2019: My Year in Books

Another year done, another bunch of words written, another pile of books read. My writing life is still slow enough that it doesn’t warrant an end-of-year post on its own. My two highlights of the year were: My novella-in-flash AT THE BOTTOM OF THE STAIRS being shortlisted for the Bath Novella-in-Flash Award. My story EXCHANGE RATE being published by Ellipsis, and then going on to be selected as one of the BIFFY50 (the top 50 pieces of British and Irish flash fiction of the year) I’ve spent much of the year building on my novella and I hope to complete it in 2020.

Happy Anniversary to Me!

On Sunday it was the 5th aniversary of the publication of my novel, The Art of Letting Go, by Thistle Publishing. The publication turned out to be in the same year I had my first child. I followed this with another child the following year… but not with any more novels. And, finally, from a perspective of time, I am so glad this has been the case. The Art of Letting Go was not taken up by a major publishing house.

Exchange Rate at Ellipsis Zine

I’ve made it my mission this year to try submitting my stories for publication in a few of the journals, magazines and zines out there. Although I have had a few pieces published online, they are all a result of entering competitions. I felt it was time to do the very grown-up thing of submitting for publication! Following the advice of some wonderful writers I submitted my first piece to Ellipsis Zine and was delighted that they accepted it.

Bath Novella-in-Flash Award

Last month I was so delighted to have been shortlisted for the Bath Novella-in-Flash award. My novella, At the Bottom of the Stairs, was one I wrote over the last half of 2018 and a few weeks after the shortlist was released I am still pinching myself that I was on it! You can read about the overall winners here. A novella-in-flash is a very short book where each chapter is under 1000 words and contains a little mini-story in its own right, as well as contributing to the overall narrative of the book.

Author Interview: Anna Lickley

I am delighted today to be able to bring to you a little interview with author Anna Lickley. Anna’s debut full-length novel, Senseless, was published by Unbound Press this week. Although fiction, Senseless, draws on Anna’s experiences of living wtih disability. Having been diagnosed with the complex genetic illness neurofibromatosis 2 at the age of 16, Anna is now registered deafblind. She is the in-house writer for Can You Hear US CIC, and enjoys writing poetry and short stories as well as novels.