First of all, I want to wish a very Happy Christmas to all my readers… enjoy every minute. Christmas is a magical time, so make sure you spread some happiness… and take time out to be with family and friends.

My Christmas is not shaping up too well this year. A few days ago, my lovely dad died unexpectedly. He had a stroke, a little like Jude’s gran in Sundae Girl, and just didn’t get through it. I’m hurting so much right now, and missing him terribly.

Readers often ask who inspired me to write, or who was my hero, and the answer to those questions has always been my dad. He shared my love of art and writing and gave me enthusiasm, determination and love of life. He showed me how to dream big and how to do my very best to make the dreams happen, and he always, always believed in me, even when others did not.

Things are still very raw for me and it might be a while before I am able to reply to my emails, so please be patient. I know you will understand, because you’re the best, most loyal readers ever. There’s one thing I would love you to do for me this Christmas… if you are lucky enough to have a family, go and hug them right now and tell them you love them. After all, that’s what Christmas is all about.


  1. so sorry cathy
    stay strong and dont let it get you down although he was close to you he is now in peace he is always alive in you

    Posted by: J on 7th November 2017
  2. I’m sooo sorry cat you must be really sad and upset. I know he loves you Love from Jessica

    Posted by: J on 7th November 2017
  3. Im A Bit Late Sorry!! My Great Aunt Margaret Took A Stroke 2 Years Ago But She’s Okay Now She’s In A Home But We Visit Every Second Day! I’m So Sorry For Your Loss Cathy.. You Defo Made Your Dad Proud!!

    Posted by: A on 7th November 2017
  4. I’m so sorry to hear about that Cathy but he will always be with you whether he’s alive or not and I’m sure you had a very special place in his heart!

    Posted by: C on 7th November 2017
  5. I’m so sorry, Cathy! I feel so sorry for you. Don’t worry, though. He’ll always be in your heart. Even though he’s dead he’ll always be with you.
    He thinks the world of you and that’s all that matters!

    Posted by: K on 7th November 2017
  6. i am so sorry cathy!! that is very sad!! my heart goes out to you!!

    Posted by: M on 7th November 2017
  7. Oh my god! you must be feeling so sad and unchristmassy right now. ideas to make you happy again: write or dedicate a book about him or to him. hopefully with support and care from your fans, friends and family, things will ripen for you. people will say they understand but they don’t. but I do. i’m an orphan. honest. love cinnamon xx

    Posted by: C on 7th November 2017
  8. Oh Gosh Cathy! That must be terrible. I’m so sorry for your loss. I hope you are coping x

    Posted by: A on 7th November 2017
  9. Cathy, I am so sorry for your loss. I know what it feels like to lose somebody, and it isn’t a nice feeling. However, just remember that he is watching over you from up in Heaven, and that he will always be in your heart. Surrounding yourself with friends and family (and fans!) is sure to help you cope and feel better. Have a Merry Christmas, none the less! xo

    Posted by: L on 7th November 2017

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