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