back in the saddle

So, looking at the date of my last post, I’m astounded to see that it took me 2 years to recover from that doubt phase.

Well, maybe a year and then I decided to get back in the game, because I love writing, and it’s the journey that is beautiful not the end road.

So I joined an amazing course at the writersworkshop. It was the self-edit your novel class, run by the wonderful and amazingly talented Debi Alper. There I learn a lot, was hit with light bulbs moments, some great, so ego crashing, but it helped me so much. And last but not least I have found a group of amazingly suppportive and talented writers.

We have kept in touch after the course had finished. We still critique each other’s work. One of us has a novel out in march, which is so exciting!!

So if you’re like me, hit by doubt but still wanting to get going, all I can say is “find your heard”. That is find a class or a critic group with like minded and kind people. Who will offer you honest but not heart breaking feedback on your work. It’s not easy to find, true. But it is so important.

So go out there!! Make it happen. Only you, can.



NaNo Writing Month

So yes, I’m taking part for the first time ever in the NaNo Writing Month, or National Novel Writing Month challenge, where basically I’ll have to have written a complete novel by the end of this month.

Now it says, 50000 words… My novel being a middle grade one, I’ll either write two or stick to a good 25K.

I’ll see, but it’s a good and fun challenge.

Come and join!

NaNo Writing Month

Crimelines a new anthology

I’m fortunate enough to have another of my short stories published by the Manchester school of writing.

But instead of talking about me, I want to let the other authors and editors talk about their work.

So here is the first of my Crimelines interview series.

Today, I’ll be talking to

Kim Hutson

kim hutson second interview

 [©2014 K. Hutson]


1)      Tell us how you got involved in the Crimelines project?

I’m about to complete a Masters in Writing for Children at MMU and I was involved in last year’s Timelines project through my course. We were asked to submit for Crimelines because of the success of last year’s book. It was great opportunity to have experiences like public readings, signing books and seeing my name in print for the first time in this context.

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Interview with Anna Mainwaring

Today, in the Timelines* series of interview,

I have asked the five questions to Anna Clark.


[©2013 to A. Clark]


Tell us how you got involved in the Timelines project.

The opportunity arose through the Creative Writing MA that I’m currently studying for.  We were asked to submit a short story and as being a published author has always been an ambition of mine, I decided to grab the opportunity.

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Interview with Paula Warrington

In our interview series of the Timelines an anthology of short stories for children,

I am talking to Paula Warrington.

Warrington - head and shoulders
[©2013 to P. Warrington]


Tell us how you got involved in the Timelines project.

When I came up to Manchester for the Children’s Book Festival in June 2012, I was very interested to hear Iris Feindt and Helen Sea’s account of Animal Stew, a short story collection that they had edited.  I was thrilled, later, to hear that a new collection of historical short fiction was being planned – and I was eager to contribute a story.

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Interview with Matt Killeen

Carrying on with the series of interview of Timelines* authors.

Today I am interviewing Matt Killeen.

Matt[ ©2013 to M. Killeen]


Tell us how you got involved in the Timelines project.

            I’m a student at MMU doing a Masters Degree in Creative Writing for Young People…or is it children? I can never remember. I met Iris Feindt at the Manchester Children’s Book Festival where she was promoting Animal Stew, an anthology of short stories for children written by students at MMU Writing School. I thought the idea was excellent and when she proposed a second anthology, this time for young adults / older children, I jumped at the chance to be included. Continue reading

Interview with Lucinda Nettleton

In the series of interviews with the Timeline authors, writing short stories for children,

I am talking with Lucinda Nettleton.

 luci photo
[©2013 to L. Nettleton]


Tell us how you got involved in the Timelines project.

I was approached via email by Sherry Ashworth to submit an historical short story for a new anthology called Timelines. The email explained how Animal Stew, the anthology produced the year before, was a huge success and I simply couldn’t wait to get started!

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