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Friday, October 15, 2021

The Miner's Lass - Headline's top fiction releases for October 2021


Really chuffed to have my new saga, The Miner's Lass in the spotlight on this month's newsletter from publisher Headline. 

My book's been chosen as one of the top fiction releases for October.


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Glenda Young

Twitter: @Flaming_Nora

Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Website: GlendaYoungBooks.com

Front page news bringing history and heritage to life - my writing week


This week I've made a tentative start on researching my next saga set in the northeast coalmining village of Ryhope in 1919.  

I've drawn up a plan of research and will dedicate myself properly to it over the next few weeks before I write up the research, make chapter plans and then (gulp!) begin to write. It's a nerve-wracking time, but exciting too. I love researching my sagas, it's my most favourite part of the whole process. And because I enjoy it so much, I have to be careful not to lose myself in the research and spend too much time researching when I really should be writing.

Today, I bought a silver sixpence from 1919 while researching. It's not every day I buy a silver sixpence from the era to help with research. I could have looked at pictures to help, but needed to feel this particular coin in my hand. Someone's life depends on it. 
It's less than two weeks before the paperback release of my saga The Miner's Lass. I've stared a daily countdown to the event on October 28th, releasing pictures from my research to my social media on Facebook and Twitter each day. Come and join me if you like historical images that show the inspiration for author's works. Here's a picture of Ryhope co-operative store, which features heavily in the book.

Now then, my dad used to read the Sunderland Echo from cover to cover. It took him a couple of hours then he'd throw it on the floor and moan "There's nowt in it!" and we'd laugh at him... every single day. Well dad, this week there was front page news that you would have loved to read.  You can read the full article here.



And this is rather exciting. I can reveal that I've been writing a Christmas saga set in the 1920s in the northeast pit village of Ryhope where all my sagas are set. The book will be released in ebook and hardback in August next year, 2022.  The paperback will be out in time for Christmas 2022.  The book is called A Mother's Christmas Wish and you can pre-order it now!  It's here.


I was interviewed today on BBC Radio Tees about this upcoming Coronation Street storyline.  And I managed to get in a lovely little mention (thank you Radio Tees!) of my debut cosy crime set in Scarborough, starring 12 Elvis impersonators (Twelvis!) Murder at the Seaview Hotel. You can listen to me here at 3 hours and 39 minutes.
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I was interviewed by author Theresa Van Meter for her blog and you can read it here.


Received a wonderful surprise when I found out I was nominated in the VCAS 20/20 Open Arms Awards for 2021.  I'm in the category of Community Culture and Arts, which is wonderful.  However, I have no idea who nominated me for this award. Was it you, reading this? If so, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I can only imagine I've been nominated for this award because of the many donations of my books I've made during lockdown 2020 up to the present day.  The books have been donated in large numbers, to Ryhope Community Centre for distribution around the village with afternoon teas to those self-isolating.  I also regularly donate books to two local community libraries. During lockdown 2020 I also donated books to the local NHS and donated profits from sales of my books to national NHS. I also donate books to Saint Paul's church in Ryhope for their summer and Christmas Fayres and to their parish shop.  This nomination is a wonderful recognition of all of my time, effort and book donations, thank you so much.


And the draw to find the winner who will have a character named after them in my second cosy crime set in Scarborough, Curtain Call at the Seaview Hotel has been revealed. Here's the video where assistance dog Bella chose the winner.


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

Twitter: @Flaming_Nora

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Murder at the Seaview Hotel on BBC Radio Tees


I was interviewed today on BBC Radio Tees about this upcoming Coronation Street storyline.  And I managed to get in a lovely little mention (thank you Radio Tees!) of my debut cosy crime set in Scarborough, starring 12 Elvis impersonators (Twelvis!) Murder at the Seaview Hotel.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Nominated in the VCAS Open Arms Award 2021


Received a wonderful surprise yesterday to find out I was nominated in the VCAS 20/20 Open Arms Awards for 2021.  

I'm in the category of Community Culture and Arts, which is wonderful.  However, I have no idea who nominated me for this award. Was it you, reading this? If so, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

I can only imagine I've been nominated for this award because of the many donations of my books I've made during lockdown 2020 up to the present day. 

The books have been donated in large numbers, to Ryhope Community Centre for distribution around the village with afternoon teas to those self-isolating.  I also regularly donate books to two local community libraries, to Saint Paul's church for their Christmas fayre and to their parish shop too. During lockdown of 2020 I also donated books to my local NHS.

This nomination is a wonderful recognition of my donations, thank you so much.

Glenda Young

Twitter: @Flaming_Nora

Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Website: GlendaYoungBooks.com

Sunday, October 10, 2021

A Mother's Christmas Wish... the new saga coming in 2022


Well, this is rather exciting.

I can now reveal that I've been writing a Christmas saga set in the 1920s in the northeast pit village of Ryhope where all my sagas are set.

The book will be released in ebook and hardback in August next year, 2022. 

The paperback will be out in time for Christmas 2022. 

The book is called A Mother's Christmas Wish and you can pre-order it now!  It's here.

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Glenda Young

Twitter: @Flaming_Nora

Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Website: GlendaYoungBooks.com

The Miner's Lass - front page of The Sunderland Echo


Front cover of the local paper today, I couldn't be more proud and burst into tears buying it in Morrisons. 


Forget the BBC Radio 4 interview that I had to fight tooth and nail to get my working class voice heard on. This... this is what matters. 

My dad used to read the Sunderland Echo from cover to cover. It took him a couple of hours then he'd throw it on the floor and moan "There's nowt in it!" as we laughed at him. Well dad, today there's summat in it you would have loved to read.



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Glenda Young

Twitter: @Flaming_Nora

Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Website: GlendaYoungBooks.com

Friday, October 08, 2021

Libraries Week, Book Launch, Short Stories & Research - my writing week


This week is National Libraries Week and I've been concentrating on preparing and giving two online talks. Meanwhile at the back of my mind are all kinds of ideas and stories as I begin research for my eighth saga set in the northeast in 1919.  I know the story and what will happen, and I now need to begin research in earnest which will keep me busy for the next 4 to 6 weeks.


I'm delighted with this!  My debut cosy crime, Murder at the Seaview Hotel, is featured in this week's Bookseller magazine on my agent's hot list of books set to light up this year's Frankfurt Book Fair.


Murder at the Seaview Hotel was also included in New Writing North's Bookshelf for Autumn 2021. 


As part of National Libraries Week I gave two online talks by Zoom. The first was for Northumberland Libraries and the second was for The Word (National Centre for the Written Word) at South Shields.


I had a short story published in Best magazine


Meanwhile, the most amazing reviews continue to roll in for my debut cosy crime Murder at the Seaview Hotel. It's reviews like these, especially ones that mention a visit to Scarborough because of the book, that really warm my heart.

I also donated copies of the audiobook of Murder at the Seaview Hotel to two local community libraries - Fulwell Community Library and Back on the Map at Hendon library.


And... ta-dah!... the winner was drawn in my competition to win your name as a character in cosy crime number two - Curtain Call at the Seaview Hotel. The draw was  made by my friend Lynn's assistance dog as all donations are going to Dog A.I.D. (Assistance in Disability). The draw was filmed and you can see it online very soon when I announce the winner.


My new saga The Miner's Lass was featured in my local newspaper, The Sunderland Echo.  You can read it all 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

Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Thursday, October 07, 2021

The Miner's Lass in The Sunderland Echo


With thanks to The Sunderland Echo for featuring an article about my new gritty saga set in the northeast in 1919, The Miner's Lass.

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Glenda Young

Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Tuesday, October 05, 2021

Freda the Florist, short story in Best magazine



I've a fun short story called Freda the Florist, set in a florist shop. It's in this week's Best magazine. 

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Glenda Young


Twitter: @Flaming_Nora

Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Saturday, October 02, 2021

Murder at the Seaview Hotel on the Northern Bookshelf, Autumn 2021


Really happy to have my debut cosy crime, Murder at the Seaview Hotel, included in the autumn issue of the Northern Bookshelf. 

The Northern Bookshelf is brought to you by New Writing North and Durham Book Festival.

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Glenda Young


Twitter: @Flaming_Nora

Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Cosy Crime and Elvis at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2021


I'm delighted with this! 

This week's Bookseller magazine features my debut cosy crime, Murder at the Seaview Hotel, on my agents' hotlist for books to light up the Frankfurt Book Fair this year.

It's made my day.
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Glenda Young


Twitter: @Flaming_Nora

Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Friday, October 01, 2021

Editing, Blogs, Talks and Pauline's Picks - my writing week


This week I sent off the edited copy of my second cosy crime Curtain Call at the Seaview Hotel to the publisher. It's been a long and difficult process editing this book as some of the themes needed to be moved around and there was a great deal of work to do. However, I worked steadily on it, unpicking it and knitting it back together. At one point, I even printed off 16 pages and sat on the floor with them, cutting them up and moving them around. A real cut and paste job!  It was the only way I could think of sorting things out in my head. I used coloured pens to help me keep track of what was happening when, before working on the book on my PC. And now, the edited copy is with my editor at Headline. It may come back for even more editing and I'll keep working on it until it's as polished as it can possibly be.


Now then, South Cliff Gardens in Scarborough hold a very special place in my heart. Readers of my cosy crime books (and everyone who knows me) will know how special Scarborough is. It's my happy place, always has been and I hope always will. I was even married there too. In South Cliff Gardens there's a gorgeous rose garden which plays a pivotal scene in my debut cosy crime Murder at the Seaview Hotel.  In my second cosy crime, out next year, the Italian gardens in South Cliff Gardens plays another pivotal, wonderful role too. They are currently undergoing major renovation after heavy investment. I've teamed up with them to write a blog post which you can read on their website. It's here.


The paperback launch of my gritty, dramatic saga set in 1919 - The Miner's Lass - is featured in New Writing North's newsletter for October 2021. I'm giving an online book launch by zoom in conjunction with The Word at South Shields. It's free but booking is essential - sign up here and I'd love to see you.

I'm also giving more talks this autumn - check them all out here.


I'm really happy to report that my new, gritty saga set in 1919, out in paperback on October 28th, is one of Pauline's Picks this week at South Tyneside Libraries.  You can watch Pauline in the very short video here.
And you can join me with Pauline at the official book launch on October 7th. It's online, by zoom, all are welcome to attend. It's free but booking is essential, so don't miss out - book here.


Very proud to be giving two talks at this year's Sunderland Literature Festival.  The first is about my gritty 1919 saga, THE MINER'S LASS and the other my debut cosy crime starring 12 Elvis impersonators, MURDER AT THE SEAVIEW HOTEL. Please join me!  All details at the Sunderland Libraries Literature Festival booklet available to download here.


I'm giving an online talk for Northumberland Libraries next week about my new book THE MINER'S LASS, it's free, please come! All details here.   And it was given a lovely mention in the News Post Leader newspaper 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


Twitter: @Flaming_Nora

Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

The Miner's Lass is this week's Pauline's Pick at South Tyneside Libraries


I'm really happy to report that my new, gritty saga set in 1919, out in paperback on October 28th, is one of Pauline's Picks this week at South Tyneside Libraries.

You can watch Pauline in the very short video here.

And you can join me with Pauline at the official book launch on October 7th. It's online, by zoom, all are welcome to attend. It's free but booking is essential, so don't miss out - book here.

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Glenda Young


Twitter: @Flaming_Nora

Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Join me for two talks at Sunderland Libraries Literature Festival 2021


Very proud to be giving two talks at this year's Sunderland Literature Festival. 

The first is about my gritty 1919 saga, THE MINER'S LASS and the other my debut cosy crime starring 12 Elvis impersonators, MURDER AT THE SEAVIEW HOTEL.

Please join me! 



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Glenda Young


Twitter: @Flaming_Nora

Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor
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