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HAPPY EASTER TO EVERYONE

Happy Easter to everyone.

I hope it is a time of creative renewal for you. If you are struggling a bit, then try one of the following:

  • Sit outside for five minutes and just watch the clouds or focus on a flower. Switch off your mobile phone!
  • Do some colouring or doodling.
  • Read a fairy-tale.
  • Go for a walk near water.
  • Try a different café.

 

 

Threads – spinning the web of time

Almost exactly a year ago I went into a shop called Quilters Corner, opposite the library in Evesham, Worcestershire. It was a wet Saturday in March 2018. I was attracted by a beautiful quilt hanging in the window. It was log cabin pattern, using a variety of dark green, rust and cream fabrics. As a former patchwork addict, it was like a magnet. However, more surprises were to come! Inside the shop I came face to face with a black and gold Naumann sewing machine similar to the one owned by my Great Grandmother and passed on to my mother on her marriage to my father. It was the machine I learned to sew on – with varying degrees of success!

I stood gazing at the machine as time span backwards, did a loop the loop and left my brain spinning. I left the shop, went to the nearest café and sat writing a torrent of ideas. A year later, the result is this book. So far, this book has exceeded any expectations I had. The book signing in Quilters Corner (held on a wet Thursday in early April) was an amazing event (photo of me with Charlie Gannon, owner of Quilters Corner). The book is selling well – I have a small following in Germany – and appears to be leading to other projects I would never have thought of doing. I am also researching another novel.

Several people told me not to bother with this project. I am so glad I disregarded their advice and just did it. 

Meet the Authors – Evesham Festival of Words – Next event Friday 10th May 2019

The next session will be on Friday 10th May 2o19 starting at 11.00 a.m. The visiting authors are:

Sharon Larkin

Sue Johnson

Bob Woodroofe

Colin Pitts

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 8th May 2019. For further details and to book a place, please contact Sue 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 cost is £12 and this includes a cup of tea or coffee.

The next workshop will be on Tuesday 14th May.

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

 

Happy St Patrick’s Day

Happy St Patrick’s Day to everyone. It’s a good day to be creative. Hope this photo of Dunluce Castle not far from the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland will inspire a story or poem.

Happy Valentine’s Day – Story Prompts

It’s a good day to begin a story – try one of the following:

  • Karen didn’t know who had left her the red rose.
  • The evening didn’t go as expected.
  • Sophie’s luck changed when she got on the wrong bus.
  • Ben got the Valentine cards mixed up.
  • Arabella came up with the idea of creating a special spell.

Have fun with these.

I will be publishing more prompts next month.

If you’ve enjoyed these – see my publications page for books that may provide even more inspiration.

 

The Girl With Amber Eyes

I am still having great fun with my ‘Year of Living Dangerously.’

I have a list of projects I want to write and publish by 10th September this year. After that I will review what has happened. If I am still having as much fun as I am now, then I will continue. If not, I will go for Plan B.

My first production for this year is ‘The Girl With Amber Eyes’ – originally published by My Weekly as a Pocket Novel.

The book is available on Amazon – £1.99 on Kindle – £7.00 paperback. It is also available on Smashwords.

Apple Orchard, Lemon Grove

I’m very happy to have my full rights back for this novel. It is now available on Amazon – and via the ‘hot buttons’ on this website – as a paperback or on Kindle.

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

It is available for £1.99 on Kindle or £7.00 paperback.

I am also hoping to offer an audio version in the near future.

 

 

 

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.

I have updated the cover of my ‘Writing Success’ book and have outlined two more books in the series.

In addition, I have produced a Kindle version of ‘A Solstice Tale’ which is a novella that was runner-up in a competition a few years ago organised by ‘Prediction’ magazine.

I’m now looking forward to publishing even more books in 2019 and to helping and encouraging even more writers.

More news soon.