Privacy and Cookies
Website Privacy Statement
Thank you for visiting my website. This document explains how information you give me is handled on this site.
For visitors from the EU, the following explains how I comply with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Information I hold:
Names and email addresses of people who have signed up to my newsletter. The newsletter is ‘double opt in’. You fill in your name (to allow me to personalize the newsletter) and email address. Sign up requires a further confirmation from your inbox. This means I cannot add someone without their consent. The newsletter enables me to inform you of new book releases, book signings and events and any other information I feel may be of interest.
Names and email addresses of people who have emailed me directly via or by using the contact form on my website. I use this information to respond to the specific query only, and the data is not stored. I regularly delete emails to make room on my computer.
Names, email address, and postal address of people who are claiming a prize from a giveaway I have run on one of my social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter). I use this information for the purpose of sending goods to the winner. The email is then deleted.
The only people who have access to the data apart from myself are my trusted web team. This is necessary because 1) they distribute the newsletter for me 2) they troubleshoot issues with my website to keep it running smoothly. None of the information I hold is shared with anyone else.
If you subscribe to my newsletter you can unsubscribe at any time and your data will be erased. This is clearly stated on the newsletter sign up page of my website. Also, there is a link to unsubscribe at the top and bottom of every newsletter and once a year (beginning April 2018) I will include a reminder that subscribers can unsubscribe at any time, in the body of the newsletter.
Children – I ask that people tick a box to confirm they are over 16 years of age
Where is my information stored?
My email, and the newsletter database, are stored on a password protected site which I access from a password protected computer.
My mailing can be accessed by members of my web team. This website is hosted by a US based company and protected with a password.
Cookies and tracking technology
If you would like specific information on which cookies are used on this site, please contact me (details below).
I use Google analytics to show me how my website is used (number of visitors, which countries they are from, which pages are visited etc). This information does not identify you personally. To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics click here.
Third party sites
I am active on Social media, including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and enjoy talking to readers there. If you choose to post there, be aware that my pages are public and can be seen by anyone. I advise against posting personal information (for example if you post a photograph of a book I’ve sent you, I suggest you hide the address label).
Amazon Affiliate Disclaimer
I am part of the Amazon Affiliate Programme (US and UK), an affiliate advertising programme which means a small fee is earned by linking to Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk. If you prefer not to use those links you can access Amazon direct.
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