Meet the Authors – Evesham Festival of Words – Next event Friday 14th December 2018

The next session will be on Friday 14th December starting at 11.00 a.m. The visiting authors are:

Alison May

Colin Pitts

Tracey Bryant

Kevin Brooke

Sue Johnson

The idea of these sessions is that people have a chance to meet some of the writers involved, buy their books and ask questions. We are especially keen to help and encourage new writers and nurture local talent. The sessions are free and coffee, tea and biscuits are provided. For further information, please contact the Library or Sue Johnson 0n 01386 446477.


Right to Write Workshops – Tesco St Oswalds, Gloucester

Joy Thomas and I offer a monthly workshop in the Community Room in Tesco, St Oswalds Road, Gloucester – usually on the second Wednesday of the month.

The workshops run from 10.30 – 12.30 and cost £8.00.

Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided.

The next workshop is on Wednesday 12th December. For further details and to book a place, please contact Sue on 01386 446477.


The first workshop for 2019 is Wednesday 9th January starting at 10.30.


Evesham Festival of Words – Meet Up for Local Writers, Readers, Artists, Song Writers – First Wednesday of the month

The next meeting will be on Wednesday 5th December at Jellypicklejam in Vine Mews.  The meeting is for anyone who is interested in anything creative – and we also welcome readers. (Every writer needs readers!) We start at 10.30 and stay until about midday. The aim is to give people a chance to network, discuss ideas and promote anything they may be doing. Please bring any leaflets, business cards, books – and come and enjoy great company, good coffee and lovely cake. For more information, please contact me on 01386 446477.


Flash Fiction & Poetry Workshops – Cheltenham – Second Tuesday of the Month

I run these workshops with Joy Thomas at The Suffolk Anthology Bookshop, Suffolk Parade, Cheltenham on the second Tuesday of the month from 10.30 – 1.00.

The next workshop is on Tuesday 11th December 2018.

The cost is £12 and this includes a cup of tea or coffee.

For further information and to book a place, please contact me: sue.r.johnson@outlook.com



My Year of Living Dangerously Continues!

I am currently feeling the most excited that I’ve felt since my first novel was published in 2011.

The reason is that I’ve focused on what I really want from my writing – and I’m going for it with all my heart and soul. I realised I didn’t want what everyone else seems to be chasing – an agent and a big publishing deal. I can see that these things come at a price and I don’t want to be pigeon-holed or tied into someone else’s production schedule or agenda.

I have a list of books that I intend to publish over the next year under my Toadstone Press imprint. (A toadstone – for those who don’t know – is a precious jewel said to be found in the heads of very old toads. The possession of one is said to give the person protection from all evil, wealth and creative energy). As one of my power animals is a toad – this seemed to fit the bill.

I don’t care if my various projects attract no interest or if people think I’m crazy. My energy and focus is on ‘doing.’ However, I have a feeling that because I feel so much better spiritually having made the decision, that this will work out.

The books will be a mixture of novels, poetry and publications aimed at helping other writers. My (very short) book on Synaesthesia is now published.

I have republished ‘Apple Orchard, Lemon Grove’ on Kindle and in paperback.

Also, as a result of the merger between Create Space and KDP Select, I’ve had to change one of my book covers. This feels like a positive move – and I have now decided to create a series following on from my ‘Writing Success: poetry, flash fiction & short story exercises’ book. The first one will follow the format of a day course I previously ran for Farncombe Estate – and am now running as a workshop for Evesham Festival of Words (‘Sensory Workout for Writers’).

More news soon.


Apple Orchard, Lemon Grove

I’m very happy to have my full rights back for this novel. I was sorry that my previous publishing deal didn’t work out but it’s no good if publishers don’t keep their side of the bargain!

I’m now ready to go with a new cover!

The novel features an English girl and a moody Italian chef who get together over an inheritance…

It is available for pre-order on Amazon at £1.99.


Happy Halloween – Good Luck with NaNoWriMo

Happy Halloween to everyone.

Good luck with NaNoWriMo.

To keep yourself on track, think of a reward system that isn’t going to break the bank – e.g. put 50p in a jar after each writing session. Treat yourself to something at the end of the month.



Synaesthesia: tasting words in a rainbow of sound

I am very fortunate to have lexical-gustatory synaesthesia. (I taste words). I have written a very short book about it – another ‘Year of Living Dangerously’ project. I created this because I wanted to – not to fit a particular market. I hope readers find it informative and easy to read.

To celebrate Halloween the book is free on Kindle from 31 October – 2 November.

Love & blessings!

Writing Success: poetry, flash fiction & short story exercises

I have just published edition two of this book – which has been one of my best-sellers. (Interestingly, it was something another writer advised me not to do because she didn’t think it would sell!) I have now revised the cover and have planned a series of ‘Writing Success’ books aimed at helping other writers. Book two will be out early next year and is based on my ‘Sensory Workout’ workshops.

The moral of the story is – if you like an idea then stick with it. Ignore what anyone else says. They are not you and you are not walking the same pathway as a writer as they are.

The book is FREE on Kindle from Monday 29th – Wednesday 31st October – just right for the run-up to NaNoWriMo.


A Town Like Evesham

Local singer-songwriter Colin Pitts, Evesham poet Bob Woodroofe and I have united to produce a CD of poems and songs called ‘A Town Like Evesham.’

The CD is available from The Almonry Tourist Information Centre, Evesham, Jellypicklejam café and by getting in touch with Colin at www.colinpitts.co.uk or Bob at www.greenwoodpress.co.uk or email me at sue.r.johnson@outlook.com