I recently refreshed a short story that I wrote several years ago - I always liked the story, but there was something not quite right with it. I had a revelation, one night as I was falling asleep, which completely changed the ending. I entered it into the Dark Tales contest - on a whim - and, guess what? It won!
You can read The Fear of Ghosts here. It will be available to read for the next few weeks, before the new winner is announced.
I'm excited to be part of the Where Words Fail, Music Speaks Anthology, which is out now!
Where Words Fail, Music Speaks is a collection of short stories and poetry by writers from all walks of life.
Each story is based on the titles of 90s Britpop songs, including Come Back To What You Know, Bittersweet Symphony, Animal Nitrate, Disco 2000, and more.
Our list of authors is: Kyra Lennon, Clare Dugmore, Annalisa Crawford, Ker Dukey, Wesley Copeland, Robb Turburville, D H Sidebottom, Audrina Lane, M.B. Feeney, Karen Frances, S.J Warner, Scout Dawson, Kimberly Morgan, Maddie Wade, Rebeccalou Heronpontin, Andrea Coventry
All proceeds from the sales of this anthology will go to Clusterbusters.
I love September. I love the chilly, frosty mornings that give way to warm (or even, hot) sunshine by lunchtime. I love the thought of getting back into my jumpers and thick woolly tights. I love my kids going to back to school and finally having the house to myself again.
September always feels like a fresh start.
So far this month, I've written - and submitted - two short stories, and a flash fiction. I'm on my third short story now - trying to reduce a 50,000 word novel now to a 5,000 word story. I'm playing around with all the different threads and trying to work out how I want to tell this story. It may sound like a silly thing to attempt, but if I do it right, it'll be awesome. (And, if I do it wrong, no one will ever read it, so that's fine too!)
I am proud and excited to be able to share the cover for my upcoming short story collection, You. I. Us.
It has been designed by Jessica Bell, my publisher at Vine Leaves Press. If you check out the Vine Leaves website, you'll see how amazingly talented she is.
It is with huge excitement and pleasure that I can finally reveal I am one of the shortlisted authors in the Costa Short Story Award.
I have had to keep this news a secret since the middle of November, and it has been so hard! It's such a relief to be able to shout about it.
The winner will be announced at the Costa Book Awards Ceremony on the 26th January. I shall be taking lots of photos and sharing them here, of course.
Congratulations to my fellow shortlisted authors, and good luck. I'm looking forward to meeting you next week.
Ah, it's that time of year again.
I've just watched my youngest son open his school Christmas Carol concert with a solo, school has ended for the term, my Christmas tree is up, and it's only a week until Christmas.
I had several writing resolutions this year that didn't quite pan out the way I wanted them too, but I achieved a lot nonetheless.
In January, I'll have some news to share, and from February I'll be working with my new editor on my short story collection which will be published in June.
Right now, I'm trying to eek out the new novel idea which is lurking deep in my subconscious, and continuing to query my slightly less-new novel.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!