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The Enemy Within

My son informed me recently in solemn tones that he had some bad news for me. Steeling myself for the worst, I waited. The news as it turned out was indeed rather distressing.  He’d found a typo in my second novel. Given the times I’ve read the manuscript, not to mention the proofreaders and editors who’ve also been over it…

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Stone Killer

When Neville Heath stood trial for murder in 1946, women queued for up to fourteen hours for the chance to get a glimpse of the charming killer. Throughout the three-day hearing, the defendant remained indifferent to his crimes and accepted the death penalty imposed by the Judge, Mr Justice Morris, without comment. What made the case all the more sensational…

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Life as a QR code

Imagine how many bloggers there are out there, filling the world with unsolicited text. Solitary voices in cyberspace, looking for recognition. I began to wonder at the purpose of it all. What drives us ordinary mortals to pen these quaint little ramblings? Surely, we all have better things to do? For one thing it’s practise, I suppose. The more you do,…

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What would my mum think?

I thought it might be amusing to compile a list of the excuses I have used in the past to convince myself I couldn’t make it in the writing game. Some of these are old recurring themes, others have popped up more recently. Here we go ….. I haven’t been to university I’m too old I have tattoos I don’t…

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Last man standing

The publishing world has changed. Authors no longer need to follow the traditional model in order to see their work in print. They can simply upload their work to Amazon and be in business in a matter of minutes – a privilege unheard of in previous decades. Forward to the deluge of grateful readers and the six-figure advance from Harper…

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WOW Interview – Helen Summer

The Words of Wisdom Interview – a series of interviews with writers and artists, to discover their methods, dreams and inspiration.

No.4 – Helen Summer

Helen is an author living in Christchurch, Dorset. She started writing in 1997, initially writing children’s stories and short stories aimed at the women’s magazine market. She embarked on the Writers Bureau correspondence course, which she completed in two years.  She also became Press Officer of the athletic club where she coached.

She was introduced to a publisher at a half-marathon race in Majorca. That publisher turned out to be John Blake who then invited Helen to write a book about people who’d run over 100 marathons. That book turned into ‘Running Crazy’, published by John Blake Publishing in March 2012, available on Amazon,  all good book stores and some sports shops.

www.helensummer.com

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In the Lion’s Den

Novelists are a sensitive bunch on the whole. So it was with some trepidation that I agreed to face a library book club on a cold, wet Monday afternoon, to hear their comments on my novel The Butterfly Collector. One of the things a writer fears most is criticism. You’ve spent hours labouring over your magnum opus and expect the…

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