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Saturday, February 27, 2021

The Paper Mill Girl in New Writing North's newsletter


It's almost release date for my novel The Paper Mill Girl.  It comes out in paperback at Amazon and Waterstones online on March 11 and everywhere else, including Asda, Morrisons and Tesco on March 18.  

I'm having an online book launch via Zoom hosted by The Word in South Shields, please come - all details here!

The book was given a mention in New Writing North's February 2021 newsletter. I'm on page 4, under the People and publishers tab here.
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Glenda Young
Author of historical novels with Headline
Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Coronation Street Weekly Update, Feb 27 2021


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

And if you'd like to support the Coronation Street weekly updates to keep them going (please), you can donate here
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Glenda Young
Author of historical novels with Headline
Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Win 5 copies of The Paper Mill Girl with The Sunderland Echo


It's almost release date for my novel The Paper Mill Girl.  It comes out in paperback at Amazon and Waterstones online on March 11 and everywhere else, including Asda, Morrisons and Tesco on March 18.  

I'm having an online book launch via Zoom hosted by The Word in South Shields, please come - all details here!

My local newspaper The Sunderland Echo are running a competition to win one of five copies of the novel. 


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Glenda Young
Author of historical novels with Headline
Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor


Friday, February 26, 2021

Submission, Domination - my writing week


It's been quite the week. 


I s
ubmitted my current novel to my publisher Headline and bought a bottle of prosecco from ALDI to celebrate tonight. It's a wonderful book, a saga set in 1924 in the northeast coalmining village of Ryhope where I was born and bred. It stars my most wayward heroine of all, to date, and she's wonderful.


Also this week, as one novel winged its way from me to my publisher, another arrived in the post. My copies of The Paper Mill Girl arrived and to hold the book, finally, in my hands, was a dream come true.

The Paper Mill Girl was given a lovely preview in MyNews magazine. Read more on that here.


As one book goes off to my publisher Headline, and another comes in, I'm juggling a third book too. My debut cosy crime Murder at the Seaview Hotel is out in hardback, ebook and audiobook in August and in paperback in November. This week I received the copy edits on the book which I'll work through next week. It's pretty much the final bit of editing I need to do on the book, and so very exciting indeed.


In other news this week, I was busy with my make up brush!  I was invited to a zoom chat with Sunderland University staff about my writing life, which was quite wonderful and I really enjoyed it.


I also recorded two short videos, one for a local library and one for the History of Consett Steelworks. These are online talks which will be going live during March and I'll keep you updated as to where, when and how you can watch them.

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.


And finally, I wrote another Coronation Street weekly update and sent it to my emailing list of thousands of Corrie fans around the world. I've been running this list since 1995 and if you'd like to sign up to receive these weekly updates, all details are here.


See you next week.


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Glenda Young
Author of historical novels with Headline
Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

New historical novel features special mention of Frogmore Paper Mill in Apsley


My new novel The Paper Mill Girl is released in paperback on March 11th at Waterstones online and Amazon, for Mother's Day. 

And then the official launch date for all other outlets including supermarkets, is March 18th.

The book receives a wonderful mention here in MyNews magazine, about my time researching paper mills at Frogmore Mill in Apsley, the first mechanised paper mill in the world. 

You can read all about my time at Frogmore Mill and see pictures here.

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Coronation Street Weekly Update, Feb 20 2021


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

And if you'd like to support the Coronation Street weekly updates to keep them going (please), you can donate here
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Glenda Young
Author of historical novels with Headline
Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Friday, February 19, 2021

The KLF, tough women, book clubs & short stories - my writing week


This week I've been concentrating on editing the second draft of my current novel. It's hard going and I've been fully immersed. Once the second draft is done, I'll print it out again, read it through once more and polish it up before it goes off to the publisher. 

Writing isn't easy, it really takes it out of me mentally, and physically too. Sitting at my PC for hours on end when I lose myself in concentration makes my back ache. I've been doing stretching exercises after each writing session, moving to music that uplifts and inspires me. It's proved quite the tonic, and I had this favourite song on repeat last week.


Elsewhere this week, I was very proud to be invited by History of Consett Steelworks to contribute to their schedule of online talks for International Women's Day on Monday March 8th. More on that here.


I sold a short story to Take a Break's Fiction Feast magazine. And if you're wondering where on earth I get the time to write short stories as well as my novels... I don't! This story was one I wrote in the first lockdown last year when I had a couple of weeks of free time, but have only just got around to submitting.  I'll let you know when it's printed, it's a fun story with a touch of romance.


I was interviewed by Chat magazine and I'll keep you updated as publication draws near. The magazine got in touch with me to interview me after they saw this feature about my love for TV soap opera Coronation Street last year in the Mirror.


Also this week, the wonderful ladies of Roker Life book group invited me to join them by zoom to discuss my novel The Girl with the Scarlet Ribbon which was chosen as their first book to read. We all wore our scarlet ribbons too! I'm the one at the top in the red top, wearing my reading glasses. (Photograph shared with permission).   The book club really enjoyed the novel and will be reading another of my novels, Pearl of Pit Lane next. What an honour!  

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.


And finally, I wrote another Coronation Street weekly update and sent it to my emailing list of thousands of Corrie fans around the world. I've been running this list since 1995 and if you'd like to sign up to receive these weekly updates, all details are here.


See you next week.
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Glenda Young
Author of historical novels with Headline
Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor


The Girls with the Scarlet Ribbons



The ladies of Roker Life book group invited me to join them by zoom to discuss my novel The Girl with the Scarlet Ribbon which was chosen as their first book to read. We all wore our scarlet ribbons too! (Photograph shared with permission). 

The book club really enjoyed the novel and will be reading another of my novels, Pearl of Pit Lane next. What an honour!  

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Glenda Young
Author of historical novels with Headline
Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor


Wednesday, February 17, 2021

A Woman’s Place: a celebration for International Women’s Day 2021


VERY proud to be speaking at this online event to mark international Women's Day!

The History of Consett Steelworks is proud to present a programme of talks highlighting the impact and input of women in the workforce, with particular relevance to the social and economic history of the north east. There will also be a dedicated page of film links and images to celebrate the day on the History of Consett Steelworks website.


My talk will be "Tough Women in Tough Times: writing about the north east’s women at the end of WW1"

All are welcome, hope to see you there!
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Glenda Young
Author of historical novels with Headline
Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Why I'm taking a month off in March

 I'm exhausted, done in, mentally beaten up and worn down. 

I've loved every minute of writing my novels over the last few years - every single minute. 

I'm about to turn in my current novel to my publisher at the end of this month, well ahead of schedule, due to having more time than usual on my hands due to lockdown. 

My next novel - my second cosy crime - isn't due with them until the end of this year. And so this gives me space to breathe, to think, and I've decided to take the whole of the month of March off. 

Or, more correctly, I should say I'm taking the whole of the month of March "off."

For I'll still be working, you see. 

There's the paperback launch of my novel The Paper Mill Girl taking place in March. 

There's an online launch at the Word, the national centre for the written word. Want to come? It's free and all details are here

There's lots of publicity arranged too and a wonderful competition in conjunction with something very special.

But as for writing novels and stories, I'll be taking a back seat, putting my keyboard away and indulging in something I miss. 

I've got a reading pile of other people's books to get my nose stuck into. I'm going to lie on the sofa, feet up, cup of tea by my side. I'm going to meditate and do yoga, I'm going to cycle and walk, I'm going to ... do nothing at all. I'm going to let my mind slow down and clear, allow it to rest and unwind. 

And by April I'll be raring to go again researching my second cosy crime novel Set for Murder at the Seaview Hotel.

Until then, my friends, it'll be adieu for a bit.

Coronation Street Weekly Update, Feb 13 2021


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

And if you'd like to support the Coronation Street weekly updates to keep them going (please), you can donate here
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Glenda Young
Author of historical novels with Headline
Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Friday, February 12, 2021

Final first draft, community spirit & strong lasses in large print - my writing week


The big news this week is that I finished writing the first draft of saga number 7 set in Ryhope in 1924. There's still a long way to go before I can send to the publisher but what a feeling of accomplishment and relief. Plus it made me cry as I wrote it, which is always a good sign. I can't give anything away about this book yet, but it's very special indeed.


This week I received three free copies of my novel Pearl of Pit Lane and The Girl with the Scarlet Ribbon from Ulverscroft Ltd who publishes my novels in large print. I'll be donating my copies to two local community libraries in Sunderland - Fulwell Community Library and Back on the Map library at Hendon.




Last week I donated book 40 copies of my novel The Girl with the Scarlet Ribbon to Ryhope Community Centre. This week the books were delivered around Ryhope to elderly and those self-isolating, along with afternoon teas by the amazing people at Ryhope Community Centre. All details here.


I've been planning the media campaign with Hype That PR for the launch of my novel The Paper MIll Girl. If any media friends are reading this who might like the press release and review copy of my gritty saga set in 1919, let me know. She's out in all her attitude and glory in paperback on Thursday March 18. (Amazon and Waterstones online March 11 in time for Mothers Day)


I sold a short story to The People's Friend magazine, which got my week off to a cracking start as I received notification of the sale first thing on Monday morning. A lovely way to start the week!

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.


And finally, I wrote another Coronation Street weekly update and sent it to my emailing list of thousands of Corrie fans around the world. I've been running this list since 1995 and if you'd like to sign up to receive these weekly updates, all details are here.


See you next week.

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Glenda Young
Author of historical novels with Headline
Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Strong lasses in large print


With thanks to large print publisher Ulverscroft, this week I received author copies of two of my novels in large print - The Girl with the Scarlet Ribbon and Pearl of Pit Lane

I'll be donating the large print books to two local community libraries, Back on the Map at Hendon and Fulwell Community Library in Sunderland.   Libraries such as these struggle to buy large print books as they are so expensive for them, and yet a lot of readers rely on such books in order to read. 

If you'd like to order large print copies of any of my books, all details are here.

Saturday, February 06, 2021

Coronation Street Weekly Update, Feb 6 2021


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

And if you'd like to support the Coronation Street weekly updates to keep them going (please), you can donate here

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Glenda Young
Author of historical novels with Headline
Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor
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