I entered a writing competition …

And well, the feedback was rather unexpected – to say the least.

A story I have written for a summer anthology focuses on Dementia – an unlikely topic, I know, but nonetheless there is a link. Trust me.

But that aside, I thought I’d dabble in the world of writing competitions. You know, just to see …

So, I submitted Faulty Wiring and got some remarkable advice.faulty-wiring-tv

First of all, I wasn’t expecting feedback (unless I happened to win, of course, but that doesn’t happen to first-timers, so I just wanted to try out the process.)

But it seems, I got lucky. I didn’t win any prizes, but the feedback itself made it more than worth my time and effort to enter.

Here’s a brief summary:

Many thanks for your submission – which was one of the judge’s favorites, here are some of the assembled notes from them as to their thoughts and feedback:

– A poignant and compelling piece
– Emotional and engagingly written
– Moving narrative of finding grace in difficult situation
– Gripping first sentence
– Gut-wrenching simplicity
– Touching and hopeful

Not bad to start with, eh? But then they suggested another route for my story. Not as a work of fiction, but rather as one of non-fiction:

Faulty Wiring

– is most certainly a piece of writing that many others could understand and identify with and might help others dealing with dementia in their families cope better. A generous and compelling piece of writing that could offer some beauty and hope among the difficulties faced.

– fine writing and a piece that just needs to find the right publishing home for other readers to appreciate. Well-worth some minor revision before publication and submission to journals.

– could be useful imagery to extrapolate on if becomes a larger piece. Might serve to engage other children who’ve thought of their fathers as such and faced similar difficult circumstances.

I hadn’t considered that as an option before. But, why not? If it can help others to understand the disease and show them that no matter how dire the circumstances, one can always find some small pieces of magic to hold on to if you look hard enough.

So, I’m going to review the story, revise the areas suggested and seek out a few journals.

You just never know where your readers might come from, do you?



Lacey’s Law: Chick-lit with laughter lines

Lacey's-Law---my-nameI read somewhere that there is a name for this type of story – chick-lit with an older female lead – it’s called Hen-lit or Mature-lit!

Yeah, really! Ugh! Can it sound any less appealing?

So, on that basis, I’m sticking with the Chick-lit tag for grown-ups!

Lacey’s Law has been a distraction project, during those times when The Nasrid Charm was not in the least bit charming to work on. Whilst, at its core lies a revenge plot, the characters and storyline could not be more different. This was a fun exercise, but also testing due to the mix of suspense and humour.

The plan is for this novella to be available to read from March onwards.

Here’s a short summary for anyone who enjoys a revenge mystery with strong female leads and that all-important twist.

Lacey Fielding has it all – her dream job as an architect, a riverside apartment and a burning desire for revenge.

When the truth about her father’s suicide is revealed on her mother’s deathbed, Lacey promises retribution.

Especially since Carla, her best friend of thirty years, stands accused.

Lacey demands a life for a life. But death is not her goal.

First she steals Carla’s husband, then she plots to take away both her liberty and her sanity.

Lacey’s plan is foolproof, that is until an accident challenges her happy ending.

Advanced copies will be made available as ebooks for anyone wishing to read – and hopefully leave a review – from mid-March. You can contact me for details via this blog, Facebook or Twitter (depending where you read this.)

It’s definitely been a move outside of my comfort zone, but one that I would recommend and dabble in again. It’ll probably be called Spent-Hen-Lit by then 🙂


The Nasrid Charm Series

EED_Icon_OrangeOriginally The Nasrid Charm was to be a trilogy of novels, but I’ve had a rethink. Book One will be broken up into a series of short stories, around ten thousand words in each.

Rather than being swamped by time-hopping and sub-plots, this restructure allows me to develop the plot chronologically and will give each storyline room to breathe and grow organically.

These short stories may well reform at a later date to make a happy whole, who knows?

in the meantime, here’s a run-down of the short story titles. Can you spot a common link?


There will be a greater fantasy element now and more mischief, mayhem and mystery.

Already the first story has rewritten itself in my head 🙂