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.

Friday, 25 January 2013

Another Day: 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.

 Jessica Bell's new book 'Show and Tell in a Nutshell.'
I went to the Paphos Writer's Group yesterday and as usual enjoyed their company. As I remarked last week several are going to buy Jessica Bell's new book 'Show and Tell in a Nutshell.' The only question was how many? It had gone out in the minutes of the meeting and 11 are buying! The Secretary is going to the UK in 10 days; she'll have the copies sent to her son's house and she'll bring them back so that the horrendous amount of shipping is avoided.

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.


  1. That's brilliant news! :-) Thank you for getting the word out. I hope to continue the 'pocket book' style writing books. The next one I'm thinking of doing is something like: How to turn the cliche into gold. :-) What do you think? Would that be helpful to you?

    BTW, if your writing group is interested, I'd love to write about you on my blog. Perhaps introduce the writing group and have its members each say something about how it's helped them? Let me know, or have your group secretary email me.

  2. Jessica Bell guided me to you blog. Nice to meet you!

  3. I am thrilled with how you are finding new members to your blog, Sandra!

  4. Jessica Bell also directly me. Lovely to meet you. All the best with your writing.

    1. Thank you for taking the time to look in on me. Joining an online group of writers is making me feel less isolated as a writer. I hope you can look in on me again.

  5. Hi there, Jessica Bell suggested your blog to me, so I came by to take a look. Welcome to the blogosphere! You seem to have got the hang of it already. I've enjoyed reading your posts so far, especially the 'brief encounter' story-very thought provoking! I also bought 'Show and Tell in a Nutshell' and so far it's been really helpful. ~Tizzy

    1. Thank you for taking the time to look in on me and comment. Several people have made positive comments about 'Brief Encounter' so may develop this further.
      Such feed back is invaluable.
      Jessica's new reference book is informing all I do now and hope to improve work I have done already.
      Please look in again if you have the time.