The research for my novel, Queen of the World took me up onto Caton Moor getting close to wind turbines, to Blackpool Zoo to stare at the macaws and to the crazy golf and brass bands in my local park. It took me for long walks on Morecambe promenade while the characters had conversations in my head.
My short stories took me to Chorlton in Manchester and to Halifax where I was placed in competitions and did my first readings beyond university. Next year? Well, New York or Venice would be nice but I’d settle for anywhere new in this country. Never been to Swindon, Huddersfield, Kidderminster, Aberdeen …
In my flash fiction I wrote, amongst other things, about a dragon in a takeaway kitchen, a monkey who climbs out of a tumble dryer, a girl who tries to switch the wind off, a Hugh Grant fan who uses her bingo wings to fly and a dried wasp in a pot noodle.
The Dryer Monkey in Flash Mob Writing Competition The Shortlist
Reconstituted - shortlisted in Chorley and District Writer’s Circle National Flash fiction Competition
Bingo, Dec 10th & To do list, Jan 5th on Paragraph Planet