Posts Tagged ‘Get Writing’

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


For Anglia Cats Protection



For the Alzheimer’s Society


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.


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.


Get Writing


Ooooh, don’t mind if I do.

tea%20&%20scones~6th photo

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Welcome, Lottie Thorn …

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

Hilary Lepine~author bio

Lottie Thorn is a pen name, which I’m using for this children’s story. I initially trained as a teacher, and worked mostly in special needs, including adults. I have worked in mental health as well, but am now “sort-of” retired, though apart from indulging myself in writing, I also help my husband run our heating and plumbing business. I’m also a trained complementary therapist.

What was the first story you wrote?

A short story in 2002, for Christmas, about Santa and Rudolph foiling a kidnap plot, and catching a couple of criminals. I didn’t do anything with it in terms of submission. I’ve only ever submitted one story to a magazine, and got the big “R” letter!

Were you inspired by someone or something?

In 2002, I did my first and great course with Dorothy Courtis, a local writer, who writes under the name of Dorothy Stewart. It was stimulating, informative and fun, and indeed inspired me. In 2007 and 2008 I did a couple of short courses with Cambridge University Extra Mural Studies with Teresa Benison, author of contemporary and historical fiction. More recently, I spent a couple of years with another amazing and inspirational writer, Jan Farmery.

Latterly, I belong to a writers’ group called Waveney Author Group, who are mutually supportive, and always ready to listen, review or come up with suggestions for words, phrases or titles. (It’s surprising how tricky it can be to find a title sometimes!). It was a writing course run by Suzan Collins, founder of WAG and Get Writing (www.getwriting.co.uk), that eventually inspired and nurtured me through publication of my children’s book.

Why do you write?

I just can’t help myself! I’ve always loved it. For many years, most of my writing was academic – I just couldn’t get enough! Give me a five thousand word essay, and I was away! But I’d always harboured this fantasy about writing a book….

Can you tell us about your newest book?

It’s a short story for young children, called “Mabel and the Little Star”, beautifully illustrated in cartoon style.

Hilary's book using snipping tool

How did you come up with the story?

I didn’t set out to write a children’s story. It started out as a bit of a humorous protest at some of the congregation at the church I go to, who mentioned the word “mousetrap” after they discovered the harvest sheaf of wheat had been decimated by the resident mouse! It just sort of morphed into a children’s story!

What genre best fits for the book?

Young children

Do you have someone to critique your work?

Yes, Jan Farmery is a highly constructive and creative critic, who deals very firmly with my tendency to overwrite, and Jo Wilde is a great editor.

Are you working on something new at the moment?

I’m working at the moment on an historical novel, inspired by a visit to Walpole Chapel, near Halesworth, in Suffolk, near to where I live.

Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?

Read! Read all you can, gives you a feel of language, and how it is used by successful authors. Be prepared to edit, edit, edit! And don’t be afraid to “murder your darlings” as Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch put it! Sometimes those characters, phrases or paragraphs have just got to go. Be very clear that every word moves the story in the right direction. And write every day, doesn’t matter what, actually. Just keep writing!

What is your writing routine?

Frankly, a bit chaotic! With the exception of my early mornings, which are structured and routine. I get up at 5am so I can have a fifteen minute meditation, and around an hour and a half writing before I take the dogs on the beach for about an hour. Mornings are my best time. I can’t do evenings – I’m a lark, not an owl! But I do know it’s a discipline, and distractions are ever-present!

Do you have an editing process?

I do my first draft in longhand. Then I put it on my beloved laptop (what would I do without that?!). This is a second draft, where I make adjustments and amendments. I go through it again. Probably leave it for a while and come back to it. At some stage, I will read it out loud – you hear a lot of things that don’t work that way. I’m often up to five or six drafts.

What do you enjoy the most/least about writing?

Least – staring at the blank page! Most – watching the pencil (I only write in pencil or sometimes fountain pen, can’t stand ball points!) gradually cover that blank page! And of course, there’s nothing quite like the first sight of your book in published version!

Where can people find you on the internet?

FB: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100011335822997

Twitter: https://twitter.com/thorn_lottie

Hilary's book using snipping tool


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I know you don’t spell ‘writery’ like that but I say it so I wrote it. And it is an exciting time…

Last November I led a set of writing workshops and had the fabulous authors/tutors: Glynis Smy, Ann Bowyer, Rosy Thornton, Jayne-Marie Barker  and Jo Wilde run some sessions. 6 of the writers set themselves a challenge to write and self-publish before July 10th. I decided to join them in this challenge. We decided on the name Waveney Author Group (WAG) as we all live within the Waveney area.

Our first meeting was at The Coconut Loft Art Gallery and we were grateful for the support of The Journal newspaper who came to do an article on us and took this picture.

Group photo~24th Jan 2015

The Coconut Loft Art Gallery became our place to meet. Firstly on a monthly basis and now we meet on a weekly basis to enable the writers to achieve their goal. The Coconut Loft Art Gallery is a great place to write, an inspiring place that not only sells lovely food but also Richard and Gina, the owners, are always willing to help, whether it be to help one of the writer’s sort her blurb out or help another writer sort her page layout.


The owners Gina and Richard watching new author Pam Finch press the button and upload her work to Create Space (and within a short space of time her book, Minho Moments, was on Amazon).


Gina helping a writer with her formatting.

Helen and Enid~WAG Meeting Coconut Loft~11th May 2015

Helen Thwaites helping her mum with her tablet.

Helen, Helen and Enid~WAG Meeting Coconut Loft~11th May 2015

Enid and Helen Thwaites and Helen Meneghello.

Helen, Pam, Richard and Enid~WAG Meeting Coconut Loft~11th May 2015

Richard helping Pam Finch with her blurb (watched by Helen and Enid)

Pam Helen Enid and I at the coconut loft~June 2015

Helen Thwaites, Me (Suzan Collins), Enid Thwaites and Pam Finch writing in The Smugglers’ Gallery.


Enid Thwaites, Helen Thwaites, Bronwen Grono, Pam Finch, Helen Meneghello, Me (Suzan Collins) and Jo Wilde.

All writers have either now published their books or will in the next week or so. #excitingtimes

The Waveney Author Group will be joining other authors at the pop-up bookshop at The Coconut Loft this July. For more info please go to www.getwriting.co.uk

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