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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.


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


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



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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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Had a super time at Woodbridge Library with the Waveney Author Group


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Get Writing!

The Waveney Author Group (WAG) had their first library event at Southwold Library yesterday (Mon 17th Aug 2015). A lovely small library, managed by Charlotte Clark. Although small it has nearly everything, in fact it would be hard to find what it doesn’t have.

Before starting this author event a holiday maker popped in with some courgettes that had grown into marrows (she had popped home to Norfolk to check on her garden) and asked Charlotte if she would like to sell them, along with the plants that the library was selling. The courgettes /marrows were huge!

Here are some photos, in no particular order:

Pam talking about her new book   Pams cover~FINAL

Pam Finch talking about her new book, Minho Moments

Helen Milligan aka Helen Meneghello Helen Ms cover

Helen Milligan talking about her new book, ‘…and the ship sank’

Enid  Enids book cover

Enid Thwaites talking about her book, Petals of Laughter

Helen Thwaites  Helen Ts book cover

Elizabeth Manning-Ives talking about her new book, Living Under The Shadow

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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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Today we met in Beccles Library to discuss social networking, after all, if you’re writing a book you want people to know about it, right? We had intended looking at all aspects of social networking and started by booting up the laptops and looking at blogging using the WordPress site. We soon found that the WiFi connection was not strong enough for us all to be on line at the same time and unfortunately we achieved very little but we had fun. Many thanks to all at Beccles Library for letting us use their room.

27th April Beccles Library   27th April Beccles Library~1

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