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. Oh my goodness! I am so sorry! My cat just died yesterday. We had him for 3 and a half years. I am so sorry

    Posted by: C on 7th November 2017
  2. Dearest Cathy, I’m really sorry about what happened! Stay strong! And I hope you have a greater christmas this year! Love always, Summer XOXO

    Posted by: S on 7th November 2017
  3. I am soo sorry to hear tha your dad died. My Nanna died last year while i was at school, my Mom told me when she picked me up. I cried for ages and ages. But she was 89 and she had cancer and did’nt want the treatment because all of her friends had died. I loved her very much and was sad to see her go. You have just got to keep strong and keep smiling!

    Lots and lost of love from Rosie xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    Posted by: R on 7th November 2017
  4. O my gosh i’m so sorry about your dad!i hope you feel a bit better soon and have a better year.XXXoooXXXoooXXXoooXXXooo

    Posted by: M on 7th November 2017
  5. I’m really sorry Cathy! Stay strong, you can do it!
    Lots of Love,

    Sarah xxx

    ps. Lisa’s comment was very inspiring, sounds like all your fans really care.

    Posted by: S on 7th November 2017
  6. it’s horrible to hear about the sad death of your father it seems to me that all your fans are thinking of you and we all feel for you so much
    my aunties dog had to put down on christmas day as it got cancer and i know how much that effected our christmas and that was a dog so its so horrible to hear news like that just stay strong and you will always have your dad in your heart your love for each with never stop and he will be watching you all the time.

    they are things i think of when my nan died on my birthday a few years back.

    keep smiling

    Posted by: R on 7th November 2017
  7. My Nan died a month or so before so I know exactly how you feel…me and my family stuck together and gave my Grandpa all the support in the world..and we all realised one thing….Family is really the thing that makes Christmas after all

    Posted by: S on 7th November 2017
  8. Hi Cathy im sorry for your death in your family!!And so close to christmas doesnt help at all!!!My granny died the year before i was born so i didnt get to meet her!!I know dads are very caring!!But things like that happen in Life and you have to move on!!My granda also died when i was four years old!!

    Posted by: R on 7th November 2017
  9. I am so sorry to hear about your dad he sounded like a great man. But whenever you feel like crying, cry and fell safe knowing that he would be proud of you and would want you to be happy. xoxo

    Posted by: A on 7th November 2017
  10. Cathy I Think All Of Your Books Are Fantastic But I Can’t Get My Hands On Scarlett!
    Love Always,
    Olivia Ox.

    Posted by: O on 7th November 2017

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