Books by Glenda Young

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Red-Top Truths


Many years ago I studied my journalism degree as a mature student. It's one of the best things I ever did, life-changing in every way.

As part of my course and because I was (and still am) a huge Coronation Street fan, I set up a Corrie fan site dedicated to one particular character. I won't say who it was because the site has long gone. But while it existed, it was huge and even got a mention on the Graham Norton show.

One day on my University course, I opened an email from a tabloid journalist who told me that my fan website had been hacked by pornographers and asked if I had any comment to make. I checked the website. No hack. No porn. I ignored the email. He sent another, demanding a comment. I ignored it again. He printed a lie of a story about the website being hacked.  That was over 20 years ago.

Today I've just read a critical tabloid article online about a Coronation Street cast member. It was published by a different tabloid, but it's the same journalist's name on the byline as the one who contacted me 20 years ago.

I was stunned. That's 20 years of that person's life they've spent every day, dreaming up and writing the worst possible things about people they don't know.  What a waste of that person's writing talents and journalistic career. What a waste of a life.

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Novel writing diary week 5: More tea, vicar?


This week has been busy and I've now completed four chapters in total. I've settled into a writing routine, things are going well and my mind's in overdrive. In fact, it's been so much in overdrive that I had to take part of one day to look again at planning as I was in danger of speeding and going off track.

Having a plan for each chapter has been crucial for me. Lists, planning - that's how my brain works. And then around the constructed loom of each chapter plan I weave and embroider my tale. This is when I find out my plan either holds up brilliantly or doesn't work at all. If it's the latter then tweaks are made, changes happen and the plan shifts and morphs to fit the new characters and situations which have crawled out of my brain.

I also had tea with the vicar this week who shared tales from the parish at the time in which my novel is set. Creative inspiration works in mysterious ways.

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Corrie Weekly Update - The Jammie Dodger Code of Conduct

I've been writing Coronation Street weekly updates since 1995 and this week's Coronation Street update has just gone live here.


This week in Corrie, the Cabbie's Code of Confidentiality strikes again

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Mum's Perfect Day Out


I've a short story called Mum's Perfect Day Out in this week's edition of My Weekly magazine.

It's a story inspired by true events and features two sisters who take their mum on a very special day out.

In fact, it's the one day out that their mum has always wanted to take.

But she isn't there to enjoy it with them...

I do hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Little Book of Carla Connor


It's been announced today that Alison King is returning to Coronation Street in the role of Carla Connor. Perfect timing then to relive all of Carla's storylines from her very first appearance to her very last via my book I wrote and published last year.

The book is available in paperback as an ebook from Amazon.

BUY IT HERE

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Novel Writing Diary Week 4: Writing and Worrying

This is me as a writer, in my head.


This is me as a writer, in reality. 
Two chapters are written and the third is underway. I'm on a deadline to produce and submit six chapters before I go away on my jollies next month.  That's OK, it's doable. I've done myself a schedule. Ooh, it's a lovely schedule, on a spreadsheet, all colour co-ordinated with a nice font and I love tweaking it and updating it and... 
... it's so easy to get distracted. It's so easy to do anything other than sit down and write. But when I do, I get lost in the power of words, the power of my story, the power of being me as a writer. The me I have always wanted to be. 
(Note to self: that's far too cheesy a thing to be admitting in a public forum).
So the writing is going well, as is the tweaking of the schedule and the colouring-in of the spreadsheet. 
But I'm worrying too. Is there too much dialogue? Not enough? Are the characters coming alive for the reader in the same way that they're alive in my head? How do I move on time? Should I move on time and... oh, hang on...  my spreadsheet needs tweaking again.

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Corrie Weekly Update - Diamante M and The Smudges App


I've been writing Coronation Street weekly updates since 1995 and this week's Coronation Street update has just gone live here.

This week in Corrie, could Tracy and Steve be getting back together again?


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Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Novel Writing Diary Week 3: Planning and Plotting


I've spent today planning and plotting all 20 chapters of my novel. This is what the floor of my writing study (aka our spare room) looked like this morning.  One piece of paper represents one chapter of the  book.

Eagle-eyed readers might have spotted only 19 sheets of paper above. Aha! That's because I've already had my first chapter accepted, and have been given the go-ahead to finish the book with the first 5 chapters due in a matter of weeks.

Eagle-eyed readers might also spot that chapter 18 looks a bit empty. It was... I've jzuzzed it up a bit since I took the photo.

Tomorrow I am ready to lose myself as I start again to write... and write... and write.

And just when I thought I'd done all of the research that I needed to do,  I met someone at the weekend, a vicar no less. He offered some wonderful stories of the time and the place I am writing about. An afternoon at the vicarage to hear more of his tales has been planned, Biscuits may be involved.

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Saturday, August 05, 2017

Corrie weekly update: Slack Alice, Chachi - and Romeo in Overalls


I've been writing Coronation Street weekly updates since 1995 and this week's Coronation Street update has just gone live here.

This week in Corrie, the back room at the Rovers proved its worth in gold.


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Saturday, July 29, 2017

My big fat novel-writing diary - week 2



It's the end of week two of my novel writing adventure and here I am with another blog post.

This week has been busy with research. I've immersed myself in a time and a place. I've been talking to people, to experts in their field, researchers, writers.  I've handled objects from decades ago; held original documents in my hands that have made me cry; pored over maps.

I've visited museums and walked the village in which my story is set, walking the streets as my lead character, seeing it all through her eyes.

Our spare room has now become my working and writing room, taken over by corkboards to which I've pinned pictures, maps and notes.

I am almost ready to write.

Many months ago, before writing a novel was part of my plan, I booked an afternoon of meditation to help calm my creative, busy mind. That afternoon is tomorrow, the day before I begin to shape my thoughts into words.

Perfect, perfect timing.

If you missed it, week 1 of the diary is here.

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Corrie weekly update - Babies, Beige and Teenage Girls


I've been writing Coronation Street weekly updates since 1995 and this week's Coronation Street update has just gone live here.

This week in Corrie, it's like Ena and Elsie all over again.


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Friday, July 28, 2017

Poem: The Photo Copier


"I like that," you said
Was it item X, Y or Z?
You soon wore the same  

"I like her," you said, of my favourite friend
Inserting a ream into the machine
You copied your history to her

Two-faces revealed 
Double-sided copying
Toner runs out
Friendship fades
You're a negative to me now


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Saturday, July 22, 2017

My big fat novel-writing diary - week 1


I'm writing my first proper novel.

And now here I am writing a blog post about writing a novel. There may be more blog posts on this subject. There may be none.  I'll see how it goes.

Week 1 has been research, research, research.

It has also been the week in which my email address I've used for almost 20 years finally gave up the ghost and died. Stressful? Oh, yes.

And it's been the week in which I discovered a novel set in the place I want to set mine has already been written. 'So what?' you may say. Well, the similarities were too great, including the lead character's name and the area where the story was set.  Uncanny, I know. But no idea is original. At least it shows I'm on the right lines with place, plot and what-not. However, my idea has an extra bit to it that I've not been able to find in any research, so I do believe it has a USP. We'll see.

This week has been spent locked away in a library sweating over old tomes. And what a joy that was - books! libraries! research centres! people!

I now need to delve further into the different area my novel will now be set. Fortunately it's an area that not only do I know well, I love with all my heart.

5 things I take away from week 1:

1. People are lovely, helpful, amazing. I've been overwhelmed by the help people have given me, from volunteers at Beamish museum through to local writers, historians and museum staff and curators.

2. Losing my email address after almost 20 years is something I never want to go through again. Tears were shed.

3. Be flexible. When advised to change what I thought was my own idea, and finding out it wasn't, I listened and took advice from a professional. They know what they're doing, I don't.

4. Be focused. I'm going to have to leave social media alone, as well as the biscuit jar and indeed the world for the next few months while I focus every ounce of attention and energy on writing my book.

5. Be organised. Notes are swamping me. Research is addictive and fascinating and all I want to do right now is find out more and more and more, and well, that leads me back to number 4 above. Focus. Organise. Make a plan and a list then think, and dream and prepare to write soon.

Next week is another week of research before writing begins in August.

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Corrie Weekly Update - End of an Era at The Rovers Return

I've been writing Coronation Street weekly updates since 1995 and this week's Coronation Street update has just gone live here.


This week in Corrie, The Rovers Return said goodbye to the legend that is Liz.

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Friday, July 21, 2017

My new email address


After almost 20 years using one email address, I'm having to change it over.

It's a painful process but I have no choice.

My new email address is glenda (dot) sunderland (at) gmail (dot) com

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Short Story: Whatever the Weather


I've a short story in this week's The People's Friend magazine, in the shops today. The story is called Whatever The Weather and it's about a weather girl called Diane whose new fella is hot for her but she's giving him the cold shoulder. Also in the mag is another gripping instalment of my weekly soap Riverside which is an absolute joy to write.

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Sunday, July 09, 2017

Corrie Weekly Update - In it to Win it

I've been writing Coronation Street weekly updates since 1995 and this week's Coronation Street update has just gone live here.


This week in Corrie, there's a cut price Bodie and Doyle on the loose.

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Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Short Story: The Cup that Cheers


I've a short story in today's The People's Friend magazine. It's set in my favourite seaside village in Southern Spain and it's about a woman who goes out to live there but misses a few things from home...

It's in the shops today.

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Corrie Weekly Update - Problem with a wobbly knob

I've been writing Coronation Street weekly updates since 1995 and this week's Coronation Street update has just gone live here.


This week in Corrie, Brian and Cathy were undone by a wobbly knob.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

An overnight success - after 52 years #amwriting


I hate banging on and blowing my own trumpet. It's something that doesn't come naturally or easily to me. But I have to do it this time, I want to.

Today, Wednesday June 21 2017 was the UK's first National Writing Day and I have news to share. It's news that's been under embargo and I've been busting to share for weeks.

Tonight I'm in Nottingham at the beautiful Bromley House Library to read a story and collect an award. I've come 2nd place in the Writing East Midlands Aurora Writing Prize.

They received over 400 entries to this competition, so I feel honoured and bursting with pride at winning this amazing prize. The judges were acclaimed authors Penelope Shuttle and Jacob Ross.

My story - All the Young Dudes is a dark schoolgirl tale from the 1970s. I wrote it after my musical hero David Bowie died last year. All of the empty emotion I felt at that time poured into my work. All of the winning stories will be going live on the Writing East Midlands website in an e-anthology soon.

And secondly, I've also won the True Stories writing competition organised by The Word at South Shields.

Telly writer and competition judge Michael Chaplin
All 11 shortlisted short stories were read tonight in a special evening hosted by competition judge, Michael Chaplin, the TV writer. I couldn't be there as I was in Nottingham at the prize-giving, as outlined above.

I am 52 years old and have been writing for as long as I can remember. Finally I've become an overnight success... and I couldn't be happier.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Father and Daughter


I've a poignant short story called Father and Daughter in this week's People's Friend magazine, which is out today in the shops.

The story is about a widower and his daughter who go on holiday with his late wife's parents. The holiday is a chance for the older couple to finally accept their son-in-law and grand-daughter need to move on with their lives.


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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Corrie Weekly Update - High Dudgeon and a Beautiful Finger


I've been writing Coronation Street weekly updates since 1995 and this week's Coronation Street update has just gone live here.

This week in Corrie, Bridezilla Bradley lost her thunder to Eva's beautiful finger.

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Saturday, June 03, 2017

Corrie Weekly Update: A Golden Week of Opportunity

I've been writing Coronation Street weekly updates since 1995 and this week's Coronation Street update has just gone live here.


This week in Corrie, Nick proved just how wet he really was.

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