessed Island. And found someone had written this. "We asre blessed to live on this beautiful island, no carriages, one or two motor cars and a dog or two." Then a space and this: "Oh day that I have loved." Is it a quote? I'll Google it as soon as a wrap this up. Remember to buy my books in print or e-book. A VERY DIFFICULT MAN. ISABELLE'S DIARY. ISABELLE'S STORY. RING AROUND THE MOON. TOO YOUNG TO DIE.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016


David Cameron, the Prime Minister of Great Britain asks us to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare on April 23. I am celebrating with this quote from Macbeth. He has just heard that his wife has died.." She should have died hereafterr: There would have been a time for such a word."

"Tomorrow, and tomorrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time,
And all  our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death.  Out, out brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets this hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more; it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing."

That leave me deep in thought. There is so much magic in the words Shakespeare gives us. I am a feeble player on the writing stage but stays at the task given me. My talent is a small one but I use it as best I can. I especially like amusing readers. Tomrrow I will write something that pleased and amused me.

In the meantime buy my books. I'm not Shakespeare but I do my best with what I've got.

Anita Birt

Monday, January 4, 2016


I've neglected my blog over the holiday season and I've been busy writing an article for a magazine - that takes time. I am ninety-three years old and still writing and looking for the next BIG THING. To be pulished again at my age would be wonderful. I have a question - are there many writers still hard at work at my age or older? If you know please leave a comment.

I had a good Christmas. My family live too far away to pop in on Christmas Day but I received lots of great gifts. The first gift I opened - four books! Wonderful. My mother told us that the best Christmas she ever had - she received all books! I come from a reading family and read to my children and my grandchildren and great grandchildren when they visit.

I've been approached by a marketing organization to market my historical romance, A VERY DIFFICULT MAN. A charge, of course, so I turned it down. I wish there was a low cost way to market my book. It's selling okay in the UK as an e-book but it would be nice to hit the big time. As a historical romance it will never go out of date. Several readers have said it would make a good movie! Now that would be nice but I'd have to find an agent and that is the tough question. If you have an billiant ideas please let me know - comment please.

I'm winding up my "Lady Mary and Death in The Canal Boat," I really enjoyed writing the book. Things kept happening!

Make the New Years, 2016 a happy one for me when you buy my books.  Here they are: A VERY DIFFICULT MAN.  ISABELLE'S DIARY.  ISABELLE'S STORY.  RING AROUND THE MOON.

TOO YOUNG TO DIE is mystery with murder afoot and a three month old baby in dire need of protection. His nanny is brave and smart but his parents have gone missing. Imagine protecing the baby,  the nanny escapes with him at midnight and has to find her way through a forest with thugs determined to find her. A good read if you're a mystery fan.