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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Corrie weekly update: Smashed glass and broken hearts

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



This week the aftermath of Aidan's suicide has been heartbreaking to watch

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Woman, Stanley. Woman. #Corrie #AmWriting


Here I am at the launch of the Hetton Hub, a community library in the north-east. I was invited to attend along with two other north-east writers - crime writer Sheila Quigley and Sunderland writer Alan Parkinson.

And here we all are, picture credit: Kevin Hosking photography.


It was my first time attending anything like this and I really enjoyed it despite my nerves!


I chatted to people about my Corrie books and about my novel Belle of the Back Streets too.

As my novel is set in a north-east pit village, there was a lot of interest in it, which was great. I gave out some of my zines and my bookmarks and had a really good time.

Thank you to Springboard North East for asking me along to the launch of this amazing place.

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Title of my second novel revealed #amwriting


I'm almost finished writing the first draft of my second novel. As with my first  novel - Belle of the Back Streets - the novel is set in the north-east coal mining village of Ryhope and centres around a community just after the end of the first world war.

Belle of the Back Streets is published in November this year.

And now the title of my second novel has been revealed.

It's exciting news indeed. 

You can find out what it's going to be called by looking at the publisher's website here.

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

From Ryhope to Coronation Street and back again


If you'd like one my little zines that tell the story of my writing life in a tiny little booklet, let me know and I'll email one to you to print with instructions on how to fold it.

No origami skills needed.

Or send me your address by email and I'll pop one in the post to you with a free bookmark too.

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Corrie weekly update: Death, devastation and David

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


This week Aidan Connor's suicide storyline in Coronation Street brought a heavy responsibility to my door that has made me question my future as a Corrie fan online.

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

The book of my life (aka my very first zine)


I've had a lot of fun today making my very first zine.  Having been asked to attend a few events over the next weeks and months, I wanted to create something personal that I could give away. And so I had some bookmarks made which gives details of my debut novel on one side of the bookmark and on the other is a listing of all of my Coronation Street books.

And today I've been making a zine.  It's a book of my life as a writer - from writing Corrie weekly updates for th'internet, all the way through to writing official Corrie books for ITV and Corrie fan books for other publishers as well as self-publishing too.  Then it chronicles my life as a creative writer, making up my own stories, my forays into writing for women's magazines and more literary stories for competitions. 

It opens up to a sheet of A4 which you can read just like a book in your hand.  Here's one side of it:


And here's the other:


And the zine ends, as all good books should, with a happy ending and the news of my three book deal with Headline.

I'm still working on the zine, it's by no means perfect but I rather think that's the point with zines. I'm really happy with the way it looks, a tiny handmade book of my life that I can hand out at events. Chuffed. A day well spent playing on the computer.

And here's the events listings here.

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Monday, May 07, 2018

Writer of the Week in The People's Friend magazine


This week I've been chosen as The People's Friend Writer of the Week and they've interviewed me here.

I chat about writing the magazine's first ever, weekly soap opera Riverside and give a tiny piece of advice to aspiring writers. 

I hope you enjoy reading it.

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Tales from the Dark Side


I recently had a short story published in an anthology of crime stories. The anthology is called Noirville and it's published by Fahrenheit Press. My story was one chosen out of many who entered the Noirville competition and to say I'm pleased to be included, well, I really can't put into words to be honest just what this means to me.  You can read more on that here.

And I've just found out that my story - The Canary Islands Crime Boss - has been reviewed by an international crime writer Robert Lopresti.  Crikey!

You can read Robert's little review here.

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Sunday, May 06, 2018

Acceptable in the 80s


I used to knit, a lot, back in the day.

I knitted Aran jumpers, striped jumpers, patterned jumpers. I knitted with three needles, round needles.

Today I've put two of the jumpers I crated up for sale on eBay. I haven't worn them in years, and they've still got.. well.. some sort of appeal. I hope.




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An ode to the weekly soap


A lovely surprise this weekend to see my weekly soap Riverside mentioned in a reader's poem in a recent edition of The People's Friend magazine.

Really chuffed.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Proofs of my new book have arrived


Well, that's my plan to do the ironing gone for a burton today.  I shall be spending the rest of the day reading instead! 

The proofs of my debut novel - Belle of the Back Streets - have just arrived in the post. So if you can hear a high-pitched squealing noise coming from somewhere, it's me. I've gone a bit giddy kipper.

Find out more about Belle of the Back Streets.

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Cranking up out of the comfort zone


Last night was a night of firsts. It was the the first time that I'd heard words that I'd written read out on stage by actors. Proper actors too, mind.

It was Cranked Anvil's rehearsed reading night, one of their regular events, held upstairs in The Peacock pub, Sunderland. And that was another first for me, as I'd not been in The Peacock before. The last time I was in there was when it was still called The Londonderry and I was only 17.

But I digress.

Paul and Nessa, who run Cranked Anvil put out a call for short plays to be performed last night. I knew I had something in the deep dark recesses of my computer I could send to them. But did I dare? Well, I'm pleased I did. Paul said he liked it and wanted to put it on.

It was a short comedy sketch, just a few minutes long, about a strange lady at an even stranger interview.  It made me laugh when I wrote it, but would it make the audience laugh too? The answer was yes, and then I was called up to the stage for a quick Q&A session with the audience - well out of my comfort zone - but I'm learning that's not such a bad place to be these days.

One cast member came up to me afterwards and said my comedy sketch was their favourite of the night. And then an audience member came up to me for a chat about writing short stories. It was a great night, not just for hearing my own words spoken out loud, but for hearing other writers' plays and seeing them acted out. I'll definitely be back at a Cranked Anvil night, whether as a playwright or in the audience. It really was a very special night.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Shortlisted in Ryedale Book Festival Award



Very proud to announce that I'm one of ten who have been shortlisted in the short story competition run by the Ryedale Book Festival.  The awards ceremony will take place in September in Malton, who coincidentally is just a short train ride away from my favourite seaside town that rhymes with Barbara. 

I'm particularly proud of the story that has been shortlisted here as it's one I wrote when Trump was elected President. The story condenses a lot of fear into just 1,000 words. It's a story about division and hatred and it doesn't end well. Neither does my short story. 

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Longlisted in The Sunderland Short Story Award


Last night I was feeling down in the dumps. Don't know why ... I haven't felt that like in a very long time. I suspect it had something to do with the seven mile walk I'd done that day after cycling twenty miles the day before. I was tired and out of sorts. I went to bed early, fell asleep immediately, woke up this morning feeling brighter - and then bam!

A smile appeared on my face like you've not seen before. Well, OK, maybe before.

I've been longlisted in the Sunderland Short Story Award. I can't say which story is mine, however, as it's all anonymised. But I'm on the list. Fingers crossed for the shortlist. But even if my story doesn't go higher than the longlist, I'm well chuffed to get this far.

My short story is one that was inspired by a visit to Killhope lead mining museum in County Durham. The visit was undertaken with the Roker Pier and Lighthouse heritage group I volunteer with. I was really taken by the atmosphere of the place, the history... and the tiny blue flowers that only grow on soil heavy with lead.

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

The Canary Islands Crime Boss


I'm absolutely overjoyed to have my winning short story published in Noirville, the very first anthology of crime stories by Fahrenheit Press.  The book is available in paperback from the publisher here.


My story is set on Lanzarote and is called The Canary Islands Crime Boss.  I'm especially chuffed with the sentence below from the book's editor.  Wow.



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Strangers


I've a short story called The Caller which has been included in an anthology of winning stories from the Olga Sinclair Short Story Competition 2017. 

If you'd like to read it, the book is available in either paperback or kindle format from Amazon.


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Thursday, April 05, 2018

Seaside Surprise


I've a short story called Easter Suprise in Take a Break's Fiction Feast magazine (May 2018) which is in the shops now.

It's a story of a family day out to the seaside which ends with a very special surprise.  I do hope you enjoy reading it.




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Wednesday, April 04, 2018

My Mention in @Mslexia #amwriting


I've been a subscriber to Mslexia magazine (the magazine for women who write) since its inception years ago. I even interviewed their editor Debbie Taylor as part of my journalism project at the end of my degree in 2001.

I devoured every word of the magazine, determined that one day I would become a writer. I kept on writing, kept on devouring the words, kept on learning, did more writing, did less writing, got nowhere fast, stopped writing all together (almost), cancelled my subscription to Mslexia.

And then in 2015 I started writing again. I started getting published - short stories in women's magazines, the commission of a weekly soap opera for The People's Friend magazine, an agent, a handful of publishers fighting for my debut work, a deal for three novels.

Three.

Novels.

I nip myself daily. Is this real?

It seems as if it must be, because it's in Mslexia magazine.

I've been given a mention on their website on their Readers' Success Stories page, all the way down at the end.


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Friday, March 30, 2018

Corrie weekly update - The Darkness and the Light

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


This week I was wishing it had been filmed in one of the scouted locations on my doorstep. Find out where, here!

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Friday Fun - BBC Radio Newcastle interview


I'm on the wireless!  Yup, I've been interviewed on BBC Radio Newcastle every day this week as their My Tunes guest, which has been a real treat.

I was there to talk about my life in writing - my upcoming three novels, writing short stories for women's magazines, writing the first ever soap opera in the history of The People's Friend magazine, writing short stories for (and winning) competitions and a talk I gave this week as part of Sunderland Creative Writing Festival.

And every day I got to pick a tune. Today I picked a song that fires me up for the weekend and I chose 'Roam' by the B52s.


You can listen to the interview if you'd like to. It starts at 49 minutes here.

If you'd like to listen to the first part of my interview this week, see below:

Day 1: Monday Motivation, Monday 26 March 2018.
 

Day 2: Tuesday Memory: Tuesday 27 March 2018.
Day 3: Wednesday Guilty Pleasure: Wednesday 28 March 2018.
Day 4: Thursday Dedication: Thursday 29 March 2018

Thank you very much indeed for BBC Radio Newcastle for having me this week, it's been wonderful. I LOVE doing radio!

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I'm on twitter @flaming_nora

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Thursday Dedication - BBC Radio Newcastle interview


I'm on the wireless!  Yup, I'm interviewed on BBC Radio Newcastle every day this week as their My Tunes guest, which is a real treat.

I'm there to talk about my life in writing - my upcoming three novels, writing short stories for women's magazines, writing the first ever soap opera in the history of The People's Friend magazine, writing short stories for (and winning) competitions and a talk I gave this week as part of Sunderland Creative Writing Festival.

And every day I get to pick a tune. Today I picked a Kirsty MacColl song that was dedicated to my husband.  


You can listen to the interview if you'd like to. It starts at 47 minutes here.

If you'd like to listen to the first part of my interview this week, see below:

Day 1: Monday Motivation, Monday 26 March 2018.
 

Day 2: Tuesday Memory: Tuesday 27 March 2018.
Day 3: Wednesday Guilty Pleasure: Wednesday 28 March 2018.

Find out more about me and my books. Click on the image below:

Glenda Young books

I'm on twitter @flaming_nora
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