Tuesday Guest – Brian McManus

It gives me great delight to introduce Brian McManus, a fellow Hedgehog Press hoglet, to ‘Patricia’s Pen.’ Brian is here to discuss his writing methodology so without further ado, it’s over to Brian.

My Writing Methodology

Brian McManus

Neither I nor my family have any great background in writing although I recently discovered that my great grandfather was a poet who sent his poems home from the American west to where he had emigrated in the late 1800’s.

I dabbled with crime fiction for a short while but my interest in writing poetry stemmed from my involvement in a major negative life event, the Lockerbie Air Disaster with the loss of 270 lives in 1988. My reflections on that led to the publication of my book of poetry, prose and photographs – Blue Daze, Black Knights – the Story of Lockerbie thereafter, now sadly out of print.

There followed a long hiatus in writing again as the writing and publishing of my book was a sometimes painful and cathartic experience. I have always considered that in the dance of life emotion is the music and correspondingly much of my poetry is fuelled by emotion.

I picked up my pen again as the Covid storm broke across the world in early 2020 and settled that I wanted to address what I considered to be the egregious sense of ineptitude from Boris Johnston and his government and give a voice to the many hundreds, indeed thousands of people who had summarily been disenfranchised and suffered grievously, sometimes with their lives. My thoughts and reflections led to the publication of my poetry pamphlet Liar Liar by The Hedgehog Poetry Press in November 2020.

My writing process is a little convoluted but generally speaking the germ of an idea about which I want to write will occur to me, or indeed at times simply present itself to me, and then during the following days and weeks I will worry away at it until it takes the basic shape I am at least content with.

There follow many more weeks when I will edit and re-edit until I consider it’s fit for purpose but often something else will present itself to me and I edit or even rewrite once again. There comes a time when the poem almost speaks to me and says “right, enough, leave me alone now”.

I am constantly reminded of the words of the great poetic strategist Ezra Pound who always advised T.S. Eliot to ‘kill your darlings’, that being if you get to the stage where you consider yourself finished and very satisfied with your work it’s time to consider almost ripping it up and starting again.

I have a further volume of poetry slated for publication by The Hedgehog Poetry Press on 14th April 2021 – “Solastalgia” –  where I hope to bring down the poetic veil on probably the most challenging time many of us have lived through.

There will be no hiatus for me this time. My research interests focus primarily on the decline of western civilisation and the prospect of an uninhabitable world due to rising temperatures and rising sea levels, and I already see several issues that I feel a compulsion to address through the medium of poetry.

About Brian McManus

Brian McManus is happily married and lives north of Glasgow with his wonderful wife. They have just celebrated a landmark wedding anniversary.

They have two grown up children of whom they are immensely proud and three lovely grandchildren.

Brian has stepped away from the world of work now but spent most of his days in public service and latterly in a senior leadership role with a major media company.

Most of his days are now spent reading and writing poetry, researching the subject matter to provide him with the material around which he writes.

Links to Books

Liar Liar

Links to Social Media

Twitter

Website coming soon – under construction

Happy New Year and what’s to come

With only a few hours left of 2020 I thought I’d do a blog to let you know what you have to look forward from me in 2021.

The first has to be that The Granville Legacy, Book 3, in the House of Grace trilogy will be released in March 2021. Watch out for a preorder button on Amazon in the next few days. The story is now out with Beta Readers and only earlier this evening I got great feedback so I hope you’re all going to love it as much as I enjoyed writing it. If you haven’t started the trilogy yet you can download a copy here from Amazon for £1.99 and US equivalent, and if you have Kindle Unlimited you can read it for FREE.

In April 2021 a collaborative poetry pamphlet with writer Maureen Cullen, ‘Sherry and Sparkly’ will be published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press. Watch out for this as all proceeds will go to Cancer Research.

In July 2021 – my full mythical poetry collection will be published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press

and in September 2021 The Worth Park Poetry Timeline will be published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press.

I’m quite sure there will be more publications. For instance, I need to sort out what’s happening about my children’s picture book. Watch this space.

Apart from my publications, many more guests will appear on Patricia’s Pen. These are a few to watch out for.

12th January 2021 – Hedgehog poet Brian McManus

26th January 2021 – Author Juliette Bowers

9th February 2021 – Hedgehog Poet Robin McNara

16th February 2021 – Hedgehog Poet Vic Pick-up

2nd March 2021 – Author Jane Risdon

23rd March 2021 – Author Lynne Shelby

13th April 2021 – Author Alyson Sheldrake

27th April 2021 – Author Val Moore

11th May – 2021 Author Dawne Archer

8th June 2021 – Author Natalie Normann

29th June 2021 – Author Tim Taylor

13th July 2021 – Author of the Hunter series Val Penny

And that’s just a taster – there’ll be plenty more going on and hopefully I can reignite the writing challenges too.

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And that only leaves me to wish you all a happy new year in 2021 with the promised light and vaccination and we can hopefully all return to living properly again.

Round up of 2020.

Well I’m sure one thing we’re all in agreement with and that it has been an awful year, one we’ll all be glad to put behind us and with the vaccination we can hopefully forward in 2021. However, on the other hand it has been a wonderful publishing year for me with The Coal Miner’s Son Book 2 in my House of Grace trilogy, published in March 2020. Of course, had I known we were about to be hit by a pandemic, I may have rethought this. I had it all planned to do lots of face to face events. I managed a pre publishing event for a book club at my local book college and that was it.

I was then lucky enough to be one of the winners with The Hedgehog Poetry Press which resulted in publication of my nature poetry collection Taxus Baccata in July 2020.

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This followed in December 2020 with The Montefiore Bride where all proceeds have gone to a local homeless shelter Crawley Open House.

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A couple of days ago I sent over the first payment of £375, so thank you to each and every one of you who purchased a signed copy or pdf via my website as you contributed to that amount and in turn have helped the homeless. I still have signed copies and pdf versions for anyone who would like one. You can receive a pdf version by email within 24 hours of your order. Go here.


I was also lucky enough this year to have a poem published in
The House in the Forest and Cupid’s Arrow: Poems of Love published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press.

The Granville Legacy is in its last proofing stages and almost ready to go to press for a March 2021 publication. Remember it’s beautiful cover?


Other publications have been light as I haven’t had time to make many submissions, however I have had poems included in the following:

Ahead of Time Published by Reach Magazine (Indigo Dreams Publishing) July 2020

First Days at Juniors

Isolated

TV Wonder

All published on line here by Imspired – these will be published in print January 2021.

The Talent Show – Reach Magazine (Indigo Dreams Publishing) December 2020

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I have featured many guests during 2020

January 2020

Mark Anthony Smith

Sally Spedding

Madalyn Morgan

Michael Sanchez

February 2020

Fin C Gray

Deborah Edgeley

Mark Anthony Smith

Raine Geoghegan

March 2020

Joy Wood

Kellie Butler

Helen Christmas

April 2020

Shirley Anne Cook

Julia Firlotte

Denise Leggett

John McCullough

May 2020

Alison Chisholm

Elizabeth Gates

Craig Jordan-Baker

Joseph Carrabis

June 2020

Martin Lott

Lance Greenfield

Suzi Bamblett

Henrietta Newell

Gaynor Kane

July 2020

Beth Haslam

Andrew Quartermain

Lynne Hallett

August 2020

Georgia Conlon

Daisy White

Jodee Neathery

September 2020

Pauline Seawards

Margaret Royall

Damien Donnelly

Carol Thomas

October 2020

Nigel Kent

Allison Symes

November 2020

Lexi Rees

Ann McMaster

Elizabeth M Hurst

December 2020

Karen Mooney

Darren J Beaney

And 2021 will bring you more guest features and many more poets published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press

All that remains is for me to wish you all the best festive period you can have under the present circumstances and pray for a hopeful bright 2021.


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Guest Feature – Darren J Beaney

My guest today is Darren J Beaney who is another poet published by the awesome The Hedgehog Poetry Press. Congratulations, Darren, on the release of your brand new collection Honey Dew.

Darren has come along today to chat about his writing, including Honey Dew. Without further ado, it’s over to Darren J Beaney.

My Writing Story

Darren J Beaney

I started writing (and reading) poetry in the mid 1990’s. I was having some mental health and substance abuse issues and writing down my thoughts and feelings helped me to slowly sort myself out.  Starting the MA in Creative Writing in 2018 really helped me to focus on how to improve my writing – as I shared my words with others for the first time. Having a number of critical friends really helps. As part of the MA, I took a module entitled Poetry, Theory and Practice and the assignment forms the bulk of my debut collection – Honey Dew published by the Hedgehog Poetry Press (14th December 2020). Copies in print and pdf format can be purchased from my website.

Honey Dew is a collection of 21 love poems with a mix of themes – the story of my early relationship with Jo, my lovely wife, and the ways in which I try to express my feelings toward her.  Trying to describe my writing is one of the hardest things I have tried to do, a lot of what I write doesn’t get shared! There are poems I have written that I really like, but when I read them out I just think “what the *&@% was that all about – I obviously took to much acid years ago…” I asked my MA buddy, critical friend and fellow Dragonfly, Barbara to help me describe my writing and this is what she said:

“Poetry that has a unique, sideways perspective and is rich in surreal imagery.  It often tries to do something different with language and can sometimes rewrite what is expected of poetry. It can be entertaining.


I read poetry most days and try to write as often as I can. I am currently trying to find a home for the anthology written for my MA dissertation. It was originally titled What’s Love Got To Do With It, but now after even more editing and the inclusion of more poems it has a new working title – The Machinery Of Human Life. With a bit of luck, a publisher will take a chance on it and maybe Patricia can ask me back to talk about it!

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Thank you for sharing your writing story with my readers, Darren, and yes, definitely come back to Patricia’s Pen once The Machinery of Human Life is ready to enter the world.



See below for a taster of Honey Dew with Surfin’ girl, one of the poems included in the collection.


Surfin’ girl

The blue haired girl once surfed through the park,
secure in her fashion. Floodlit eyes
shining on improbable catwalks,
parading her tone. Inflating the hearts
of those she invited to climb on her board.

Rinsing aqua to blond, nothing dumb
in that, her glow radiated
like polished platinum, leaving
an iridescent trail so precious
that he followed adventurous,
trekking. His quest to collect all her smiles.

Then au natural, stunning brunette
radiant like her eyes that sparkled
brighter with each tide. Rousing, she added
to the understanding of many, multiplying
knowledge, explained the value of π,
leaving memories that cannot be taken away.

Now with a few hairs of grey she leads
as a mother. Inspiring! Her love
is uncomplicated with no rules
and she cares. Her love is like oceans,
her affection forever gently lapping against our shores.

In years still to come she may be white
like teachers’ chalk. She may change colour
again to mask the signs of passing years.
But she will never disguise what is inside,
she will always ride the waves like
the blue haired girl.

Wow. I’m sure you’ll agree that this is going to be a fantastic collection with those wonderful images and sound echoes.

Purchase a signed copy of Honey Dew from Darren’s website here.



About Darren J Beaney

Darren J Beaney has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Brighton. He is part of a collective that host a word night in Brighton – Flight of the Dragonfly.  He is a hopeless romantic! He cuts his own hair. He enjoys music, predominantly punk rock. His favourite author is Orwell.  He loves Marmite.  He lives near the West Sussex coast, with his family, their rescue cats, rescue dog and furry hamster.  He has had poems published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press, Indigo Dreams Publishing, Parthian Books, Dempsey & Windle, Poetry NI, The Four Parts Press and The Angry Manifesto. He was a finalist in the Write Bloody UK 2020 full collection competition.

Social Media Links

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Facebook

Website

Publication Day – The Montefiore Bride

Today is the official release date for The Montefiore Bride. The Montefiore Bride is a prize winning short story published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press and the Victorian tale told in prose/poetry is fiction based on facts. It makes a perfect stocking filler or keepsake – best of all is if you purchase a signed copy or a pdf via my website – the proceeds will go to help the homeless at Crawley Open House.

Find out more about The Montefiore Bride – and get a preview read by going here.

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The Granville Legacy

I promised a cover reveal today (1st December 2020) for The Granville Legacy so here it is. The full jacket.

I’d love to know what you all think about it, but I’m sure you’ll agree that my designer, Andy Keylock, has stuck to the theme perfectly. Don’t they all look gorgeous together?

If you haven’t read House of Grace (Book 1) and The Coal Miner’s Son (Book 2) yet, you can download FREE here if you have Kindle Unlimited or purchase on Kindle. Also available via Amazon.

Signed copies available (UK only) available from my website shop here – pay safely with PayPal.

A Pre order on Amazon Kindle will shortly be available for The Granville Legacy – watch this space. Anticipated publication is March 2021.

Guest Feature – Karen Mooney

Today I am pleased to invite Karen Mooney, a fellow poet published by the awesome The Hedgehog Poetry Press, over to chat about her conversational pamphlet, Penned In, which is a collaborative project with another Hedgehog Poetry Press poet – the lovely Gaynor also lovingly known as Lady Kane. Without further ado, I’ll pass you over to Karen.

Inspiration for Penned In

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Karen Mooney

Thank you, Patricia, for the opportunity to provide an insight into Penned In which is a joint pamphlet of pandemic poetry with my friend, Gaynor Kane.

I think we’ve all struggled with our emotions during this unique period and have reassessed our priorities. Life has a way of focussing the mind, although it usually comes to us from individual challenges.  ‘We’re all in this together’ is widely used, it is the title of one of the poems, but experiences vary significantly depending on personal circumstance. 

Like many, I experienced initial fear which was exacerbated when, as Chair of a Patient Group, I sat in on a Zoom meeting with some GPs at the initial stages of this pandemic. It was a rude awakening.  I gained a sense of how threatening the virus could be and of the courage shown by the medical profession in how they were adapting to the threat to support and protect their patients.  We owe them so much.

Needless to say, sleepless nights ensued together with admiration for those looking out for us and anger at the inequality that many have suffered.  I was fortunate to be able to stay at home whilst Gaynor headed to her work each day, but we, along with some other writers, kept in touch, sharing concerns and experiences.  Some of those thoughts gradually trickled onto the page and Penned In, which is how we all felt, took shape.  It reflects on the everyday issues faced by many: the struggle to write, social media, inequality, learning in lockdown, sleeplessness, the re-emergence of nature, feelings of being controlled, caring for elderly parents, the birth of a baby, nursing and embrace. 

It was Gaynor’s idea to submit our efforts to The Hedgehog Poetry Press, and we were both delighted when Editor, Mark Davidson, accepted it.  Gaynor’s an old hand at this publishing business with a Stickleback, Memory Forest pamphlet and her full collection, Venus In Pink Marble under her belt but this is the first time that my name appears on the cover of a book.   In fact, that was the only thing we argued about as I wanted her name to appear first; she’s not referred to as Lady Kane for nothing!

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I’m sure you’ll all agree that was a wonderful insight from Karen into Penned In. And what’s more all profits from signed copies ordered here will be donated to Action Cancer, Northern Ireland’s leading local cancer charity.  Both of Karen’s and Gaynor’s lives have been touched by cancer, and they are mindful many cancer patients, and their families will have faced additional pressures during this pandemic.

ORDER YOUR SIGNED COPIES HERE AND HELP RAISE FUNDS FOR ACTION CANCER

I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate Karen Mooney and Gaynor Kane on the publication of of Penned In and for donating to such a worthy cause.

Links to Social Media

Facebook – Karen

Facebook – Gaynor

Twitter – Karen

Twitter – Gaynor              

                


Guest Feature – Anne McMaster

This week’s guest feature goes to, Anne McMaster, a fellow cult member of the awesome The Hedgehog Poetry Press. Anne’s debut full poetry collection will be published by Hedgehog in February 2021. Today Anne has come to chat about her writing so without further ado, it’s over to Anne.

My Writing

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Anne McMaster

When I realised that the casual notes I ‘d been scribbling for a couple of years were focused on memories of life on my family’s farm, the history of the land and the people who’d worked it, I instinctively knew the shape my first full collection would take. In my late teens, I’d worked on the land as a full-time farmer after my father had his hip shattered; I reared animals, drove tractors, cropped the land and maintained machinery – working to keep our family business going. When studying English Literature at university, I fell headlong for theatre. I lectured in Performing Arts for 22 years while working happily as a professional playwright – writing for the stage and designing interactive theatre projects for schools and businesses while directing and touring productions. By the time I left lecturing in 2016 to write full-time, I had 80 stage productions and over 30 original plays under my belt – and my love affair with poetry was about to begin.  

Since then, I’ve had work published in journals and anthologies all over the world. I was very grateful to receive a SIAP (Support for the Individual Artist) Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland in 2018/19 to undertake much of the necessary research for this collection and I recently benefitted from receiving an Individual Emergency Resilience Programme (IERP) Award from ACNI in autumn 2020. I can’t begin to express how grateful I am for this acknowledgement of my work and for the financial support to continue it – particularly at this challenging time.

Working cover

Walking Off the Land – my first full collection – will be published by the wonderful The Hedgehog Poetry Press in February 2021. This is the phrase given to a powerfully moving rural tradition which takes place when a farmer (or one of his family) dies. On the day of the funeral, the coffin is taken from the main house and carried by friends and family (in a series of ‘lifts’) to the very edge of the land owned by that family. It’s then placed into the hearse and driven to church for the funeral service. Walking someone ‘off the land’ is a respectful and loving way for friends, neighbours and family to pay respect to the deceased and to the land they dedicated their lives to.  

As to the future? I seem to be speeding up. Covid lockdown in a rural area has been a bonus; I’m incredibly lucky to have space and peace in which to write. I’m currently teaching classes online, reading at events in the UK, USA and Canada and I’m about to launch a mentoring programme. I’m collaborating with an astonishingly talented composer as we bring my words and his music together and I’ll soon begin work on two more collections: The Letting Go explores the complex process of bereavement and loss while Gods and the Land takes a rural approach to Greek mythology. I’m profoundly grateful to be so busy.

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A very informative blog from Anne McMaster. How exciting about her upcoming projects. Anne will be back to Patricia’s Pen, in February 2021, around the time of her publication Walking off the Land so watch this space in the meantime let’s find out a little more about her.

About Anne McMaster

Anne McMaster lives on an old farm in rural mid-Ulster. After a lengthy career as a lecturer, playwright and theatre director, she now works as a professional voice actor, editor, poet and mentor. Her work has been published extensively in the USA, Canada, the UK and Ireland.

To be Homeless

It could happen to anyone of us. Particularly in these Covid times. One day you could be settled in a nice house, a good job, and the next your whole world could cave in.

Helping the homeless is a charity so close to my heart. When I was a child, we could have been homeless, my parents with four young children, one of them a newborn. Thankfully an organisation in Bolton helped us and we were temporarily housed in a huge house in Farnworth with other families. I remember it like it was yesterday. It was the winter of 1962 and my dad made me go out with him to find the shops. I kept complaining I was cold and my dad told me to stop moaning we were all cold and I needed to know where the shops were so I could show Mum.

That year is the first time I can remember being poorly. I now know it was a bug. I kept being sick for weeks and couldn’t keep anything down other than Oxo which Mum used to make for me. Anyway, I am digressing but if it hadn’t been for that organisation, we could have ended up on the streets. God forbid what may have happened to us in those temperatures. Especially my two-month old brother.

When I started my MA in Brighton back in 2014, I saw lots of homeless people in doorways. I’d give one person the last money I had in my purse but then there was someone in another doorway and I had nothing left to give. I’d often find myself in tears walking back to the station. It was then I realised that I couldn’t help every individual but the best way to help was through an organisation and there are quite a few.

If you look on this link from an earlier blog there are options where you can donate.

What I’m asking you to do today is to consider pre ordering a signed copy of The Montefiore Bride, @ £5.99, and all profits will go to Crawley Open House. Check here to see what this great organisation does.

The Montefiore Bride brought me a winning place with the awesome The Hedgehog Poetry Press after I entered a prickly shorts competition. I knew then that I wanted to donate all proceeds from the first run (less PayPal and p&p charges) and all profits after that. Mark Davidson at The Hedgehog Poetry press has also supplied me with my story in pdf form and that can be purchased for £2.99 and all proceeds of this will go to Crawley Open House.

So are you with me? I’m told my prose poetry short story, The Montefiore Bride is a lovely piece of work. Here’s what it’s about and a preview of the story.

The Montefiore Bride 

A Sussex Fictional Tale Based on Facts

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Patricia M Osborne

Back in 2017 as part of MA in creative writing I was required to take up a writing residency. I chose my local Victorian Park, Worth Park, in Crawley, West Sussex. As part of my remit, I researched the park’s past going back to 19th September 1888 when Sir Francis Montefiore, the first and last Baronet of Worth Park, brought home his Austrian bride.

This short fictional West Sussex tale is based on facts from archived newspaper cuttings, black and white historic photographs and filling in the gaps with fiction.

A preview read

The Arrival – 19th September 1888

Mr Burr and I push past men in top hats and bonneted women hovering around Three Bridges. White and blue bunting shimmers in the autumn sun. Villagers grip red flags. Mr Burr and I wait with eager crowds for the half past four to arrive.

            Red carpet in position, Sir Francis steps outside. I remember his Pa before him, a good man, one to respect, the Bart’s inherited that gift. He escorts his child bride, ‘Ice and Snow.’

            Elegance in satin, her gown embroidered with pearls, she enchants onlookers. The footman opens the carriage, lifts the lady’s moon-lace train. She settles onto the seat. Her spouse slides close, smiles, kisses her hand. We all cheer.

Step back to 1888 and become part of the Victorian crowd waiting at Three Bridges Station…

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Publication date by The Hedgehog Poetry Press 14th December 2020

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This beautifully presented pamphlet will make a perfect stocking filler or a little treasure for you to keep.

Order in Pdf format for £2.99 – all proceeds to Crawley Open House.


Guest feature – Elizabeth M Hurst

It gives me great pleasure to invite a fellow Swanwick Writer, Elizabeth M Hurst, back to Patricia’s Pen. Elizabeth has come along to chat about her writing journey.

My Writing Journey

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Liz Hurst

My writing journey began, as many do, with short stories. The idea of writing something as complicated as a novel, or even a novella, seemed much too big a challenge at that stage. Besides, I was still finding my feet, my author’s voice, so to learn the art of crafting a tale just a couple of thousand words long seemed more manageable. At the time, I was going through a phase of reading rather a lot of erotica so my stories reflected that and this is how Siren Spirit began, as an erotic short story.

It was as I writing the last few lines that the story was feeling somewhat unfinished. Without realising it, I had moulded the character of Emma on myself and my own feelings of disorientation after a marriage breakup. Her sense of loss, her grief and the desire to hide away to heal were all emotions I felt around that time. I should point out, however, that the similarities end there. I have never experienced any paranormal events, sexual or otherwise.

It was after this bombshell that it became clear that I needed to concentrate less on the erotic content of the story and more on Emma herself. Enter Lewis Carrington, her neighbour.

It was a fun story to write and, when the first draft was complete, I was confident that I would eventually publish. Then I had a revelation about telling the stories of Emma’s friends, too, and thus the Lost Souls series was born. The second book, A Friend in Need, was published a couple of years later, and the third (working title Letter of Lament) is due out some time in 2021.

This whole journey has ignited an interest in history that I didn’t know I possessed. I hated the subject at school, dropping it as soon as I could. It was only when I decided to trace my family tree around ten years ago that matching actual people with history began to bring the subject to life for me. Indeed, Grace’s father in Siren Spirit, Joseph, is based on one of my ancestors, who was a blacksmith.

People often ask us, as writers, where we get our inspiration from. For me, it is everywhere – in my own life, the things I do, the places I visit and the people I meet. I just need to be open to receive it. Once I am in the right head space, ideas come thick and fast; the creativity flows like a river in flood and I struggle to get it all down on paper fast enough!

Thank you Liz, aka, Elizabeth M Hurst. It was interesting to read about your writing journey and I can certainly relate to a novel being too much of a challenge as that’s how I felt too.

Links provided below to order a copy of Elizabeth’s books but first, let’s find out a little more about Elizabeth M Hurst.



About Elizabeth M Hurst

Elizabeth has always been a voracious reader since her preschool years, so perhaps it’s not surprising that when she hit middle age, the urge for a career change brought her into the world of writing.

The Lost Souls series brings together her love of the supernatural together with romance and historical settings to create provocative stories around her central female characters.

She has recently left the world of automotive engineering to concentrate full-time on writing and her freelance editing business, and is making plans to move to the south of France, fulfilling a lifelong dream. She is keeping her fingers crossed that her two cats will forgive her at some point in the future.

Links to purchase books

Siren Spirit

A Friend in Need

Links

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