The Apple Inspector
Momaya Press Annual Review 2010. Order online.
The Apple Inspector explores the experience of breast cancer on a family, told through the voice of the daughter, a young girl who is quite self assured and even a little precocious at times. I love the strange logic and directness of kids. I channelled this into a story that is honest, but lightened with the boundless optimism children posses.
Chipped & Wandering,
Highly Commended, The Yellow Room Short Story Competition Spring 2012
The Yellow Room is a literary journal, publishing short stories by UK women writers twice a year. The Yellow Room website is a place where women writers can find support, encouragement and friendship. The editor, Jo Derrick, offers a short story clinic, runs seasonal competitions and gives helpful and constructive feedback on stories she considers unsuitable for the magazine.
The Brink, Shortlisted, Words With Jam Short Story Competition 2011
Judged by historical novelist Douglas Jackson.
Words With Jam is a literary magazine which doesn’t take itself too seriously. With informative writing advice, topical articles, new short fiction and engaging interviews with a diverse range of agents and writers, including bestselling authors Michael Morpurgo, J K Rowling, Paul Coelho, Chris Brookmyre and Jasper Fforde.
The Apple Inspector, Finalist, Momaya Short Story Competition 2010
Each year Momaya Press run an international short story competition and publish an Annual Review featuring short stories selected by a panel of judges from the publishing industry.
I enjoy working on both short stories and longer adult fiction, often set within a contemporary environment. At present I am attempting to whip my first novel into shape while I resist temptation from my other stories, in particular a young adult fantasy.
I also consult on professional copywriting for small businesses.
Here are some comments on my short stories from peer reviews on YouWriteOn.com:
Reviews of The Wandering Button (earlier draft of Chipped & Wandering)
“I'm still thinking about it. It left such an impression on me.” paigecarter (email correspondence)
“I laughed out loud!” Clair Humpries, articles published in Words with Jam and short stories published by Honno & Harper Collins US
Reviews of The Brink
“Lovely, economical writing and fantastic turns of phrase.” willow55
“I love the economical observation and the raw but restrained narrative voice. …it has the lilt of poetry and it's rare to find such attention to style.” JaneDH, articles published in The Independent, Mslexia, Poetry Review and The F-Word.
If you're interested, there's more about me and why I write fiction here.