I’ve been writing for 16 years. Novels are my first love, though I also flirt with short stories, poems and the occasional script. Whatever the form, I write fairytales with bite. Sometimes they're dark, often they're humorous.
Bridge House Publishing published A Helping Hand in their Alternative Renditions anthology. All of the great tales in here retell favourite fairytales from the viewpoints of alternative characters. A Helping Hand retells the Cinderella story from Drizella's, the youngest Ugly Sister's viewpoint (she's not best pleased with how things work out!). It also shows a desperate fairy godmother keen to prove she's not a one-trick pony as a rival godmother insists.
I loved writing this story and was thrilled when it was accepted. My ambition is to keep getting short stories placed in anthologies like this one and online.
The first three chapters of my novel, The Trouble With Mother, were long-listed in the Bridge House Debut Novel competition. From over 70 entries The Trouble With Mother made it to the final 13.
BLURB AND SYNOPSIS
After evil wizards and dragons are slain,
Eileen and Jenny are left with each other,
aware mothers shouldn’t have a past yet alone one like Eileen’s.
What does a disillusioned fairy godmother do when she dares to fall in love with someone from a species her world despises? Eileen Paige defects (having changed her name to a human one in protest against power abuses by her “betters”), marries him and cheats to ensure her old world can never pursue her. When that fails, what does Eileen do when forced by her cousin, the Fairy Queen, to reveal what she is to the daughter she should never have had? Eileen is aware the easiest thing for her daughter, Jenny Williams (nee Paige), to do is dump her troublesome mother. Can Eileen keep her marriage and family or will she lose everything and be forced home to continue destroying anything getting in her regal cousin’s way? When the Chief Witch rebels against the Queen, the monarch wants to know which way will Eileen jump – with her old world or her new one? The wrong answer could prove fatal. Eileen is only too aware the Queen has deduced the existence of the “half breed” means Eileen is open to blackmail.
I'm still looking for an agent/publisher for this novel, which I plan to be the first in a series.