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Sunday, April 18, 2021

Sunderland author breaks into UK Top 50 bestsellers list with Ryhope-set saga



I'm eternally grateful to the Sunderland Echo, my local newspaper, for all their support. 

They've picked up on the news that my latest novel The Paper Mill Girl has made its way into the official UK Top 50 bestsellers chart. 


Thank you, Sunderland Echo.
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Glenda Young
Author of Sagas & Cosy Crime novels, published by Headline


Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Saturday, April 17, 2021

The Paper Mill Girl in the Official UK Top 50 Bestselling Books


I still can't quite believe this, but there it is, in black and white (and pink and yellow, courtesy of me!). 

This is the page taken from this week's edition of The Bookseller magazine, printing the official UK top 50 bestselling books this week.  

And there I am, with my novel The Paper Mill Girl in at number 49.

It's the first time I've ever been in the bestselling chart and I'm over the moon.

Friday, April 16, 2021

Bestseller, Fairytales and Writer of the Week - my writing week


The big - nay, huge! - news this week is that my novel The Paper Mill Girl made it into the official UK top 50 bestseller list.  She's only just in there, debuting at number 49, but it's a huge milestone for me and my writing, the first time I've ever been in the main bestseller list. What an achievement for my little book!


Elsewhere this week I've been putting the final touches to the preparation for my second cosy crime set in Scarborough.  I've tested all of my research, character profiles, story arcs and plot against this great book called Wired for Story. I use it each time I write and before I begin planning my chapters. That's the next job which I'll do next week before I start writing at the end of this month. It's going to be a fun summer of writing my second cosy crime.


The second cosy crime will be called Set for Murder at the Seaview Hotel and features sleuth Helen Dexter, landlady of the Seaview hotel, with her trusty rescue greyhound Suki.  I've been finding out more about greyhounds to bring Suki to life even more in this book and went for a walk with a lady who rescues greyhounds.  That's me on the left in the purple coat and lilac hat.


Also this week I was Writer of the Week at The People's Friend magazine website. What a treat!  I talk about writing my weekly soap opera Riverside for the magazine each week and a little about my writing routine when I'm writing novels.  You can read it all here.


I also has a magical, contemporary, fairytale short story called Wishful Thinking published in The People's Friend magazine this week. It's a story which I wrote during last year's lockdown. You can find out all about it here.


I crafted another episode of my weekly soap opera Riverside for The People's Friend magazine. I've been writing Riverside weekly since 2016 and you can find out all about it here.


I also kept the Coronation Street Blog ticking over with news and editing the team of 16 bloggers. 


See you next week!


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Glenda Young
Author of Sagas & Cosy Crime novels, published by Headline


Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Short Story, Wishful Thinking in The People's Friend magazine



I've a fun short story called Wishful Thinking, in The People's Friend magazine, in the shops today. 

It's a modern twist on a fairytale where a working, single mum is granted three wishes by her best friend. 

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Glenda Young
Author of Sagas & Cosy Crime novels, published by Headline


Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Top 50 Bestseller - The Paper Mill Girl


I'm overjoyed (and that's putting it mildly) to announce that my novel The Paper Mill Girl has made it into the official UK Top 50 list of bestselling books.

Okay, she's only at number 49, but she's made the list and I couldn't be more happy and proud.

For the last few weeks, the book has been bubbling under the bestselling list in The Heatseeker's chart, for those authors (me) who haven't been in the main bestselling list before. She entered the Heatseekers chart at number 11, rose to number 3 and the following week was still there, hanging on in third place.

And now this! She's made the leap from the Heatseekers chart to the main official UK top 50. 

I am very happy indeed.  Thank you to everyone who has bought the book and enjoyed it.

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Glenda Young
Author of Sagas & Cosy Crime novels, published by Headline


Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor


Monday, April 12, 2021

Writer of the Week at The People's Friend magazine


This week I'm writer of the week at The People's Friend magazine website. What a treat! 

I talk about writing my weekly soap opera Riverside for the magazine each week and a little about my writing routine when I'm writing novels. 

This week in the magazine, as well as my weekly soap opera Riverside, I've also got a magical, contemporary, fairytale short story called Three Wishes which I wrote during last year's lockdown.

Friday, April 09, 2021

Plotting and planning next cosy crime - my writing week



This week has meant a new start. It's the beginning of a month of research for my second cosy crime novel Set for Murder at the Seaview Hotel. It's the second in the series of Helen Dexter cosy crimes, she's a wonderful sleuth who runs a B&B in Scarborough.  The first in the series comes out in August this year and it's here.

Although I'm known as a saga writer and my sagas are hugely popular (thank you, everyone!), I'm writing sagas and cosy crimes alternatively now for the foreseeable future, which is great. It keeps the sagas fresh, new and exciting while I take time away from historical writing to have fun in a contemporary setting with my cosy crimes.

And so to this week, I've been researching. This has involved a flurry of phone calls to Scarborough and to friends in the northeast who are involved in something similar to the business in which the crime in my book is situated. I've been creating the structure of my novel in my mind, turning ideas over, dismissing some and adding others. I've made lists, wrote a one-page outline of the book including suspects, motive, red herrings, sub-plots and of course, lots of gentle humour too.  

Next week I'll take the research one step further with a walk in the park with a greyhound. Intriguing, eh? And I'll create profiles for my characters before doing some reading about story structure to make sure I've covered all the bases in my novel. I need to be sure that what I plan to write contains all the twists and turns I want the reader to enjoy.  

When all of that is done, I'll start typing up chapter outlines. These are loosely planned as my writing changes as I go, characters I never planned suddenly appear and the book takes on a life of its own. But it needs, for me, to have a structure to begin with, I can't sit down and stare at a blank screen, I'm no good like that.  And so I give myself lots of hints and clues as to where to begin telling my tale, where to make it rise and fall, turn up the tension, commit the crime, solve it satisfactorily and always get the reader involved.

Elswehere this week, I'm absolutely chuffed about this, pop-pickers! My new novel THE PAPER MILL GIRL is a non-mover this week, remaining at number 3 in The Bookseller's Heatseekers Chart (for those bubbling under the top 50 bestsellers by authors who haven't been in the best selling chart before). She entered the chart at number 11, then last week went up to number 3 and this week, despite some very stiff competition from books written by celebrities with their own PR campaign (and I have none of this apart from the wonderful assistance from Hype That PR, a fellow Sunderland lass and marketing professional), my book holds her own at the number three slot.


As a child, spending time in the library at Ryhope made me fall in love with books, stories and reading. It's what made me want to become a writer. With thanks to Ulverscroft for sending me my author copies of THE PAPER MILL GIRL this week in large print and audiobook! I've already donated these to one local community library, Fulwell Community Library and will donate more, when it's open again, to Back on the Map community library in Hendon.


I crafted another episode of my weekly soap opera Riverside for The People's Friend magazine. I've been writing Riverside weekly since 2016 and you can find out all about it here.



I also kept the Coronation Street Blog ticking over with news and editing the team of 16 bloggers. 


See you next week!

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Glenda Young
Author of Sagas & Cosy Crime novels, published by Headline


Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

Holding her own! No. 3 in Heatseekers chart with The Paper Mill Girl


Absolutely chuffed about this, pop-pickers! 

My new novel THE PAPER MILL GIRL is a non-mover this week, remaining at number 3 in The Bookseller's Heatseekers Chart (for those bubbling under the top 50 bestsellers by authors who haven't been in the best selling chart before). 

She entered the chart at number 11 to weeks ago...



...then last week went up to number 3...



.. and this week, despite some very stiff competition from books written by celebrities with their own PR campaign (and I have none of this), she holds her own at the number three slot.

Saturday, April 03, 2021

Going up! Flyers, radio and online talk - my writing week


This week is the last of five weeks that I've allowed myself off to rest between writing books. And while I haven't been writing (apart from my weekly soap opera Riverside for The People's Friend magazine) it's surprised me how much work I do on auto-pilot without thinking about it. That's why these weekly writing blog posts are important to me and why I'll keep doing them. They're a reminder of what I do outside the realm of writing, all work that goes to support my writing life. 

It's a busy life, full of admin and record-keeping as I'm self-employed. I have to be my own secretary, Public Relations expert (witht he help of Hype That Publicity!), my own Personal Assistant, hair stylist and make-up artist for when I do zooms and online talks. I have to be my own life coach,  manager, mentor and yes, it's exhausting at times. But do you know what? I wouldn't change it for the world. 

And so let's have a look at what I've been up to this week when I haven't been writing. 


First off, I designed and updated my set of flyers to help promote my books. These I pop into each of my books that I sell direct from my website. Would you like to be a signed book? All details here.  

I have my flyers, just like my banner which was in last week's writing round-up, printed by Hello Print who are very reasonably priced and more importantly, available to chat online to if I run into problems with my design.



I also narrated and recorded an online talk about writing historical fiction set in old Ryhope, the village where my novels are based. I talk about how locations in the village inspire my books and the talk is 20 minutes long. It's very interesting and feedback so far has been great. 

Would you like to watch it?   It's here.


I was interviewed this week on DH9 Community Radio by DJ Bryan Irving. I met Bryan a few years ago at a writing for radio workshop in Sunderland. He's been a huge supporter of my short stories and novels and I visited him at his studios in Stanley, County Durham before the pandemic hit where he interviewed me on the radio. This time, our interview was done online.  You can listen to the interview soon and I'll post the link when it's live. It includes the chance to win one of two signed copies of my new novel The Paper Mill Girl.



The Paper Mill Girl rose up the Bookseller's Heatseekers chart to number 3.  I am very happy indeed with this! The Heatseekers Chart is for those bubbling under the top 50 bestsellers chart by authors who haven't been in the best selling chart before. 


I also had a short story, written during lockdown last year, accepted for publication by The People's Friend Magazine. It's a fun, cosy crime story and I'll let you know when it's published so you can read it if you'd like to.

I crafted another episode of my weekly soap opera Riverside for The People's Friend magazine. I've been writing Riverside weekly since 2016 and you can find out all about it here.



I also kept the Coronation Street Blog ticking over with news and editing the team of 16 bloggers. 


See you next week!

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Glenda Young
Author of Sagas & Cosy Crime novels, published by Headline


Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Thursday, April 01, 2021

Supporting Libraries Week - A talk for Northumberland Libraries



I know October is a way off yet but it'll be here before you know it. 

October is when Libraries Week is celebrated. 

Join me in support of Libraries Week with an online author zoom talk for Northumberland Libraries on Tuesday 5 October at 2pm.


I'll be chatting on about my new paperback release out in October, The Miner's Lass. There's a signed book to be won for the best question asked during the zoom!
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Glenda Young
Author of Sagas & Cosy Crime novels, published by Headline


Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor
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