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.
Friday, 21 June 2013
Sunday, 9 June 2013
Tuesday, 7 May 2013
Today, the sequel makes its presence known: Ripped Genes.
Ripped Genes will be at a special launch price of 99c/(77p approx) for the ebook version, until end of May.
The descriptive blurb holds a spoiler for those who have not read the first book. If you would like to read, Ripper, My Love, first, then contact Glynis at: glynissmy at outlook dot com, and put FREE BOOK PLEASE in the subject line. You will be sent a code for Smashwords, where you can download a copy in any format you please. This offer will finish at the end of May, so spread the word.
Growing up in late nineteenth century East London, Kitty Harper’s life is filled with danger and death – from her mother, her beloved neighbour and the working women of the streets ... Read more.
In June 2013, Glynis returns to her hometown,Harwich, Essex,in the UK, where she will gain inspiration for her next novel, The Man in Room Eighteen.
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Glynis also runs a site where she showcases, (not reviews), books for authors. It is free of charge, with no catch: New Book Blogger (not just for newly published books). She actively encourages self-published authors to submit to the blog.
Saturday, 4 May 2013
Jessica Bell has done it again and provided a really good grammar book for the beginner like me. I felt it really spoke to me. Her easy conversational style is easy to read and relate to. Very useful to have beside you to refresh your memory when you are more experienced too. It doesn't preach but make you feel that she too had the same problems and that she's pleased to pass on what she has learnt. It so good to know that she too has bad such problems, so I'm not such an ignoramus. We all have to learn. Thank you Jessica. I love the size too as I can put it in my handbag if I have an appointment and may have to wait. NO wasted time.
'Like Show Not Tell' I promoted it to the Paphos Writers' Group. No reservations about doing so as I can recommend it wholeheartedly. I hope you sell loads and loads.
Friday, 12 April 2013
|A view of the island from our terrace|
There are so many casualties. Those who have retired here now can't sell and have been caught without the full documentation for their properties and now little chance of selling. They are trapped. We number ourselves amongst these. We love this island with its fabulous scenery, lovely climate, more laid back way of life, however if the need for ones family becomes overwhelming these are of little comfort. The air fares have become too expensive for families in the UK to visit often, particularly as they are facing challenges in their lives .http://www.glynissmy.com/
On a positive personal note, we have been fighting for our Full Title Deeds for 8 1/2 years! Yesterday I went to our postbox and there they were. I can't believe it. It is a real Eureka moment. For those still wanting to sample the warmth and joy of this scenery there will be bargains to be had..People buying can always pay in sterling into UK Banks if they are nervous about bringing money to Cyprus.
Thursday, 21 March 2013
Well what can I say. How can such a lovely island have got into such a mess. Everyone will lose now. Even if the island manages to satisfy the Eurozone's demands it has been so damaged by the events of the last week that it will take for ever to recover. The island's property business alone will go down the drain, the banking sector is damaged irrevocably, businesses have not been able to trade as they've not had access to their money and the only currency is cash. No cash, no goods. Those who have already become impoverished will now have no hope. The outlook is very depressing. We are trapped. We need a miracle to survive.
Let's hope the oil and gas provide some much needed relief but that is a long way off. Watch this space and think of us.
Friday, 8 March 2013
|Glynis, my lovely friend.|
Sunday, 17 February 2013
|Glynis Smy's new book|
Sunday, 10 February 2013
I feel rather upbeat today as have got back to writing my novel, as feel that I've learned a lot already from reading Jessica Bell's 'Show and Tell in Nutshell'.
'Smile and the whole world smiles with you' is my positive thought at present.
|My new flipping machine|
Saturday, 2 February 2013
We had our usual meeting last Thursday and I thought it may be of interest to let you know a little about us. We are a very diverse group of writers who are at different stages in their writing careers. Some have published one or more books; all are ready to share their experiences as well as help each other. We bring work to the group each week to read out and have critiqued. Often someone gives a tutorial on a topic of interest to the group so that we learn about different aspects of writing and are challenged to try other genres.
I find it inspiring and of great practical use. As a result my dialogue has improved as well as other aspects of my writing. I'm working on the 'Show not Tell' issue at the moment. We have several nationalities represented: Cypriot, British, Spanish, Thai and Chinese making readings very interesting.
I'm now encouraged to get back to writing my novel 'Payback Time' which has been on the back burner for the last year.
We are starting to plan a Book Fair to be held in Paphos as part of the Paphos City of Culture Programme.
I'll keep up dates on the blog but would like to hear anyone interested in taking part.
Tuesday, 29 January 2013
Friday, 25 January 2013
25th January, 2013
Another week over. I don't know how they come round so fast. As you grow older time seems to speed up.
Never mind, that's life. It's a lovely day despite my fridge/freezer having noisily gone kaput! It's just one of a long line of things that have seen fit to malfunction this year. The main thing is, that we are alive. As a Cypriot friend remarked when I asked him how he felt, he said, 'Every day I wake up it has to be a great day.' How true.
Thank you again for your lovely, helpful book. I'm sure we'll be more effective in our writing as a result.
One asked if you'd be writing more self help writing books.
I hope you all have a great writing week.
My good friend Glynis has come to show me how to make my blog more effective so I'll try to put into practice the things she showed me. I did make lots of notes. That'll be good if I can master it. I'm not a natural with technical things. Watch this space.
Thursday, 17 January 2013
|View of Polemi - Cyprus|
On a Thursday I go to the Paphos Writer's Group and today I promoted Jessica Bell's new book 'Show and Tell In a Nutshell'. Several people showed interest in buying it so they are looking into ordering several together to try to minimise on shipping. Shipping was disproportionate to its size but for me it was worth every penny. Some may decide to purchase for Kindle.