Discover my sagas and cosy crimes

Friday, December 31, 2021

Short stories, soap and reaching a milestone - my writing week


This week I reached the halfway mark in writing the first draft of my new historical saga set in 1919 set in a northeast coalmining village. I'll continue powering on and doing my job, wearing comfy jeans, eating crumpets and drinking tea for the next few weeks until the first draft is complete and then even more hard work starts - editing!


I had a short story published in The People's Friend Special No. 219 which is in the shops now. Sixteen-year-old Anna is there to help her mum when she needs it most, in my story, Trust Me, Mum. I hope you really enjoy it.


I had a short story published this week in The People's Friend magazine. It's a story about making - and breaking - New Year resolutions and why you should never believe office gossip. It's called Stick to the Plan and I hope you like it!


My interview with The Table Read about how and why I wrote my cosy crime set in Scarborough, Murder at the Seaview Hotel is now available to read here https://thetableread.co.uk/author-interview-glenda-young-murder-at-the-seaview-hotel/  


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!

__

Glenda Young

Twitter: @Flaming_Nora

Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Website: GlendaYoungBooks.com

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Short Story - Trust me, Mum in The People's Friend Special, No. 219


I've a short story in The People's Friend Special No. 219 which is in the shops now.

Sixteen-year-old Anna is there to help her mum when she needs it most, in my story, Trust Me, Mum.

I hope you really enjoy it.

__

Glenda Young

Twitter: @Flaming_Nora

Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Website: GlendaYoungBooks.com

Short story - Stick to the Plan in The People's Friend magazine



I've a short story in The People's Friend, in the shops today. It's a story about making - and breaking - New Year resolutions and why you should never believe office gossip.

It's called Stick to the Plan and I hope you like it!
__

Glenda Young

Twitter: @Flaming_Nora

Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Website: GlendaYoungBooks.com

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Friday, December 24, 2021

Daily Mirror, Scarborough radio, Hitting a Milestone - my writing week


This week I've been writing every day and applying myself as much as I can to writing my saga set in Ryhope in 1919. I can't announce the title of this one yet, and don't yet have the cover from my publisher, Headline. But as soon as I can tell you the title and show you the cover, I will. I'm now over one third of the way through writing the first draft, feeling like I've hit a milestone.  I write each morning for a couple of hours, but my mind is constantly whirring with ideas and plot points.


Also this week I received the page proofs for my second cosy crime set in Scarborough, Curtain Call at the Seaview Hotel. This one comes out in May 2022 in ebook, hardback and audiobook and in paperback in August 2022.  The page proofs are my last chance to read and correct any typographical errors. It also goes to a professional proof reader, but you can bet your bottom dollar that no matter how many pairs of eyes check and re-read the page proofs, the occasional error still makes its way through.



My gritty saga The Miner's Lass, set in a coalmining village in 1919, is given a wonderful mention in the Daily Mirror.  Paul Routledge, esteemed writer and ex-political editor of The Daily Mirror, writes a daily column and today he includes my book.  Paul's ancestors, it turns out, were managers at Ryhope Coal Company and worked at the pit. His column is titled Truer than fiction... book that mirrors my family saga You can read his column online here and if you buy the paper today, his column is on page 17.

I was interviewed by Tim Moon on Scarborough's Coast and County radio show about my cosy crime novel set in Scarborough, Murder at the Seaview Hotel. 

You can enter to win 3 copies of the my gritty northeast saga The Miner's Lass and 3 copies of my murder mystery set in Scarborough, Murder at the Seaview Hotel in Trip Fiction's end of year competition at https://www.tripfiction.com/year-end-giveaway/  


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!


__

Glenda Young

Twitter: @Flaming_Nora

Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Website: GlendaYoungBooks.com

Thursday, December 23, 2021

The Miner's Lass in today's Daily Mirror


My gritty saga The Miner's Lass, set in a coalmining village in 1919, is given a wonderful mention in today's Daily Mirror. 

Paul Routledge, esteemed writer and ex-political editor of The Daily Mirror, writes a daily column and today he includes my book.  Paul's ancestors, it turns out, were managers at Ryhope Coal Company and worked at the pit.

His column is titled Truer than fiction... book that mirrors my family saga

You can read his column online here and if you buy the paper today, his column is on page 17.

__

Glenda Young

Twitter: @Flaming_Nora

Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Website: GlendaYoungBooks.com

Monday, December 20, 2021

Win my novels in Trip Fiction's end of year competition


Enter to win 3 copies of the my gritty northeast saga The Miner's Lass and 3 copies of my murder mystery set in Scarborough, Murder at the Seaview Hotel in Trip Fiction's end of year competition at https://www.tripfiction.com/year-end-giveaway/  
__

Glenda Young

Twitter: @Flaming_Nora

Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Website: GlendaYoungBooks.com

Friday, December 17, 2021

Heading forward, Looking back, BBC Tees & Scarborough Library - my writing week


This week I've been making good progress writing my saga set in 1919. I'm now a third of the way through writing my first draft - a milestone to celebrate I feel!

My novels - audiobooks, paperbacks, hardbacks and large print - were borrowed from UK libraries a staggering 43,000 times between July 1 2020 and 30 June 2021 - a year in which libraries were closed for much of the time.  I think I'm going to have to lie down now.


I was interviewed on BBC Radio Tees by DJ Amy Oakden and we chatted about my cosy crime set in Scarborough, Murder at the Seaview Hotel. You can listen to my interview here, where I start talking at 3.23:15 here.


I've been invited to give a talk on my cosy crime Murder at the Seaview Hotel, to Scarborough Library in January. Please come if you're in the area!  


I've also been invited to give a virtual talk by zoom about my cosy crime for Northumberland Libraries on January 31st. Please join me if you can. All details here.


I wrote my Top 20 highlights of 2021. Read them all here.


And I've got a lot to look forward to in 2022. Here's a teaser.


I'll be in the shop at the National Glass Centre, Sunderland on Saturday 18 December from 1-3 if you'd like a signed book.  Please wear a mask and respect social distancing. 


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!

__

Glenda Young

Twitter: @Flaming_Nora

Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Website: GlendaYoungBooks.com

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Join me for an online talk in January with Northumberland Libraries


Monday 31 January 2022 at 2pm

NORTHUMBERLAND LIBRARIES - ZOOM 

I'll be giving a talk on my cosy crime set in Scarborough, Murder at the Seaview Hotel.


__

Glenda Young

Twitter: @Flaming_Nora

Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Website: GlendaYoungBooks.com

Monday, December 13, 2021

My interview on BBC Radio Tees about Murder at the Seaview Hotel


I was interviewed on BBC Radio Tees by DJ Amy Oakden and we chatted about my cosy crime set in Scarborough, Murder at the Seaview Hotel.

You can listen to my interview here, where I start talking at 3.23:15 here.

__

Glenda Young

Twitter: @Flaming_Nora

Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Website: GlendaYoungBooks.com

Sunday, December 12, 2021

Here's to the future now, it's only just begun


I'm feeling all kinds of emotional after writing a blog post sharing my top 10 highlights of the year. You can read it here.

And now let's look to the future and what's in store for 2022.

BOOKS

My second cosy crime novel Curtain Call at the Seaview Hotel is published by Headline in May in ebook, hardback and audiobook and in August in paperback. I'll be launching the paperback in Scarborough with South Cliff Gardens and Waterstones. 

My (favourite...) saga A Mother's Christmas Wish will be published by Headline in August in ebook, heardback and audiobook and in October in paperback. 

TALKS AND EVENTS

Thursday 13 January 2022 at 6pm

SCARBOROUGH LIBRARY

I'll be giving a talk on my cosy crime set in Scarborough, Murder at the Seaview Hotel. The talk will be at Scarborough Library. It's a ticketed event, tickets are £4 each and can be bought direct from Scarborough Library, Vernon Road.

Monday 31 January 2022 at 2pm

NORTHUMBERLAND LIBRARIES - ZOOM 

More details coming soon.

Sunday 10 April 2022 at 3pm

MORPETH BOOK FESTIVAL

More details coming soon.

Saturday 21 May 2022 - all day 

SUNDERLAND HISTORY FAIR 
I'm honoured to be invited to officially open the fair, give a talk and I'll have a stall selling my novels set in Sunderland. Follow on Facebook for updates.


OTHER STUFF

There's a lot I can't tell you (sorry!) but you'll find out soon enough. I'll be blogging my little fingers off as soon as I can reveal details.

Can't wait. 

Join me on my adventure. 


__

Glenda Young

Twitter: @Flaming_Nora

Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Website: GlendaYoungBooks.com


Top 20 highlights of my writing year 2021


In no particular order, here we go with my personal favourite top 10 highlights of my writing year 2021.




2. Breaking into the top 50 UK bestsellers chart with my novel The Paper Mill Girl


3. Writing 50 episodes of my weekly soap opera Riverside for The People's Friend magazine.  Episode 250 of Riverside was published this year.


4. Having 12 short stories published for magazines including The People's Friend, My Weekly, Take a Break Fiction Feast and Best.

5. Donating hundreds of my novels to Ryhope Community Centre for distribution around the village (where my novels are set, and where I grew up) to those self-isolating during lockdown.



6. Making the front page of my local newspaper The Sunderland Echo and having a whole page dedicated to my novel The Miner's Lass.



7. After more than 20 years, I gave up writing the Coronation Street Weekly Updates.  You might think it odd that I'm including this as a highlight, but it was very difficult to let go. However, I had to say goodbye to them as they were taking too much of my creative time that I now invest in my novels and short stories.  Do I miss writing the weekly updates? No. Do I miss the thousands of people on my mailing lost who have been with me for decades? Very much.

8. I had books published with Headline one of the UK's major top 5 publishers!  My novel The Paper Mill Girl was released in paperback in March. In May, my novel The Miner's Lass was released in hardback, ebook and audiobook and in paperback in October.  In August, my first cosy crime novel, Murder at the Seaview Hotel was released in hardback, ebook and audiobook and in paperback in November.


 9. I had an article published in the Crime Writers Association newsletter.


10. My novels were read by a local book group and turned into amazing pieces of embroidered art work.




11. I was featured in Chat magazine all about my writing and novels.

12. My novels inspired a book trail in Ryhope village


13. I was commended by the British Association of Paper Historians for the research carried out for my novel The Paper Mill Girl.


14. I ran a competition for a reader to have their name included as a character in my second cosy crime set in Scarborough. The winner was.... (well, you'll have to wait and see!). All donations made with entries went to Dog A.I.D. (Assistance in Disability).


15. I was one of only nine writers  shortlisted in the Kilmore Quay 'Write by the Sea' short story competition.  


16. My cosy crime set in Scarborough was featured on Alan Ayckbourn's official YouTube channel in their weekly news round up!


17. Bookshops reopened after a long lockdown. Bookshops!  Bookshops!


18. Wrexham Libraries chose me (me!) as Author of the Month for August 2021


19. Think I've got something in my eye.  This... and many, many more messages saying similar things fill my heart and soul. Messages like these make it all worth while.


20. I invited my dad to my book launch for my cosy crime set in his favourite place, Scarborough. I left the invitation on 'his' bench in Scarborough in Peasholm Park where we scattered some of his ashes after he passed away.  Miss you every day, dad.


My heartfelt thank to everyone who made my writing year possible. Big shout outs to Waterstones Sunderland, Waterstones Scarborough, TripFiction, Fulwell Community Library, Hendon Back on the Map Community Library, Sunderland Libraries, The Word at South Shields, South Cliff Gardens at Scarborough, Stephen and Martyn and EatMe Cafe in Scarborough, New Writing North, BBC Tees, BBC Newcastle, Simon Grundy at SUN FM 103.4, Claire Pickersgill of Hype That PR, Inside Soap magazine, Durham on Air, Katy Wheeler at the Sunderland Echo, Louise Hardy at NE BIC, Bek Homer BBC York, Romantic Novelists' Association, Book Fairies North East, Deborah Doyle of Roker Life, Izzy McDonald-Booth of National Glass Centre in Sunderland.
__

Glenda Young

Twitter: @Flaming_Nora

Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Website: GlendaYoungBooks.com
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...