The writers showcasing at our March 13th 6×6 have been selected! It was a tough choice picking just six from the file, with competition as fierce as ever, but without further ado – listed alphabetical order by author – here is our final pick:
‘Letter from America’ by Lisa Culligan
‘Shadows on the Grass’ (Extract) by Misha Herwin
‘The Ducking Phone’ by Kenneth Kay
‘The Sprout and I’ by Lynn Smith
‘A Treasure Lost’ (Extract) by Sherrie Lowe
‘Holiday from Hell’ by Pauline Woodhouse
As regulars will know the main aim of 6×6 is to allow writers from across the region the opportunity to showcase their work, so we are especially pleased to see not one but two books being promoted. Remember to bring your wallets because these titles will be available to purchase at the event!
Shadows on the Grass came out as an e-book in January and after the first flurry of excitement, there’s time now to sit back and reflect on the whole process. This book has taken many, many years to write. Not because I am a slow writer, quite the opposite in fact, but because it started out life in a very different form. Back in the day I was interested in writing historical novels, I was also, at more or less the same time, researching my family history.
My parents came to England after WW2 and settled in a country that was totally foreign to them. Because at that time Poland was behind the Iron Curtain they had very little contact with any of their relatives and neither did we. Curious to know more about my family background I began asking questions and listening to the stories my mother told about her childhood.
A page-turning read from the start, this is a wonderful murder mystery set in a fascinating time. Bunch Courtney and her sister Dodo are engaging, interesting sleuths, as is Chief Inspector Wright, the enigmatic detective seconded from Scotland Yard for the duration. Jan Edwards’s characters are very real and you sense they’re full of hidden depths to be gradually revealed through the series. A satisfying mystery, puzzling and unpredictable with – like the times – an edgy sense of urgency and danger. The atmospheric setting is superb with the snow-bound Sussex Downs as central to the story as Morse’s Oxford. I love the way the author depicted a newly changed rural community with all its sense of loss and intrusion. The period detail is effortlessly done, absorbing the reader into Bunch’s world. A great treat.
Picking Up the Pieces by Misha Herwin has received an excellent review on the Chat About Books website:
This is a lovely story of friendship which I am sure many readers will relate to. With very real characters, who I easily warmed to, I soon found myself immersed in their story, almost as if I was a fourth friend sharing their troubles with them and cheering them on as they moved on to happier times and a successful future ahead of them.
We are delighted to announce the launch of Winter DownsbyJan Edwards!
3rd June 2017
ISBN 978-0-9930008-6-7 / paperback £7.99 tbc | ebook £2.99 tbc
TheWinter Downslaunch party will be held in the Tolkien Room at the City Central Library, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent on 3rd June at 11.30 am with plenty of 1940’s styled fun – tea & cakes and of course a reading and Q&A session from Jan herself as well as some guest readings (tba).
Be there to get your signed copy of Winter Downs!
In the January of 1940 a small rural community on the Sussex Downs, already preparing for invasion from across the Channel, finds itself deep in the grip of a snowy landscape, with an ice-cold killer on the loose.
Bunch Courtney stumbles upon the body of Jonathan Frampton in a woodland clearing. Is this a case of suicide, or is it murder? Bunch is determined to discover the truth but can she persuade the dour Chief Inspector Wright to take her seriously?
Winter Downs is first in the Bunch Courtney Investigates series.
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One of the most frequently asked questions from people who first see my Fables and Fabricationscollection is ‘why the cat?’ Title and covers are frequently the hardest part of writing, or in the case of Fables and Fabrications compiling a book. It could be seen as something of a chicken and egg process. Is the cover suggested by the title? Or does the cover dictate the title?
With a collection such asFables and Fabrications that process was made harder because the stories contained within are so diverse within that broad spectrum that is Fantasy. It is not a book of horror (though many of the stories are admittedly dark). It is not a book of fairy tales, fantasy, steam punk, myths or science fiction, though all are touched upon in various forms. (more…)
I’ve talked about my book at “Hot Air” the literary festival in Stoke-on-Trent, where I live: set up a Facebook page: sent out a pre-publication news-letter: searched the internet for bloggers who review women’s fiction: given out review copies: talked to everyone and anyone I’ve met and have just invited friends and neighbours to the first of a number of celebratory tea/mini launch at my house at the end of July. (There will be more such events, living room is too small to have everyone at the same time.) There will be coffee, cake and wine, hopefully followed by a few book sales.
Much as I enjoy all this, there are also the moments of panic familiar to all the writers I know about whether their book is good enough to see the light of day, let alone be read by the thousands/millions of readers we are hoping for.