We should be kind all the time rather than have a week for being so. But it isn’t about that as much. It’s more going that extra mile and doing something that you haven’t done before.

A couple of years ago my WI, (Women’s Institute) decided to put together bouquets of flowers and leave them around the village for people to pick up, take home and enjoy. We photographed them, and left our details. Some of those who picked them up put them on Social Media as having been found and enjoyed.

I’ve always thought that love is a far better way to live than hate. You get get much more lasting pleasure by using love and kindness than you do by spreading hate.

I wanted to convey this in one of my stories and I came up with a young girl called Tanya. She was passionate about making people happy and making life a joy. She knew from an early age that she wanted to help people and so joined an overseas aid agency.

At the time I wrote it in the nineties, Yugoslavia was at war as the country fractured. So I put Tanya in the midst of it doing what she believed in and helping those people affected by the consequences of war.

I revamped the story for an anthology called Love Ever After and called it Crossing Serbia. I doubled the word count and Tanya’s passion and kindness drives the story forward.

I was very lucky because the other tales in the book are equally compelling and it is one of the best anthologies I have read and been involved in.

If you would like to read more about the book, I reviewed all of the other eleven stories of them here. Otherwise, you can just buy the book or download it with Kindle Unlimited.


Reunite with your soulmate on a ranch in Colorado; escape certain death with the love of your life in Yugoslavia; toast marshmallows by the light of the setting sun whilst you find the strength to carry on; or search for your lost love as the smell of fish and chips dances on the sea breeze. Something for everyone, each of these stories tells of love in all its form. A collection of short stories from authors you know and love.