My Writing and Me by guest author Caroline England

I am delighted that Caroline England, author of the exciting new novel, My Husband’s Lies, has made time to share her journey to becoming a novellist on my blog today. Welcome, Caroline and best of luck with My Husband’s Lies out now.

My Husbands Lies.jpgWhy do people write? People write for a whole manner of reasons. For some, it is a career and for others it’s a hobby. Some write because it’s simply a calling or helps them to sort out their feelings. I did this by writing letters to my mum when she was abruptly taken away from us and it was incredibly therapeutic. And some write because nothing in the world makes them happier.

Why do I? It definitely fulfils my work ethic, but it’s form of escapism too. I love to get involved with my character’s lives – I go to bed and wake up thinking about them! And it has to be said that nothing gives me a high like the high of writing. Of course there are many lows too, but fellow writers know what I mean. When you’re at the peak of the rollercoaster, even when you’re slowly chugging up, the excitement is exquisite!

What do I write about? If you’ve read Beneath the Skin you’ll know that I write about people, their characters, their lives and loves and relationships, friendships, emotions, fears. I love to dig and find out all the things they’re keeping to themselves. In other words, I like to find out and expose their secrets! You know – those things you don’t even tell your best friend…

In short, I’m a fly on the wall, even worse a voyeur.

Yup, I have a fascination with human beings. I like to get under the skin and explore whats going on in their heads – wants, desires, motivations. I love exploring people under pressure, the moral grey area and conflicts. Psychological probing and listening like a counsellor is my thing!

My Husband’s Lies revolves around Dan, Will, Nick and Jen, group of friends who were known as the A Team at school. They are all ordinary people who find themselves in extraordinary situations. Seminal events occur at Nick and Lisa’s wedding which causes their lives to dramatically change and secrets unravel. So what’s the core dilemma of My Husband’s Lies? Making choices! By the end of the story Jen, Nick, Will and Dan have to make touch choices. Though they are now in their early thirties, I see this as a coming of age drama in many ways – finally growing up.

On the afternoon of Nick and Lisa’s wedding, their close friend is found poised on a hotel window ledge, ready to jump. As the shock hits their friendship group, they soon realise that none of them are being as honest with themselves – or with each other – as they think. And there are secrets lurking that could destroy everything.

Tense, disturbing and clever, My Husband’s Lies is a breath-taking read, perfect for fans of Lucy Clarke and Erin Kelly.

Author Biography:
Born Yorkshire lass, Caroline studied Law at the University of Manchester and stayed over the border. Caroline was a divorce and professional indemnity lawyer and instigated her jottings when she deserted the law to bring up her three lovely daughters. In addition to the publication of her short story collection, Watching Horsepats Feed the Roses by ACHUKAbooks, Caroline has had short stories and poems published in a variety of literary publications and anthologies. Caroline England.jpg

Her debut novel, Beneath the Skin, was published by Avon HarperCollins on 5 October 2017. My Husband’s Lies is her second ‘domestic noir’ novel and is out now!
 
 
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He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly

I had been avoiding the novel HeSaid/SheSaid by Erin Kelly because I had heard it was about rape and I thought that subject matter would not suit me. How silly I am! I should know by now that when Erin Kelly approaches any topic, she will involve twists and turns that thrill and fascinate in equal measure.

He Said She SaidIn HeSaid/SheSaid Laura and Kit are at a festival to celebrate an eclipse when they witness a rape of Beth by Jamie. They are called as witnesses but nothing is as it seems and they must escape their past to protect their future. But after fifteen years everything changes.

The story is told through the eyes of Laura and Kit over the period of time from the time they stumble across Beth and Jamie until the story ends fifteen years later. The clever thing is that nobody knows everything: not Laura, not Kit, not the reader.

HeSaid/SheSaid would make a fabulous book group read. I certainly found it an excellent novel. I could not put it down. It is a taught exciting psychological novel and I highly recommend it.

erin Kelly picErin Kelly was born in London in 1976 and grew up in Essex. She read English at Warwick University and has been working as a journalist since 1998. She has written for newspapers including the The Sunday Times, The Sunday Telegraph, the Daily Mail and the Express and magazines including Red, Psychologies, Marie Claire, Elle and Cosmopolitan.

Val Penny

Kindred Spirits: Westminster Abbey by guest author Jennifer C. Wilson

I am thrilled that my friend and fellow author, Jennifer C. Wilson has made time to visit my blog today. I know this is a particularly busy time for Jennifer because the third novelKS Tower of London in her highly successful Kindred Spirits series launched at the end of last week. I have thoroughly enjoyed the earlier books in the series, Kindred Spirits: Tower of London and Kindred Spirits: Royal Mile, so please tell us all about your new novel, Jennifer.

In the Kindred Spirits series, we meet the ghosts of historical characters, in a range of contemporary settings. Have you ever wondered what Richard III and Anne Boleyn might have in common, what Mary, Queen of Scots KS Royal Mileis getting up to now, or what happens when the visitors leave some of the most popular attractions in the country? Well, here’s your chance!

In the third of the Kindred Spirits series, we visit Westminster Abbey, and I hope you enjoy meeting a new community of ghosts. Mind, with modern travel so easy these days, a few faces we’ve already encountered might just show up too…

About Kindred Spirits: Westminster Abbey

On hallowed ground…JCW-Kindred-Westminster

With over three thousand burials and memorials, including seventeen monarchs, life for the ghostly community of Westminster Abbey was never going to be a quiet one. Add in some fiery Tudor tempers, and several centuries-old feuds, and things can only go one way: chaotic.

Against the backdrop of England’s most important church, though, it isn’t all tempers and tantrums. Poets’ Corner hosts poetry battles and writing workshops, and close friendships form across the ages.

With the arrival of Mary Queen of Scots, however, battle ensues. Will Queens Mary I and Elizabeth I ever find their common ground, and lasting peace?

The bestselling Kindred Spirits series continues within the ancient walls of Westminster Abbey.

Praise for the Kindred Spirits series

“A light hearted, humorous, and at times tender read which you’ll enjoy whether you like history or not.”

“This light-hearted, imaginative read is a new take on historical fiction but make no mistake, this is not only a fun read but an educational tool.”

“A brilliantly unique idea from a distinctive new voice in fiction.”

About Jennifer

Jennifer is a marine biologist by training, who developed an equal passion for history whilst stalking Mary, Queen of Scots of childhood holidays (she since moved on to Richard III). She completed her BSc and MSc at the University of Hull, and has worked as a marine environmental consultant since graduating.JenniferCWilson-NEW-January2018

Enrolling on an adult education workshop on her return to the north-east reignited Jennifer’s pastime of creative writing, and she has been filling notebooks ever since. In 2014, Jennifer won the Story Tyne short story competition, and also continues to work on developing her poetic voice, reading at a number of events, and with several pieces available online. Her Kindred Spirits novels are published by Crooked Cat Books and available via Amazon, along with her self-published timeslip novella, The Last Plantagenet? She can be found online at her blog, and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The Secret Language of Women by Nina Romano

Have you ever come across a book that delights you? I had never read any novels by Nina Romano previously, but The Secret Language of Women was recommended to me by so many people, that I decided it would be churlish to ignore this book. I am so glad I picked it up.

the secret language of womenThe Secret Language of Women is set in nineteenth century China during The Boxer Uprising or Yihetuan Movement. This was a violent anti-foreign, anti-colonial and anti-Christian uprising that took place in China between 1899 and 1901, toward the end of the Qing dynasty. This rebellion has driven apart the lovers, Zhou Bin Lian and Giacomo Scimenti.

Lian is only seventeen years old when she accompanies her Swiss father, a doctor to help the recovery of Italian ambassador. It is here that she meets and falls in love with Giacomo. Their love deepens as the novel weaves its way through a series of adventures.

However, Lian is promised to another in wedlock. She is also unable to follow her chosen path to become a physician.

Lian is also discriminated against because her feet were not bound and she must work in a factory separated from her daughter, Ya Chen. Lian is a determined character and empowers herself to fight against the injustice and determines her destiny. She reveals the story of her life and her hopes for the future in Nushu, the women’s secret writing.

It is a delicious, original story. It would be an excellent book for a book group. I have also discovered that The Secret Language of Women is the first book in the Wayfarer Trilogy. I am looking forward to reading the other novels in this series.

Nina Romano’s Wayfarer Trilogy has been published by Turner Publishing. Book #1 of the historical saga: The Secret Language of Women was a Foreword Reviews Indie-Fab Book Award Finalist. The novel won the Independent Publisher 2016 IPPY Gold Medal in the historical/romance Book Awards. Book #2 of the series, Lemon Blossoms appeared 2/16/16 and, Book #3, In America, was released 7/19/16 and is a finalist in the 2016 Chanticleer Media’s Chatelaine Book Awards for Romance.Nina Romano 2

Nina Romano earned a B.S. from Ithaca College an M. A. from Adelphi University and a B. A. and M.F.A. in Creative Writing from FIU. She’s a world traveler and lover of history. She lived in Rome, Italy, for twenty years, and is fluent in Italian and Spanish. She authored a short story collection, The Other Side of the Gates, five poetry collections, and two poetry chapbooks. Her most recent collection, Westward: Guided by Starfalls and Moonbows, was published from LLC Red Dashboard. She co-authored, Writing in a Changing World from Bridle Path Press. Romano has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize.

Val Penny

 

If You’d Told Me I was Going to be a Writer by guest author by Miriam Drori

Today I am delighted that my friend and fellow author, Miriam Drori has made time to join me and tell me about her lifelong writing journey. Thank you for sharing your experience, Miriam.

If you’d told me, when I was ten, that I was going to be a writer, I’d have laughed. That was when, in an English test, we had to write an essay called: My Home. I described the house that I lived in. Another girl’s essay was read aloud in the class. She’d written eloquently about her home, describing family members, relationships, atmosphere and so on. Clearly, I wasn’t cut out to be a writer.miriam 10

If you’d told me, when I was fourteen, that I was going to be a writer, I’d have laughed. I enjoyed learning grammar, but I didn’t know how to write stories like some of my peers, and as for poetry…. They used to write poems that got published in the school magazine, poems I couldn’t even understand. Clearly, I wasn’t cut out to be a writer.

If you’d told me, when I was nineteen, that I was going to be a writer, I’d have laughed. I was studying Maths at university. That was hardly going to lead to a career as a writer.Miriam 15

If you’d told me, when I was twenty-two, that I was going to be a writer, I’d have laughed. True, I’d just corrected all my boss’s misspellings in a technical document, but that hardly qualified me to be a writer.

If you’d told me, when I was forty-five, that I was going to be a writer, I’d have said that’s what I am – a technical writer. If you’d then said I was going to write fiction, I’d have laughed. How could someone with no imagination write fiction?Miriam adult

What led me to creative writing was social anxiety. When I discovered I had it and then met many others, mostly online, who also had it, I began to realise how little known it was, despite being very common, and I determined to do all I could to raise awareness of social anxiety.

First, I wrote a non-fiction book all about social anxiety. My first encounter with the publishing world didn’t prove successful. Then I thought I might do better with a story. But how could I make up a story without an imagination? So I wrote a story based mostly on my experiences and partly on those of others. I hardly noticed that I’d created fictional characters for the story.

When I joined a writing group, I was advised to write new scenes. I’m not creative, I thought, but somehow I wrote them.

That book also failed to attract any interest. In the meantime, I did have success with short stories and eventually with two novels, published by Crooked Cat Books. And I got the idea of taking the characters of my first attempt at a novel and putting them in a new and exciting story, one that I made up rather than basing it on personal experiences. I’m still putting the final touches to that.

I suppose I’d always been a writer. But somewhere in that process I became a storyteller and an author. I discovered that I really did have an imagination.Social Anxiety book

I shouldn’t have laughed when I was ten, if you’d told me I was going to be a writer. I should have said, “Put me down a class.” Because I was always too young and too immature for the class I was in to be any good at a subject like English. If I’d been in the class below, I’d probably have fared better. And then I might have thought I was cut out to be a writer.

By the way, that non-fiction book on social anxiety, with some recent additions, was published by Crooked Cat Books in 2017. It covers all the different aspects of this… disorder/condition/what-have-you, and is intended for everyone – “sufferers” and non-“sufferers” alike.

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Miriam Drori is the author of three very different published books:

She is working on a novel led by a character with social anxiety, and has plans for other novels.

When not writing, Miriam likes to read, dance, hike and travel. She has learnt that the unwanted and uninvited guest called Social Anxiety is here to stay, and has been making friends with it. The process involves willingness, concessions and compromise from both sides. Just saying.

Miriam Drori can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest, Wattpad and on her website/blog and social anxiety blog.

In this video, she introduces her latest book, with the help of her “other half.”

Pressure by Betsy Reavley

Pressure bookThe new novel Pressure by Betsy Reavley was recommended to me recently, so I was pleased to make time to read this novel. The title is used to great advantage and the different meanings of the word pressure are itemised at the beginning of the book. This is a useful beginning.

Pressure takes place on a submarine where movie mogul Frank Holden is making a film. However, the vessel developes a fault and sinks to the bottom of the sea. The ten member cast and crew have no contact with the outside world. They are unable to escape and then one of them is found dead.

Tension mounts as the group realises that one of them is a murderer.

The story of their predicament is interwoven with brief backgrounds of each of the occupants of the submarine and the difficult life of one of them. It becomes clear that due to the pressures ‘Child’ has faced growing up, they must be the murderer but never does the author let it slip as to whether ‘Child’ is male or female.

The increase in tension and desperation results in the characters turning on each other as they try to identify the murderer amonst them. Each death reduces the number of suspects. Each of the characters has had pressure to deal with in their past and must face this and their secrets.

Pressure, with the flashbacks to ‘Child’ reminded me a it of Mark Billingham’s first Tom Thorne novel, Sleepyhead, 9one of my all time favourite books) reviewed here http://www.bookreviewstoday.info/2013/06/16/sleepyhead-by-mark-billingham/. Not because of the subject matter but because of the clever use of this literary device. I enjoyed Pressure. It is exciting and is a clever novel with a most interesting setting. I think it would work well for book groups and if you enjoy crime thrillers as much as I do, Pressure is well worth reading.

The Author

Author of  The Quiet OnesThe Optician’s WifeCarrionBeneath the Watery Moon and the poetry collection The Worm in the Bottle. Betsy was born in Hammersmith, London. Betsy Reavley

As a child she moved around frequently with her family, spending time in London, Provence, Tuscany, Gloucestershire and Cambridgeshire.

She showed a flair for literature and writing from a young age and had a particular interest in poetry, of which she was a prolific consumer and producer.

In her early twenties she moved to Oxford, where she would eventually meet her husband. During her time in Oxford her interests turned from poetry to novels and she began to develop her own unique style of psychological thriller. Betsy says “I believe people are at their most fascinating when they are faced by the dark side of life. This is what I like to write about.”

Betsy Reavley currently lives in London, with her husband, 2 children, dog, cat and chickens. You can follow her on Twitter @BetsyReavley

 

Val Penny

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Amongst the many things I undertake now is to inspire a love of reading and language in young people. For many, particularly teenage boys, this is killed at school. One of the profound novels that is often done to death in the hope of getting a good exam result is Lord of the Flies by William Golding.

William_Golding_1983During World War II, the author fought battleships at the sinking of the Bismarck, and also fended off submarines and planes. Lieutenant Golding was even placed in command of a rocket-launching craft. Of his World War II experiences, Golding has said, “I began to see what people were capable of doing. Anyone who moved through those years without understanding that man produces evil as a bee produces honey, must have been blind or wrong in the head.” Like his teaching experience, Golding’s participation in the war would prove to be fruitful material for his fiction, particularly Lord of the Flies.

The central theme in Lord of the Flies is that of things breaking down. This is shown in a number of ways. Violence replaces peace, friends turn into enemies, life ends in savage death. Everything degenerates.

War is another running theme in the novel, starting from plane the boys were travelling in. This is shown in various ways including the fact that the boys are on the islandlord of the flies book because the plane that was evacuating them from Britain during a fictional nuclear war was attacked and crashed. The reader is told the civilisation from which they were trying to escape is being destroyed. Also, the dead parachutist who lands on the island was gunned down during an overhead battle. Somewhat ironically, the naval officer who comes to their rescue is himself involved in the war.

Violence is always present. It starts as a game, but grows more horrific throughout the novel and all the friendships and good relationships on the island break down, either through bullying and violence or death. Even the island slowly degrades as the story goes on, reflecting the break down of the boys’ relationships.

The title of the novel comes from the Arabic for one of the manifestations of the Devil. Baal-Zebub – or Beelzebub – means ‘lord of the flies’. In the novel, the pig’s head on a stick is  covered in flies, and provides a horrific symbol of how far the violence has come. The pig was killed by Jack and his hunters and the head is put on a stick as an offering to the ‘beast’. Only Simon really appreciates that the ‘beast’ is actually the evil inside the boys themselves and it is that which is breaking things up.

So, the title of the novel reinforces the idea that we all have something of the ‘devil’ within us – and that the ‘devil’ can be released all too easily. Lord of the Flies is a short novel, but it deals effectively with the concept of evil within mankind. If you have not read it since you were a child, I recommend you read it again with adult eyes. It will shock you.

Val Penny

My Writing and Me by guest author Katharine Johnson

I am delighted that one of my favourite authors, Katharine Johnson, has made time to visit my blog today to discuss her writing journey and the novels she has had published. Thank you so much for your time, Katharine, over to you!Katharine Johnson

I’ve been making up stories for as long as I can remember. I wrote my first book when I was nine – a collection of stories about a naughty chimp – and have been writing ever since.

I had a go at getting published in my teens and early 20s but concluded it was too difficult and expensive – this was back in the days where manuscripts had to be sent by snail mail and weighed a tonne.

Working as a journalist satisfied the need to be a published writer but for many years I carried on writing fiction as a secret hobby although not usually getting beyond the first draft stage.panzanella.JPG

When a friend of mine got published a few years ago I realised it wasn’t an impossible dream after all and was inspired to give it another shot. I admitted to myself that not having a novel published would be my one regret in life so I enrolled on a fiction writing course and started a new novel.

I was thrilled when Crooked Cat Books accepted Lies Mistakes and Misunderstandings which was published in 2016. Last year they also published The Silence, a story about a dark secret held by a beautiful Tuscan house, Villa Leonida.the secret

And this Friday June 1st is publication day for my third novel – The Secret.

The Secret reveals another dark secret harboured by Villa Leonida, and there is a connection between the two stories but The Secret is a standalone so can be read in isolation.

I love old buildings with many layers of history and multiple stories to tell. I was inspired by many of the small villages in Tuscany and the incredibly difficult situation in which Italian civilians found themselves during WW2, with the Allies, Nazis, partisans and Italian fascist army all demanding their support.

I wrote quite a lot of the book in a garden near Lucca. Being surrounded by the sights, sounds and smells helped me to create the settings.

Online launch invitation

I’m holding an online launch party on Facebook this Friday 1 st June, 2018, to celebrate Publication Day – hope you can come!

The theme will be Secrets – so there will be lots of revelations! You can drop in and out at any time during the day to learn secrets about me, my writing, the book and Italy. There will be visits from awesome authors –  including Val –  fun competitions and prizes including something to drink, something to wear, something to read and some gorgeous artwork. If you click this link and select Going you’ll get a reminder on the day.

https://www.facebook.com/events/111942169663863/

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The Secret

Two girls growing up in Mussolini’s Italy share a secret that has devastating consequences. Against a backdrop of fear, poverty and confusion during the Second World War, friendship is tested and loyalties divided until a chance encounter changes everything.

The girls’ lives diverge when beautiful, daring Martina marries and moves into Villa Leonida, the most prestigious house in the village while plain, studious Irena trains to be a teacher.

But neither marriage nor life at Villa Leonida are as Martina imagined. And as other people’s lives take on a new purpose Irena finds herself left behind.

Decades later a tragedy at the villa coincides with the discovery of an abandoned baby, whose identity threatens to re-open old wounds and blow the secret wide open. Irena’s son is determined to find out the truth about the village’s past while Martina’s daughter is desperate to keep it hidden.

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The Secret costs £6.99 in paperback and £1.99 as an ebook. You can buy it here

http://mybook.to/thesecretjohnson

 You can contact Katharine here:

Facebook www.facebook.com/Katharinejohnsonauthor/

Twitter @kjohnsonwrites

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39935577-the-secret

Goodreads author page https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/396072.Katharine_Johnson

Chasing the Case by Joan Livingston

Chasing the CaseIt is always lovely to come across a new author whose work you enjoy, so when I recently bought Chasing the Case by Joan Livingston, I knew it was a crime thriller, my favourite genre, but I was not familiar with this author’s work. However, I was not disappointed, Chasing the Case is an excellent book: better yet, it is the first of a series, so I am in at the beginning.

The main protagonist is a widow, Isabel Long, who has lost her job as a newspaper editor and is living with her 92 year-old mother in a small town. In addition to that, her social security payments are nearing their end. But this lady is very resourceful.

She decides to investigate the disappearance of, Adela Collins, a woman from the town: but it happened 28 years ago. Isabel’s fiesty little mother is her wingman and they make for an amusing pairing. It is difficult for an author to combine humour with mystery, but this author mananges it extremely well.

When Isabel notices a job being adertised in the local pub, she goes for it and, as the job is only part-time, she still has time to investigate Adela’s disppearance. Working in the pub gives Isabel the opportunity to talk to those who knew Adela at the time of her disappearance and she also gets to know some people better than she did previously.

Chasing the Case offers a delightful view of small town life, in a humorous and exciting way. It would be an excellent novel for a book group. I enjoyed it so much that I read it in two sittings. I highly recommend Chasing the Case and am already looking forward to the next Isabel Long book.

Joan Livingston is the author of novels for adult and young readers. Chasing the Case,Joan Livingston published by Crooked Cat Books, is her first mystery and the first in a series featuring Isabel Long, a longtime journalist who becomes an amateur P.I.

An award-winning journalist, she started as a reporter covering the hilltowns of Western Massachusetts. She was an editor, columnist, and most recently the managing editor of The Taos News, which won numerous state and national awards during her tenure.

After eleven years in Northern New Mexico, she returned to rural Western Massachusetts, which is the setting of much of her adult fiction, including Chasing the Case and its sequels.

Val Penny

Songs of Innocence by guest author Anne Coates

I am thrilled that Anne Coates has made time to visit my blog today. Anne’s fabulous new crime thriller Songs of Innocence was published just this week. Her novels are set in Southwark in one of my favourite world cities, London, England so it is a particular pleasure to have her here to discuss the importance of location in novels. Over to you, Anne!Songs of Innocence - Book Cover

Recently at a local event celebrating 40 years of a church and community centre, a woman approached me, introduced herself then asked, “So when is your next book out?”

Now this is pure heaven for an author and you can imagine my delighted smiles. I told her that Songs of Innocence would be out on 24 May and once again is set in 1990s London mostly in the London Borough of Southwark.

She was delighted. “I love picturing the streets and places you describe and which I know. Plus I do love a dead body or two.”

Well the first dead body is discovered in Peckham Pond in the park which is about ten minutes’ walk from my home, and also where Hannah Weybridge lives. I used to take my daughter, Olivia, and later my beloved Westie, Fliss there. I know the park well both before and after it’s restoration and it is where William Blake had his vision of angels, hence the title and the quotation at the beginning of the book.

Above my desk is a painting of Peckham Park by my friend and artist Caroline Wright who executed a series of images illustrating the park. When The park was restructured, Caroline stopped selling her originals and only sells prints of them as they are now a pictorial history of the park.

Fortunately I have lots of photos taken during the 90s that I use as an aide memoire to how the area and the parks (Dulwich and Sydenham woods also feature as locations where bodies are discovered) used to look.

I love living in East Dulwich. I first bought a flat here when I was working for IPC Magazines and then moved on to a dilapidated house which I renovated. The area is very much a character in the Hannah Weybridge novels and it’s fun going back and remembering what the place was like in the 1990s before it became trendy and impossibly expensive to live in.

Obviously using London as a location means that some places have to be more or less accurately described. And no writer would get away with, for example, moving a well known landmark to a different place. When I write about any of the characters going somewhere, I recreate those streets and usually I have been to the pub, the Cathedral, or station mentioned on numerous occasions. The schools, newspaper office and some other locations have been fictionalised but are often based on real places – although sometimes I take a bit of a geographical liberty!Anne Coates Author Image

Reading and writing has been Anne Coates’ passion for as long as she can remember. Instilled and inspired by her mother and by the Deputy Head at her secondary school who encouraged her hunger for reading by granting her free access to the books not yet in the school library, and she feels still grateful for this, in her eyes, amazing privilege.

After her degree in English and French, Anne moved to London to stay. During her career she worked for publishers, as a journalist, writer, editor, and translator. The birth of her daughter, Olivia inspired her to write non-fiction books, such as ‘Your Only Child’ (Bloomsbury, 1996), books about applying to and surviving university (NeedtoKnow, 2013), but also short stories, tales with a twist, and stories exploring relationships, published in two collections by Endeavour Press (2015).

The sometimes strange places Anne visited as a journalist often made her think “What if…” And so, investigative journalist Hannah Weybridge was born… The Hannah Weybridge series currently consists of three books, all published by Urbane Publications: ‘Dancers in the Wind’ (2016), ‘Death’s Silent Judgement’ (2017), and ‘Songs of Innocence’ (2018).

Anne Coates lives in London with three demanding cats and enjoys reading, going to the theatre and cinema, wining and dining.

Where to find Anne Coates
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