After a career in libraries, I began writing in retirement and have had stories published by Scribble and Flash Fiction Magazine, and in the anthology To Hull and Back Short Stories 2018. I also contributed stories and poems to the collections Where the Wild Winds Blow and A Following Wind from the Whittlesey Wordsmiths.
Most of the time, I live with my husband and dogs in Cambridgeshire’s Fens, surrounded by flat but ever-changing fields. At other times we live across a garden fence from London’s historic Epping Forest.
My story-verse The Year Before Christmas, tells of Emmie the elf’s bid to redeem herself and join Santa on his next Christmas Eve delivery.
Witch Way and other ambiguous stories is a varied collection of tales and verses, some of which have been placed or shortlisted in competitions.
Both titles are available from Amazon.
Q: Why did you decide to self-publish?
A: In my twenties, I toyed with the idea of writing a novel, but life got in the way. Now retired, I don’t have decades ahead of me for querying agents and publishers.
Our writing group self-published a collection, which I found myself proofreading and formatting for publication. Its local success encouraged me to format and publish my own story-poem A Year Before Christmas. Since then, there has been another writing group anthology followed by my short story collection Witch Way and other ambiguous stories.
Q: In some stories I can’t tell if characters are male or female. Are we meant to guess?
A: What would you like them to be?
Q: Do you have any novels planned?
A: I completed the first draft of a ‘practice novel’ before realising I had a lot to learn and abandoning it for short stories. I may revisit that next.
Look out for The Godmother, a retelling of Cinderella, which may appear first on this blog. I plan to publish The Pond People on Amazon and Smashwords after another edit (or four).