On Thursday evening I went along to the Romantic Novelists’ Association Summer Party in Oxford to officially graduate from their New Writers’ Scheme as a published author.
I think it’s a true credit to this scheme that there were 17 of us ‘graduates’ this year. I have never been part of an organisation which is so inclusive, welcoming and supportive of new writers. After 8 years as a member, I think I can say I have finally found ‘my people’.
Many congratulations to Hannah B...egbie who won the coveted Joan Hessayon Award with her novel, Mother, which I will look forward to reading upon its release in August.
I was delighted to interview fellow Manatee Books author, Rachel Dove, on the blog today. She is the one working mum I know who spins more plates in the air than me! Some great advice, especially for me as I embark on writing a sequel.
For the past month I have been working on the first round of edits of my forthcoming novel for Manatee Books. I had the idea for this novel nearly ten years ago and, taking my writing seriously, my parents took me on a mini-break to Harrogate so I could carry out some research. It was probably the first holiday the three of us had had together since I’d left home & had a family of my own, &, alas, the last one too.
Having left the manuscript neglected for a few years, I unea...rthed all the photos I’d taken & amongst them was this one, taken 7 years ago today in Betty’s tearooms in York. I absolutely love this picture. It might be blurry around the edges but it sums up the relationship between my parents beautifully; comfortable in each other’s company, relaxed & happy. Who’d have thought that when this was taken, I would be eventually be published, Dad wouldn’t be here & we would never be ‘we three’ again. But at least I can say he was a part of the journey & that is a very treasured memory to hold 💙
It was lovely to interview Kate Thompson recently for the RNA Blog. As well as offering some valuable tips on getting your book to publication, Kate spoke to me about her latest novel, released last week; The Allotment Girls, set in wartime, East End, London.
Today on the RNA Blog, Lisa Hill chats with Kate Thompson - Author and finds out her Ten Writing Tips to Help your Book Bloom.
I have exciting book news! I am delighted to announce I’ve signed a two-book publishing contract with Manatee Books! I cannot wait to introduce you all to the Hardwicke family, especially Lottie, Yorkshire’s answer to Kirstie Allsopp, and all the antics they get up to in the property world. You can read more in the link below.
The first novel will be hitting your Kindles and Book Shelves this autumn and I just have the tiny matter of writing the second nov...el so watch this space!
Overwhelmed by the responses to my questions about Cheltenham’s night life in the 60s & 70s. Thank you to everyone who has contributed, if I haven’t replied to you yet, I will do.
Absolutely loving the research for this novel so far!
Cheltonians, I would love your assistance…
Were you on the scene of Cheltenham’s nightlife between the late 1960s and late 1970s? What do you remember? Did you go to the Blue Moon or were you going there when it became the Spa Lounge? Who do you remember playing there? Did you go to the YMCA disco nights? Did you dance at the Town Hall on Saturday nights and what did you dance to?
Any experiences you have of music during this period would be gratefully received; as you can pr...obably guess, it’s book research. I’m particularly keen to hear any memories of disco and Cheltenham Town Hall.
Oh, and to jog your memory, here’s Ria from Butterflies in the late ‘70s; can you guess where she is?
Thanks in advance,
Morning lovely Facebookers,
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