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Welcome…Pam Lecky

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Can you tell me a little about yourself? (inc if you use a pen name and why)

I was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland. Married with three children, I work part-time and have a lot to juggle, which isn’t ideal for my writing. As a result, independent publishing has been wonderful as it suits my hectic life down to a tee and I set my own deadlines. I’m probably a typical writer – a bit introverted, and was prone to daydreaming from an early age. I was an only child and my mother died when I was young, so I grew up spending a lot of time alone (though not lonely). Books were always my joy and I turned to them frequently. I grew up during the seventies – a particularly bleak time in Ireland, so escaping into other worlds was attractive.

I first dabbled with poetry during my teens. Then I helped out on a local newsletter for a year or two, but it was only after my third child was born, that I decided to write a book – and it was purely to prove to myself that I could and with no thought of ever publishing. I loved writing and researching it and that was the catalyst. Early on, I joined the Historical Novel Society whose members, I have to say, are some of the most supportive people I have had the pleasure to meet.

Stories just pop into my head and then I have to get them down as fast as I can. I grew up watching period dramas and reading classics so a lot of my background inspiration comes from those. Primarily I am intrigued by how people react in difficult circumstances and I suppose a little part of me wants to explore the world through their eyes (my characters tend to be a lot braver than me!).

I write under my maiden name for a few reasons; firstly as it is an unusual name it makes me easy to find; I have come to writing relatively late in life and want to keep my personal and writing life separate; lastly, I wanted to use my maiden name for sentimental reasons.

What is the title and genre of your book?

My debut novel is entitled The Bowes Inheritance. The genre is historical fiction but it is a mix of romance and mystery set in the late Victorian era (my favourite part of the 19th century). My next published piece will be a short story set in the WW1 era and set in Ireland. It is called In Three-Quarter Time and I hope to publish it on Kindle very soon.

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How did you come up with the story?

The original premise for The Bowes Inheritance was a young woman inheriting a property and having to fight to keep it. It had a beginning, a middle and an end (always a good thing!), but there was no flesh to its bones. I knew I wanted it to have an Irish flavour, but with a new angle perhaps. I have always been fascinated by the complex relationship between the Irish Ascendency and their British counterparts and that, and a wrangle over land, seemed a good place to start. It was only as I started to research, that the story took on a life of its own. Sub-plots popped up, often influenced by real events that I read about from old newspapers, books and on-line blogs. What started out primarily as a love story became tangled up in Irish history, Fenians and the English Lake District! The Bowes Inheritance was born.

Much to my delight the book has been very well received and was longlisted for the Historical Novel Society Indie Award 2016 and shortlisted for The Carousel Aware Prize 2016. Just last week it was awarded the ‘Discovered Diamond’ status.

It has a lovely cover, did you have any say in what you wanted the cover to be?

As I’m independently published I have complete control over title and cover. My original cover, when I first published in 2015, was lovely and I was really proud of it but I felt over time that it was too ‘nice’ and not genre specific enough. I found a cover I loved (a pre-made cover) and the graphic designer, Victoria Cooper, was very willing to add to and amend it to what you see today.

Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?

If I could only give one piece of advice it would be to write about what you love and what interests you. Good writing will out. If you want to write to a formula for commercial success ask yourself what  kind of legacy is that leaving? Will anyone want to read your work in a hundred years’ time if it’s the same as a hundred other novels out there? I’ll take quality over quantity any day.

What is your writing routine?

Most of my writing is done in the evening or at weekends. As I work outside the home on a part-time basis, having a writing routine is virtually impossible. Marketing and promotion take up a lot of time and eat into those hours I’d rather be writing. Lately, I have pulled back on it and all of the other distractions that stop me from writing but it isn’t always easy. The days I’m working I am usually too tired to write and sometimes when I have time the writing muse deserts me!

I’m lucky to have an office at home where I can surround myself with my favourite books, pictures and research material. It is nice and quiet and generally the only company I have is the dog and perhaps the cat if he’s in the mood! Most importantly I can listen to music while I write – I find it helps me relax and the ideas flow more easily.

Do you have an editing process?

I tend to edit as I go which I suppose draws out the process somewhat. However, it seems to be the only way I can work. I always have an outline of the plot but it is only as I write that the details emerge. Historical fiction requires a lot of research and luckily I love that as much as the writing.

I have a wonderful editor, Hilary Johnson. She does an initial structural edit, checking for any major errors, plot and character holes, etc. Once I’m happy I have the final version I send it back to her for a thorough copy edit/proofread. She is incredibly professional and strict. I trust her judgement so if she says something isn’t working, I will go away and think about it. She’s usually right!

What do you enjoy the most/least about writing?

The most enjoyable part for me is watching my characters emerge and grow. When I’m working on a story, the characters tend to be in my head all of the time, even to the point where they are having conversations. But dialogue makes or breaks a book so I tend to spend a lot of time and energy on trying to get it right.

The worst thing for me is not having enough quality time to write. I really envy those who are lucky enough to be full-time writers.

Where can people find you on the internet?

I maintain an active presence on Facebook and Twitter and I have a website/blog. These work best for me as I have such a limited amount of time to be online. I love to interact with fellow authors and of course, readers. My first wow moment after publication, was when a total stranger emailed me to say they loved my book. You can’t get much better than that.

Links:

Facebook

Twitter

www.pamlecky.com

Goodreads

Universal Link to buy The Bowes Inheritance (Amazon) www.bookgoodies.com/a/B010EB2XC2

As tradition requires, I’ve been looking back at all the lovely literary/writery things I have done in 2016 (sorry I’m a bit late)

January – Planning for the Unique Writing Workshops I run twice a year at Gunton Hall Coastal Village (April and November). Unique as I cover everything from getting started on your first writing project to publishing and marketing your finished work. These are interactive and fun-filled days – but you can pick and choose, come for any or all of the sessions.

February – Began the month with a writing holiday to Tenerife.

Author gig at Woodbridge Library in Suffolk.

March – On Southwold radio.

Author gig at a women’s literary festival in London.

April – Author gig at Chelmsford Library in Essex.

Ran my Unique Writing workshops and met some inspiring writers.

May – Two author gigs this month in Suffolk, one at Kesgrave Library and one at Bury St Edmunds.

June – Arranged an evening Beach read. Weather a bit blowy but everyone had fun.

Author guests on blog were: Sandra Delf, Ellie Holmes and Tricia Cass.

Ran a writing competition. Winning entries and those highly commended would be included in a published book and sold on Amazon. All royalties would go to Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Cover change for Books 1 and 2 in my Chatty Cat series: ‘Chatty Cat: My Purr-fect New Home’ and ‘Chatty Cat: Spring into Summer’ (books for children and adults read them too). Designed by Rachel Lawston and I love them, hope you do too.

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ISBN-13: 978-0995484436       ISBN-13: 978-0993493447

 July – I ran the 2nd East Anglian Festival of Culture (#Eafoc)  at the Coconut Loft, Hatfield Hotel and The Clyffe Hotel.

Two author gigs this month, Great Yarmouth Library (Norfolk) and at Saxmundham Library (Suffolk)

Author guest on my blog: Lynda Stacey.

Book release: Book 3 in the Chatty Cat series: ‘Chatty Cat: My Purr-fect Friends’

front-cover-on-amazon ISBN: 978-0993493454

Book endorsed by children’s authors Terry Tarbox and Wendy Leighton-Porter.

August – Author gig at Gorleston Library (Norfolk)

Published an anthology of stories written by writers from the writing weekend in April, ‘Dreaming on Paper’, under my imprint ‘East Anglian Press’, edited by Jo Wilde. All royalties to Alzheimer’s Research UK

dreaming-on-paperfront-cover    ISBN-13: 978-0995484429

September – Author gig at a Lit Fest in London.

I ran writing workshops at Woodbridge Library and met some inspiring writers, some who aim to publish their work.

October – On Southwold Radio.

Planning the writing workshops ready for next month.

November – This month, author Jane Lovering came and did a ‘Writing a Novel’ workshop for my company, ‘Get Writing’ (www.getwriting.co.uk)

First planning meeting for the East Anglian Festival of Culture #Eafoc 2017

Planning a writing retreat for Jan 2017

Published this anthology (poetry and short stories) under my imprint East Anglian Press. ‘View of the Sea’, edited by Jo Wilde. All royalties to Alzhemier’s Research UK

view-of-the-seacover-on-amazon   ISBN-13: 978-0995484467

Although I had new covers for Chatty Cat books 1 & 2 I found that children liked the new covers and older readers, including people who wanted to purchase a book for their loved one who had suffered a stroke and just getting back into reading, preferred the covers with Chatty Cat actually on them and both are now available

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              Book 1                                               Book 2                      

December – The final month of the year 2016 sees my book, ‘Chatty Cat: My Purr-fect Friends’ in the WINTER 2016 Collection. It would make my day if you could vote for it please (voting is open until 28th Feb 2017)  http://www.peoplesbookprize.com/book.php?id=1474

During the Autumn I had the wonderful opportunity of running writing enrichment sessions at the Ormiston Denes Academy. I worked with young inspiring writers and illustrators and have offered contracts to two young illustrators who will see their work in print very soon.

Writing plans for 2017:

The Get Writing Buddy

Second novel

Chatty Cat book 5, ‘Chatty Cat: Autumn into Winter’

Izzy Cat book: ‘Izzy Cat: New Family New Home’

Two individual books to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Thank you for your fabulous support in 2106 which was greatly appreciated.

If you would like to keep up to date with Chatty Cat and Izzy Cat here is the link to Chatty’s blog: https://chattycatno1.wordpress.com/

And if you would like to follow me on FB or Twitter here are the links:

FB: https://www.facebook.com/Suzan-Collins-author-page-186401074847655/

Twitter: @suzancollins

May this year, 2017, be a good one for you.

Until next time

Suzan  x

I met Carol at the People’s Book Prize Ceremony in London a couple of years ago and I am delighted that Carol is the first author on my blog in 2017.

Welcome Carol E Wyer…

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Can you tell me a little about yourself? (inc if you use a pen name and why)

I hate talking about myself but here goes: I became a full-time writer in 2010 when I turned my attention from writing children’s educational books as a hobby, to the adult market.

My first two novels Mini Skirts and Laughter Lines and Surfing in Stilettos won several awards for humour and much attention from the media. Since then, I’ve appeared on numerous BBC radio stations, several international radio stations, NBC television and BBC Breakfast television, and Sky television discussing age-related subjects such as ‘Irritable Male Syndrome’ and ‘Grumpy Old Menopause’. In 2015 I won the prestigious People’s Book Prize Award for Grumpy Old Menopause.

I’ve written articles for, and featured in several national women’s magazines, including Take A Break, Choice, Woman’s Weekly and Woman’s Own who also wrote about my journey to becoming a best-selling author.

Having written ten humorous books –three non-fiction and seven fiction, I changed direction this year, and am writing a series of psychological thrillers, and published by Bookouture, featuring DI Robyn Carter. The first, LITTLE GIRL LOST released in January 2017, has had some rave reviews and shows I have found my true niche. (Pause for an evil laugh.)

Even though I’ve changed genre my publishers felt it was important to keep my own name and not take on a pen name. I had already built up a reputation for entertaining reads and we decided many people who read light-hearted comedies might also read thrillers. It meant I didn’t have to start new Facebook pages, new websites and build a brand all over again.

I can understand why authors take on pen names, as they might be catchier, easier to spell or remember, and allow authors to slide into a new genre without being prejudged on past works. However, keeping my own name seems to be working for me even though no one can remember how to spell WYER.

What is the title and genre of your book?

My latest is the first in a series of gripping crime thrillers featuring DI Robyn Carter and is called LITTLE GIRL LOST

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How did you come up with the story?

It’s a very long story and there are many reasons why I chose to write this book, but suffice to say I have always been fascinated by human frailty and psychology.

Many years ago I had a friend who fabricated an entire life/boyfriend/family. She spoke endlessly about her boyfriend and when she got engaged we were all excited for her, especially as we were invited to the engagement party. We clubbed together and bought them a present. We hadn’t met the groom to be and were very keen to do so. Two days before the party, she fell over and claimed she couldn’t move her neck or walk, and an ambulance was called. She was whisked away and didn’t return to college. Her mother wouldn’t answer the door to me when I visited and the engagement party never happened. None of us had any idea she was living a lie until very soon afterwards, when one of our group, discovered a photograph in a waiting room magazine that was identical to the one she had shown us of her boyfriend. She had cut it out from the same magazine. There was no boyfriend and just about everything else she had told us was a lie too. She disappeared shortly after we uncovered it all and we never heard from her again.

The episode remained with me all my life. I honestly believed we were good friends and was astounded she had fabricated a web of lies. I wondered why someone would feel they had to make up an entire life and later when I studied a psychology module, I began to understand how complex we humans are.

LITTLE GIRL LOST is about how a traumatic incident in your childhood can alter the way you think and behave and how we are very good at hiding the past – or at least we think we are.

It has a lovely cover; did you have any say in what you wanted the cover to be?

Bookouture has a team who work on the covers and they have a selection from which they choose the most appropriate. I don’t get to see it until they are happy with their choice. I was over the moon with the cover for LITTLE GIRL LOST. Richard Augustus who has also designed covers for Wilbur Smith and Bernard Cornwell created it.

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Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?

Hundreds but let me just say, be patient, believe in yourself and never be in to great a hurry to get your work published. It must be in terrific shape when it goes to print and by that, I mean it must be edited, edited and edited.

|What is your writing routine?

Plotting and planning take a completely different format and I fit them into my ordinary schedule but once I begin writing the book, I start writing at about 8 in the morning and have a break from 11-3, during which time I do all my chores, shopping etc. From 3-6, I work again and then once my husband is fast asleep I skulk off to my office and work most of the night until about 4 or 5. Insomnia really has its advantages.

Do you have an editing process?

Again, Bookouture do my edits. After I send in a script, they work on structural edits. I then get a few weeks to rewrite any areas of the book they are unhappy with, change plots, add sections and that sort of thing to make the book more appealing. Next come line edits and I get a couple of weeks to go through all the typos and errors that have been picked up and change them. I also have to go through carefully myself to see if there are any others that have been missed. It goes back to the editor and onto a proofreader and then is returned again. This time the proofreader might have picked up on repetition of words or factual inaccuracies. It is corrected and returned and comes back twice more for me to check through before it goes to print.

What do you enjoy the most/least about writing?

Creating surprise, twists and turns that will astonish and entertain my readers. I get a genuine buzz out of that. I hate editing! My eyes are usually so tired by the time I finish writing that I miss loads of typos. Thank goodness for Bookouture!

Where can people find you on the Internet?

I’m on quite a lot of sites:

Amazon UK Author Page:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Carol-E.-Wyer/e/B005U34XNM

Amazon US Author Page:

http://www.amazon.com/Carol-E.-Wyer/e/B005U34XNM

Website: http://www.carolewyer.co.uk

Blogs: www.grumpyoldmenopause.com

http://facing50withhumour.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Carol-E-Wyer/221149241263847

Twitter: https://twitter.com/carolewyer

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5061207.Carol_E_Wyer

LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=116225863&trk

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/carolewyer/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCj5O-lvkAYO19S0AMW8VqJQ

BBC Interview http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01m709f

Is there anything else you would like to share with your readers?

I am passionate about writing and spend all my days behind my laptop but my success would not have come about had I not had good fortune on my side and without the help of those willing to read, review and blog about me and my books. I owe them an enormous debt of gratitude.

Congratulations and thank you for taking some time out to talk to me .

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Delighted to have been interviewed by Richard Hardie and you can read here what has kept me so busy http://richardhardies.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/suzan-collins-deja-vu.html#comment-form

 

Welcome Lynda Stacey…

Can you tell me a little about yourself? (inc if you use a pen name)

Ha ha… do I use a pen name. No, I don’t write under a pen name. Most day’s I’m so busy Lynda Stacey author picI’d forget who I was if I had two names, so…. The name Lynda Stacey, really is me.

I’m the Sales Director at a stationery and office furniture company in Doncaster. It’s a position I’ve held for the past 25 years. I’ve seen the company grow and develop over the years and I’m very proud to be a part of it.

During my life, I’ve also been a oral surgery nurse, a model, an emergency first response instructor and a Scuba Diving Instructor, who was qualified to teach people from taking their first underwater breaths, to being instructors themselves. People think I’m a little crazy, I have no problem jumping in the sea knowing there are sharks below. I love every minute of it.

However, in 2008 I was involved in a car accident. My shoulder was badly damaged and I had no strength in my right arm and had to stop teaching, although I do still dive for myself.

It was then that I began ‘playing’ at writing. I’d always had an interest in writing and like many other people had said for years that ‘one day I’d write a novel’. My brother even bought me a word processor 25 years ago and gave it to me with the words, “You keep saying you’ll write a book, get on with it.” Well… I finally did.

What are the titles and genres of your books?

The title of my debut novel is House of Secrets.

I always write romantic suspense, with a true villain at the centre of the story. I do believe in love, but I’m also very aware that life isn’t always simple.

How did you come up with the stories?

It was my birthday and my husband took me to stay at Wrea Head Hall for the night. The moment I walked in through the front door, I could feel the history seeping out through the walls. It was as thought the hall was talking to me, asking for a book to be written and to be fair, a house like that deserves a great story. So, I’ve given it as much intrigue as I could possibly imagine.

Your book has a lovely cover, did you have any say in what you wanted the cover to be?

I always wanted the hall to be on the cover. It’s a beautiful place and the owner of the hall gave me the permission to use the photo, he’s also been extremely supportive. But other than that, I was happy to let Choc Lit do the rest. Berni Stevens does most of their covers. She is a fabulous designer and I just knew I’d be in for a treat.

Lynda Stacey~Front cover

Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?

YES….Keep writing. Write every day, even if it’s only a few words. And join a writing group. I became a member of the Romantic Novelist Association in 2013. They have a New Writers Scheme. As part of your NWS membership, you are offered a critique service on your work in progress. This was invaluable. They also have an annual conference, where you can meet editors or agents on a 1-1 basis. This is where I first met Lyn Vernham, director of Choc Lit and where she first became interested in my work.

What is your writing routine?

I work full time. My writing in sporadic and some nights my laptop doesn’t land on my knee until seven or eight o’clock. But I always try and write something.

Most of my writing is done on a Saturday or Sunday morning. I wake up early, around 6am and can sometimes get two or three hours writing done before the rest of the house (meaning the husband) wakes up.

Do you have an editing process?

I tend to edit as I write. But once I don’t feel as though I can do any more, I send it to Jane Lovering who offers a critique service. She’s amazing and brutally honest, but well worth listening to. If she says the plot is too complicated, or a character isn’t working, she’s normally right.

http://www.janelovering.co.uk

What do you enjoy the most/least about writing?

What I enjoy most is getting lost in the story. I love it when the characters come to life, they take on a personality and start doing their own thing on the page. I can write a chapter and then sit back and think, “Where did that come from?”. A few pages later, the character tends to do something else and I start nodding and laughing, saying to myself, “So, that’s why you did it.”

Are you writing anything at the moment?

I’ve just completed my 3rd novel. Currently called Broken Hope. I’ve put it down for a few weeks and will go back to it and re-edit it again, before sending it to Jane.

And I’m researching a possible time slip that I’ll base around the mining community. I am after all a miners daughter, so I kind of see the subject as my heritage. I also lived through the miners strikes of 1984, so have first hand knowledge on what it was really like.

Where can people find you on the internet?

Well…. I’m all over the place really. You can’t miss me. I have a page on Facebook, a twitter account, a webpage, an author page on the RNA website and an author page on the Choc Lit site.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Lyndastaceyauthor

Twitter: @Lyndastacey

Website: www.Lyndastacey.co.uk

RNA: http://www.romanticnovelistsassociation.org/

Oh… and you can find my e-book HOUSE OF SECRETS on Amazon and all other platforms. It’s a bargain at just £1.99

Is there anything else you would like to share with your readers?

Yes… please love the book ha ha… I put my heart and soul into writing House of Secrets. If you did enjoy it, I’d love for you to leave a review and to know your thoughts.

And if you ever get the chance, go to Wrea Head Hall. It’s just outside of Scarborough and I can guarantee that you’ll have an amazing time. 

Wrea Head Country House Hotel, Scarboroughhttp://www.wrea-head-hotel.co.uk/

How does it feel to finally hold your book in your hands?

Well, my book is e-book first. But hopefully, I’ll get enough reviews to get it into print. Already, House of Secrets has 16 reviews, 13 of them are 5 star and 3 of them are 4’s… it’s so much better than I could have wished for. I’m so happy and grateful to everyone who takes the time to write the reviews.

Lynda Stacey~Front cover

https://goo.gl/6InvHl

Welcome Sandra Delf…

Can you tell me a little about yourself (inc a pen name f you use one)? Sandra Delf~author pic~head and shoulders

I have lived in Lowestoft for most of my life apart from 6 years in Australia and 3 in London. I left for Australia on my own at age 21. I have 3 children who have all now flown the nest.

I don’t use a pen name despite have a very boring name. If I did and someone called me by it I don’t think I’d answer anyway. Also, my book is about letters written by my father and a pen name, therefore, would not really fit.

What is the title and genre of your book?Sandras cover~Keep Smiling Through

My book is called Keep Smiling Through. It is a non-fiction history book containing letters written from prisoner of war camps during World War Two.

How did you come up with the story?

These letters, written by my father, Cyril, had been in a cupboard in my house for several years before I read them. Once they were put into date order I found there were interesting stories running through them.

It has a lovely cover, did you have any say in what you wanted the cover to be?

Yes and I wanted the cover to state clearly what the book was about. I found an image of a prisoner of war camp on the internet and set about gaining permission to use it on the cover.

I passed it on to my cover designer, Jen Moon, with a description of what I was looking for. She did a wonderful job with a very unglamorous subject.

Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?

Just keep going. If you are writing non-fiction make clear notes of where you find your information

What is your writing routine?

I write in the mornings when I am fresh and keen.

Do you have an editing process?

Not really. But I do save all my research and edit it subject by subject. As far as the letters are concerned I transcribed them onto the computer as I read them.

What do you enjoy the most/least about writing?

Seeing the final result is wonderful.

I dislike learning to use new technology but it is a necessary a tool.

Are you writing anything at the moment?

Yes I enjoy writing fiction and have a new project, a book containing 5 short stories about long separations. Also, I am hoping to get some feedback from Keep Smiling Through and will be carrying out some research to try and find out what happened to Cyril’s prisoner of war companions. If so I hope to write about it.

Do you belong to any writers groups?

Yes, I belong to: The Waveney Author Group, Writer’s Corner and Lowestoft U3A Writers Group.

Where can people find you on the internet?

I have a Facebook writer page.

https://www.facebook.com/Sandra-Delf-881404858618606/?fref=ts

Is there anything else you would like to share with your readers?

I will be at the East Anglian Festival of Culture (Eafoc) on the 2nd and 3rd July in Kirkley, Lowestoft (details below). It would be great if people popped in to say hello. I will be situated at The Clyffe Hotel.  And if they cannot make it I will be at the Meet the Authors event 11th & 12th November at the Coconut Loft in Kirkley, Lowestoft.

As a member of the Waveney Author Group and part of our on tour programme I will be at Saxmundham Library 10.30am Thurs 7th July and Lowestoft Library 2-3pm Tues 20th September.

How does it feel to finally hold your book in your hands?

I felt excitement, relief and a great sense of achievement. And, immediately started thinking about my next project.

Thank you, Sandra. You have been a marvellous guest and I look forward to seeing you at the East Anglian Festival of Culture (EAFOC) this July in Kirkley, South Lowestoft, Suffolk.

Sandras cover~Keep Smiling Through

https://goo.gl/t7MFj7

And if you would like to come and meet Sandra and get a personalised signed copy please visit the website for more details: www.eastanglianfestivalofculture.co.uk

 

 

People are asking if I support the Alzheimer’s Society or Alzheimer’s Research UK? I support both, both do fantastic work. The Alzheimer’s Society support people living with dementia and their carers and Alzheimer’s Research UK, like it says on the tin, does the research. One day we will have a cure, a long way to go but raising funds, and awareness, is just one way of helping. A way of knowing the support for which charity is this: our annual walk and the 50 SHAVES of Grey event Jo Wilde and I are organising will be for the Alzheimer’s Society and the literary events (festivals and anthologies) will be for Alzheimer’s Research UK . Dementia and rescuing/rehoming cats are very close to my heart and my Nov ‘Meet The Authors Weekend’ will be supporting Anglia Cats Protection (and all literary events thereafter).

Want to enter a literary competition? Winning entries and those highly recommended will be inserted into a published book and sold on Amazon. All royalties will go to Alzheimer’s Research UK. For entry form go to www.getwriting.co.uk

Story comp poster

To look at the pages on Facebook go to:

For Alzheimer’s Research UK

https://www.facebook.com/East-Anglian-Festival-of-Culture-Eafoc-294918514044821/

For Anglia Cats Protection

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Anglia-Coastal-Cats-Protection/784155275039487?pnref=lhc

https://www.facebook.com/events/1625960377731892/

For the Alzheimer’s Society

https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=lowestoft%20memory%20walk%2025th%20sept%202016

Page for 50 SHAVES of Grey will be coming soon…

I loved writing a story in this anthology and guess what, I’ve just written another one but I can’t tell you much about it yet, apart from it’s stories are about a writing weekend and will raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK.                  .

Little Kitty, the Cat Burglar, has great reviews and is available to buy on Amazon, both as a paperback and on Kindle.

LITTLE KITTY CVR FINAL

People involved in Little Kitty gave their time free, thanks to Rachel Lawston, Catie Atkinson, Jo Wilde, Lucille Rayner, Ann Bowyer, Roz Lyons, JB Johnston and Tracy Terry.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Little-Kitty-Burglar-Suzan-Collins-ebook/dp/B017I34XEU?ie=UTF8&qid=1466503992&ref_=la_B0037DXY46_1_10&s=books&sr=1-10

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