Happy New Year

New Year is a good time to clear clutter and decide what you would like more of in your life.

It is also a good time to re-evaluate your writing goals and take positive steps towards achieving them. I usually begin the year by creating a Vision Board. This includes words and pictures that may represent projects I am working on or ideas that are bubbling away under the surface. (If you don’t have space to display this on a wall or door, then this idea can work equally well in a scrap book.)

Ask yourself three questions:

  1. What would you most like to achieve with your writing this year?
  2. Why do you want this?
  3. What will be the benefit to you and others of achieving this?

If you have a personal connection to a novel you are working on then you are more likely to complete it successfully. For instance, the main character in my second novel ‘The Yellow Silk Dress’ was based on a girl I knew at school. I’d always wondered what happened to her – so I invented something for her!

Make this the year you stretch yourself a little. Say ‘yes’ to new opportunities. Aim for progress, not perfection!

Happy New Year

Happy New Year.

I hope it is a happy, healthy and creative one for all of you.

Take a few minutes to think about your achievements in 2018. Think about what you would like to do in 2019.

Begin the year by creating a Vision Board. (Look through old magazines for pictures and words that inspire you and create a collage to pin near your writing space.)

List twenty tiny steps you could take in the first month towards a major goal.

Keep going month by month until you achieve what you want.

Good luck!

Meet the Authors – Evesham Festival of Words – Next event Friday 11th January 2019

The next session will be on Friday 11th January 2o19 starting at 11.00 a.m. The visiting authors are:

Sue Ablett

Suz Winspear

Michael Purton

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 9th January 2019. For further details and to book a place, please contact Sue on 01386 446477.



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

There will be no meeting in January.

The next meeting will be on Wednesday 6th February 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 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.

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.


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.


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.