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.


Meet the Authors – Evesham Festival of Words – Next event Friday 9th November

The next session will be on Friday 9th November starting at 11.00 a.m. The visiting authors are:

Helen Yendall

Maureen Butler

David Simson

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.


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 13th November.

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


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 14th November. For further details and to book a place, please contact Sue on 01386 446477.


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.

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.


Evesham Festival of Words Flash Fiction Group – Brew Bear Cafe – Monday 12th November

If you’re anywhere near Evesham, come and join us. Bring a short piece of writing to share with the group. We meet at 2.00 for one hour. The prompt for this meeting is: ”Time for the reaper…”  Don’t worry about going off at a tangent or if the finished piece is miles away from the starting point. The key thing is to write. If you live nowhere near Evesham, then feel free to try this prompt anyway. Let me know how you get on with it.

The next meeting will be on Monday 12th November and the prompt is: “No proper time of day…”


Sensory Workout for Writers – Thursday 8th November – The Almonry, Evesham – 11.00 – 1.00

There are only ten places available – so book your place now!

The Workshop will take place in the atmospheric setting of The Almonry, Evesham.

I will be giving tips on how to nurture the writer within, maintain creative energy and be more productive. These tips and techniques will help you to stay connected to your work in progress and not be tempted to give up.

The morning will also include short writing exercises aimed at creating unforgettable characters and settings.

Don’t give your readers any excuse to put your story down. Book for this course today.

The cost is £15 to include tea, coffee, biscuits and home-made cake.

To book a place, contact info@eveshamfestivalofwords.org or see www.eveshamfestivalofwords.org