Author A S Bielby

About me I was born in Stockton on Tees to a family living in Middlesbrough. We moved to a village near Whitby in North Yorkshire where I spent many years. I graduated from the University of East Anglia, worked as a Careers Advisor ending up as head of a university careers service. I have two children, two stepchildren and a lovely grandson. The children are grown-up with their own lives.

My husband and I came to Cyprus to live in 2007 after a hectic work life ‘to live the dream’, having finally retired from the property management business.

I have, for many years, wanted to write a book but I didn’t really know how to do it. Having met a member of the Paphos Writers Group, I decided to apply to join so have had a lot of practical help as well as encouragement to write. I am now slowly writing my novel as well as short stories. I met Glynis Smy (author of ‘Ripper, My Love’) recently, whose encouragement and help have given me a new lease of life..

My book ‘Payback Time’ is set in the North of England, as well as the south west of Cyprus. It is a romance/ family drama; how they meet and endeavour to overcome adversity, experience adventures on the way. Will they all make it intact through dark days? Time will tell.

Monday, 17 September 2012

We have started a new year at the Paphos Writer's Group. It's great to be back with friends who are on the same wave length.Some of us had written short stories which we had critiqued by a partner. This proved to be a very good excercise and I learnt a lot. It's amazing what you don't see yourself when you edit.

We are going to do a collaborative work; writing a book to submit for a competition! Very exciting. I'm constructing plots in my head at present so will be able to do it in November. I'll have to hit the ground running then as it has to be written in a month and I'm in the UK until 14th November.

It's essential to have contact with other writers for support advice and encouragement I find. Very stimulating. A good start to a new writing year

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