Category Archives: Inspiration

The Wishing Shelf Book Awards

Twist & Mix, my second collection of short stories, has won a Red Ribbon (Honourable Mention) in The Wishing Shelf Book awards.

I am pleased with the Readers’ Comments and thought I’d share some of them with you:

‘An interesting array of writings. I enjoyed many of them. Character development seems to be the author’s no. 1 skill. I particularly enjoyed A Chance For Charlie.

Female reader, aged 56 ‘I enjoy a good short story; perfect just before bed. There was an excellent mix here and plenty of fully formed characters to enjoy. Much of the writing was fresh and descriptive. Very enjoyable.’

Male reader, aged 42 ‘This author is very good at ‘showing’ and not ‘telling’, a rare gift.’

Male reader, aged 51 ‘Amusing in many ways and, as the blurb suggests, even thought-provoking. A short story is a tough sell but the author worked hard to offer the reader a set of well-written, character-driven shorts.’

Female reader, aged 42 Catchy Quote ‘A provocative mix of shorts; character-driven and, often, thought-provoking. A Red Ribbon winner!’

The Wishing Shelf Book Awards

Go here to see the Honourable Mention

(Red Ribbon): https://www.thewsa.co.uk/winners2016/ Scroll to the bottom of the page.

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Leominster Bookfair

Leominster Festival starts on 2nd June and continues until 11th June with a variety of entertainment, fun, music and family outings. For full details see the website: http://www.leominster-festival.com

The Family Fun Day is on Saturday June 10th on The Grange and includes a Bookfair – a must for all book lovers. There will be books for sale, local authors and publishers to discuss writing and publishing. There will be a Children’s Corner with storytelling and performance.

Come and browse, chat, enjoy the entertainment as you wander around the Grange. While you’re there, explore historic Grange Court, entry free.

I hope to see you there.

Long time, no blog!

Hello Everyone,

I thought it about time I re-entered the world of writing. Due to a family bereavement I hadn’t written a word since Christmas. Then, in early August, I went to Swanwick Writers Summer School in Derbyshire for a week. 300 writers under one roof! Amazing, the chatter was tremendous. It was impossible to think of anything else and with courses, workshops, speakers, panels, quizzes and, of course, entertainment, it was a full-on week and so inspirational. I have come back, picked up the threads of my supernatural/mystery/obsessive love story which has been languishing half finished. My new mantra: “I will write 500 words…” Like New Year’s Resolutions I’m not sure how long it will last, but at least I’m on the keyboard again!

Dark Romance?

I was discussing with fellow writers why my nice romantic tales have become dark and inclined to the supernatural – although I’ve always loved ghost stories, but the spirits are usually benign! Is it the weather or am I getting cynical? Finally got a cover for my latest tale:

 

Love dies, obsession is born; and waits, festering, for fate to choose the moment ...

Love dies, obsession is born; and waits, festering, for fate to choose the moment …

A Tale for Halloween

Halloween – a night when spirits rise and terrify our senses. Prepare for that spooky feeling – download Deadly Obsession, 99p from Amazon.

Swanwick Writers Summer School

A week in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside at Swanwick for the Writers Summer School. Amazing courses, workshops, talks, speakers – never ending entertainment with the highlight on the last night – a pantomime, absolutely hilarious! Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make the week a success. I came away truly inspired and already looking forward to next year. Hi to all the friends I made there

Book Fair at Leominster Festival

What a day for writers! The Book Fair was held in the wonderful Grange Court which, besides being an historic venue, boasts a café with homemade cakes to feed the hungry exhibitors. So many writers, so many books, poetry, children’s, fantasy, novels, short story collections; the choice was varied, a book for everyone. The sun shone for visitors and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Thanks to those who attended my workshop on short story writing – we had great fun! I shall expect short stories produced from all those who attended – we created some inspirational ideas for plot and characters. Thanks particularly to Peter Ellis, who organised the Fair and to his wife, Alison, for her work behind the book stall and everyone else who put in so much hard work to make the day a success

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