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Monday, September 24, 2018

Pre-publication praise for Belle of the Back Street



My publisher, Headline, has received some amazing words on my debut novel Belle of the Back Streets which I'm now allowed to share. 

I have to admit, I shed a little tear when I saw the quotes from the authors.

The two quotes here are from best-selling, award-winning authors Margaret Kaine and Jenny Holmes.





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Saturday, September 08, 2018

Corrie weekly update – Jim returns, so he does

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 Jim McDonald returns, so he does.


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Friday, September 07, 2018

Talking books and pit ponies at The Word, November 7th

Me with one of the Ryhope pony statues.
This one is the farm pony, being at the entrance to Ryhope village.
At the other end of Ryhope is a statue of the pit pony and I really must go and take that photo soon.

A date for your diary, if you'd like to come.

I'm going to be giving a talk at The Word in South Shields on Wednesday November 7th at 2pm.
Tickets are free but you do need to book in advance at https://theworduk.org/whats-on/an-audience-with-glenda-young/

I'll be talking about my debut novel Belle of the Back Streets which is released in hardback, audio and ebook on November 1st.

I'll also be talking about writing short stories for women's magazines and about the books I have written as TV tie-in books for ITV about Coronation Street.

Please come! I'm new to all of this, scared to bits and would really love to see a friendly face.


Find out more about me and my books at: Glenda Young Books

I'm on Twitter @flaming_nora and Instagram @flaming_nora

Thursday, September 06, 2018

Behind The Scenes at a TV Soap


I've a short story in Take a Break's Fiction Feast this month and it's made the front cover too, I've tagged it with an arrow so you know which one was mine. 

My story is called Darkwood Drive and it's about what goes on behind-the-scenes in a TV soap of the same name.

It's a fun story, with a murderous twist in the tale - and I do hope you enjoy reading it.



Find out more about me and my books at: Glenda Young Books

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Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Comedy story and 100th episode of my weekly soap


I've a short story in this week's The People's Friend magazine. It's called Do You Wanna Dance? and it's a comedy story about a woman who does want to dance, but just can't seem to find the right partner. Is everyone out of step with her?



Also this week inside the magazine, it's the 100th episode of my weekly soap opera Riverside.


Find out more about me and my books at: Glenda Young Books

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Saturday, September 01, 2018

Corrie weekly update - Fake Santa, Gun shot and the Milk Tray Man

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 men in pink polo shirts turned nasty.

Find out more about me and my books at: Glenda Young Books

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Saturday, August 25, 2018

Corrie weekly update - Rovers Returned


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 was returned.



Find out more about me and my books at: Glenda Young Books

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Red feather. Proof copies. My week in writing so far #amwriting


An exciting week so far.

Today I started work on chapter two of my third (and as yet untitled) novel.  Well, I say it's untitled but I have a title in my head, a working title, that enscapsulates what the book is about to me. And yes, it involves the red feather. The title of the book may well be changed as the months go on and the story takes a life of its own.


Also this week, the proof copies of my debut novel Belle of the Back Streets arrived. Apologies for the blurred image, above. I promise that I'm better at writing than I am at taking photos!

And I've been given a nod in The Northern Echo as they report on the ten shortlisted winners of the Ryedale Book Festival short story competition. You can read it all here.


Find out more about me and my books at: Glenda Young Books

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Beautiful Bookmarks


My new bookmarks have just arrived and I'm buzzing with excitement. Honestly, I can't sit still and believe me I've tried.  With thanks to my friend, the wonderful illustrator @PickledJo on twitter, who helped put the bookmarks together as design is something I'm rather rubbish at.

The bookmarks have the images of the first two of my three novels on the front. You can find out more at my website glendayoungbooks.com

If anyone would like one of the bookmarks, send me a message to glenda.sunderland@gmail.com and I'll pop one in the post to you.



Find out more about me and my books at: Glenda Young Books

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Proggy Mat Making at Beamish


Yesterday represented both the beginning and the end of something in my life.  It was the beginning of a new learning experience as I spent the day at Beamish Museum on a proggy mat workshop. And if you're wondering what a proggy mat is, it's also known as a clippy mat or a rag rug.

The BBC puts it like this: Proggy mats were a common sight in working-class homes in the North East of England until the mid-20th Century. Made from old sacks and recycled fabric they were an economical option to keep feet warm and toasty in an era before fitted carpets were the norm.

I remember my grandma had proggy mats in her house and I also remember her making them, but I was never interested back then in learning how to make my own.

Anyway, yesterday was also the end of something for me. It was the final day of research for my third novel. The exciting and rather scary task of making a start on chapter one begins this week.  I'm going to have one of my characters in my novel make proggy mats and while I could have read about how to make them or even watched on YouTube, I wanted to discover for myself what the process felt like, smelt like, sounded like. And so I booked myself on to a workshop at Beamish Museum, a place I love to visit.

There were six of us on the proggy mat workshop and we were whisked from Beamish entrance onto our very own VIP vintage bus. It was magical.  The workshop took place in the board room above the bank in the Georgian town.  Introductions were made, coffee was poured, biscuits shared and then we were seated at our desks and given a wooden frame and some hessian. I gulped. I'm not a naturally arty or crafty person and I began to wonder if I had what it took to make a decent job of my own proggy mat.


We measured out a rectangle of 20 x 12 inches onto the hessian, following the weave. Then we drew out a 1 inch border.


The next step was to pin the hessian to the wooden frame with heavy duty drawing pins given an extra bash in with a hammer.  Outside the board room the sounds of Beamish museum coming to life with families drifted in through the windows of the bank board room we were working in. It really added to a very special event.


With the hessian stretched tight on our fame we were given a pile of pre-cut strips of black felt for our borders. With our progger tools - and I used my grandma's old one -  we pushed a hole into the hessian. Into the hole we threaded one end of the black felt piece. Another hole was created and the other end of the black felt was pushed into that. A second piece of black felt was added, the first end of it going into the last hole created from the first piece of felt. And with that, we were off!


Here's the border of my mat starting to take place.  This is the back of it, of course. The strips of felt on the other side of this creates the front of the mat.


Then it was time for lunch!  Our picnic bags were brought into the workshop with sandwiches, fruit, crisps and water in them. More coffee was drunk, more biscuits shared. We were told we could take as long a break as we wanted to and wander around the outdoors museum but none of us did, we were all too excited to get back to our proggy mats.


Here's my completed frame.


And then I started adding the colours. I decided on a random pattern, which is traditional, while some members of the group decided to tackle circles, hearts and even a Christmas tree.


We were given sheets of felt and the tools to cut our coloured felt into strips to use in our proggy mat. The afternoon melted away as we were all in the proggy mat zone, concentrating on what we were doing, really lost in the moment of creating something unique.  Again, the sounds of Beamish museum filtered into the bank board room where our workshop took place. And what joy - it was a brass band playing in the field, we could hear every note as we sat and worked away.

All too soon the day long workshop was over and it was time to leave. We were given our proggy mats on frames to take home to finish and had instruction on how to finish them off after we removed them from the frame at home.



And here it is, my completed proggy mat.  I've got sore hands now after two days of proggy mat making. It wasn't as easy as I thought but repetitive work that has swollen my fingers and given me a blister too.  But it's all been well worth it.

I've learned a great deal about the mat making process and while proggying the mat, I thought of my character in my novel who will make the mats too. I know how she might have felt now and that can only help enrich my work when I start writing this week.


Find out more about me and my books at: Glenda Young Books

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Thursday, August 09, 2018

Two short stories in this week's People's Friend magazine


I've two short stories in this week's The People's Friend magazine.

The first one has made it to the cover of the magazine too, which makes me very happy indeed and mighty proud too.  It's a comedy story called Stood Up!


And the second story is called The Photo Booth. It made me cry when I wrote it and I've just read it again in the magazine and I'm crying all over again.


Also in the magazine is another fun edition of my weekly soap opera, Riverside.



Find out more about me and my books at: Glenda Young Books

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Saturday, August 04, 2018

Corrie Weekly Update - A Not-Pot and an Uber-Duber

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 Uber-Duber made its mark.



Find out more about me and my books at: Glenda Young Books

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Monday, July 30, 2018

Plotting and Planning for Novel No. 3


Today I spent the afternoon in the University library, of which I'm an alumni member. There are no students about, I had the top floor to myself. It was quiet and peaceful, just perfect for the task in hand.

From the two page synopsis I wrote to outline my third novel, I took the plot points and expanded each one. Then I scribbled onto post-its and finally, started sticking them down onto 16 pieces of A4. 16 pages for 16 chapters, which is where I like to head. At approx. 6,000 words per chapter that takes me, more or less, to the 100,000 words which I'll turn in before the deadline of February next year.

The next step is writing up the chapter plans, loosely embroidering some stitches around the framework I've created, but always knowing that things will - and should - change, as I go.

After chapter plans comes the writing, right? Wrong. First comes more thinking, more day-dreaming. What colour is my heroine's hair? What's her dog called... or should she have a dog? I need to see my characters clearly before I start writing and I'm not there, not yet. But I will be. Once the thinking and the dreaming and the characters settle deep in my mind, I know I'll be ready to write. But it won't be for a week or two yet. There's more thinking to do, as important for a writer as any other distraction  - well, that's my theory and I'm sticking to it.

I've done all my research now apart from a day's workshop at Beamish museum where I'm going to make my first clippy mat. And after that, the writing begins. I'll disappear into the study each day through the autumn as the weather turns cold. I'll write around Christmas, lost in my work. I'll surface in January and at the end of that month will have my first draft. It'll be rough and need smoothing but I'll have it in my hands.

I'm going on another adventure.

Wish me luck.


Find out more about me and my books at: Glenda Young Books

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Saturday, July 28, 2018

Corrie Weekly Update - The return of Claud and Aud

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 fabulous Claudia returned.


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Friday, July 27, 2018

My short story published by Blackthorn Press #amwriting



Very proud to say I've been shortlisted in the Ryedale Book Festival short story competition. I'm one of the final ten whose short stories have now been published by Blackthorn Press in an anthology called 10 Short Stories.

You can find out more about the Ryedale Book Festival here

The award-giving night will be held in September at the Talbot Hotel in Malton, which is just a stone's throw away from one of my favourite places, Scarborough.

A weekend has been booked and I'm looking forward to it already.


Find out more about me and my books at: Glenda Young Books

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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Writing... whatever the weather


I love the summer and warm weather. People are nice to each other, friendly. They wear their summer clothes and they eat ice-creams and let's face it, who isn't happy with a 99 in their hand?

But the heat is no good for writers. Or at least, it's no good for me.

I'm indoors, editing my second novel. It's so hot my fingers stick to the keyboard. I'm concentrating on my work hard, for long periods of time, that I don't notice I'm dehydrated and when I stand up, I wobble. I wander downstairs for iced water, and the house feels swampy inside. I open more windows, but the breeze hides outside, somewhere. Indoors there's no air-conditioning, this is northern England after all.

In the study where I write, I have a door to my side which opens to a balcony. But the door remains closed. When I open it my paperwork flies, that pesky breeze that I couldn't find before is right there, swirling notes and photocopies around. I close the door. I open all of the upstairs windows. If the breeze is there, why won't it come in now?

I uncross my sticky legs. I blow on my hands to cool them down. I concentrate, I work. I melt. I head back to my editing, learning with every page of my editor's notes, making my novel stronger, tighter, better.

It's hot, it's sticky, but it's not this writer's weather.

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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Corrie Weekly Update - Don't spit in the hotpot

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 was a lot of good stuff, actually. 

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Soaps and Sagas - an interview with the Romantic Novelists' Association


I'm very proud to say that I've been interviewed by the Romantic Novelists' Association.

I feature on their blog this week where I talk about soaps and saga and my passion for writing.

If you'd like to read it, it's here.

And if you'd like to know more about the covers of my first two (of three) novels coming soon with Headline, you can find out more here.


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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Belle of the Back Streets - cover reveal


VERY proud to be able to share the cover of my debut novel "Belle of the Back Streets" - it's out in hardback in November this year with Headline. 

It's set in the northeast coal mining village of Ryhope in 1919.

All details at https://www.headline.co.uk/books/detail.page?isbn=9781472256560 

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Secrets and Lies in The People's Friend Fiction Special


I've a short story in The People's Friend Fiction Special No. 160 which is out in the shops now.

It's a very short, one page story called Missing! And it's about, well, a couple who go missing. Their daughters are frantic with worry - but where have the couple gone and why are they being secretive?  You'll have to find out by reading it all but be warned, it's not what it seems.



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Writing something saucy for My Weekly magazine


I've a short story in My Weekly's burlesque special pull-out called For Your Eyes Only.

My story is called The Spice of Life.  It was a real pleasure writing something saucy.

Here is the cover of the Special and it's in the shops now.



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Saturday, July 07, 2018

Corrie Weekly Update - Hospital Weatherfield Ward

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 was too much doom and gloom. Again. Bring on the new producer, bring on the new owners of the Rovers - and let's make this the best show on telly again.

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London bombings - 13 years on

I originally wrote this blog post on the 4th anniversary of the 2005 London bombings when I worked in London.  It's worth reposting. 


On my way to work this morning, I walked through Russell Square Park just like I’ve done for almost every working day of the seven years I’ve lived in London. But this morning I took a different route through the park to stand by the oak tree planted as a memorial to those who lost their lives in the London bombings, four years ago to the day.

I know how lucky I was that day. I know. I was one of thousands of Piccadilly line commuters who, if we’d left the house a couple of minutes earlier / later / hadn't stopped to buy a paper, could have been on the tube train which exploded between King's Cross and Russell Square tube stations.

When I did eventually reach central London that morning, I then walked to work past Tavistock Square where the bomb on the bus exploded later that morning. I heard it from my office.

The memorial oak tree in Russell Square park flourishes and grows and at 8.30am today there were already flowers laid at its base in memory. I stood in silence and thought about those who died, their families, before picking up my bag and walking on with a lump in my throat.

I have some horrible memories of the morning of July 7, 2005 which I won't write about here. However, my abiding memory comes from the day when the Piccadilly line reopened after many weeks of being closed after the attack. Only a handful of commuters went to work by tube on that first day. I forced myself to be one of them, despite how hard it was.

I was one of only three people in the tube carriage all the way from north London to King's Cross. At King's Cross, my husband got off to go to work. He kissed me on the cheek and asked if I'd be ok. I said I would be. I had to be. The two remaining passengers in the carriage left King's Cross on the tube, we didn't look at each other. I got off at Russell Square station which was newly painted, scrubbed sterile, and took the lift up to the ticket hall. With me in the lift were only half a dozen or so commuters. Two were in tears, another was being comforted by a Transport for London worker and it was obvious from their tearful conversation that the passenger was the parent of a young person who had died in the blast.

We all rode the six storeys together in the lift, some of us holding back sobs, some openly weeping. The lift doors opened, we turned the corner to head through to the ticket hall only to be met by a barrage of television cameras and a large, booming member of the Metropolitan police urging us: “Come on, ladies and gentlemen, big smiles for the cameras! Big smiles, you’re on TV! Come on, ladies and gents, let’s see those smiles!”

None of us smiled. 

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Saturday, June 30, 2018

Corrie Weekly Update - Hair Like a Waterfall of Gravy

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 included a wonderful line from writer David Isaac. Emma to Seb: "You've got lovely hair, it's a like a waterfall of gravy."

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Short Story on the Shortlist - Dorset Fiction Award


I'm over the moon to announce that I've got a short story on the shortlist for the Dorset Fiction Award 2018.

I can't say which one is mine, as they were all judged anonymously, but I really am chuffed!

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