From Story Idea To Reader by Rosemary J. Kind and Patsy Collins

A review of the audio version of From Story Idea To Reader – an accessible writing guide co-written by myself and Rosemary J Kind.

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I was asked to review a audible copy of this book in exchange for an honest review and I agreed as it’s one my wishlist. I’ve read a lot of writing books over the years and own a few and this one definitely stood out from the rest.

Synopsis

“From Story Idea to Reader is an easily accessible guide to writing fiction. Whether you are brushing up on your writing skills or starting out, this book will take you through the whole process from inspiration to conclusion. No matter if you are looking to submit your work for publication, enter a competition, or want to self-publish, this practical guide will help you every step of the way.

Between them, Patsy Collins and Rosemary Kind have sold hundreds of short stories, written 16 published books, and produced numerous articles for Writing Magazine and similar publications. They’ve both judged writing competitions and…

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Free library talk/readings

I’m giving a short talk and reading some of my stories at the library in Lee-on-the-Solent on 6th June. If you’re in the area and free then, maybe I’ll see you there?

New addition to the family!

Yes, I do mean edition and not addition. The only new people I’ve brought into the world are story characters. I don’t know how many I’ve created but it’s definitely more than a thousand as I’ve written more stories than that and each of them has at least one character.

Family Feeling is my latest book release and it’s currently reduced to

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Spring break

Happy Easter to those who celebrate this holiday and happy spring to everyone. The weather is so lovely here I’m spending most of the long weekend in the garden. I love it all year round, but especially so in the spring.

I may get some writing done. Working in the garden often helps with my creativity. Either way, I’ll definitely be reading. My kindle is choice full of interesting sounding books by writing friends, many of them downloaded at bargain prices! I do like a book bargain.

If you’d like some cheery holiday reading

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Paint Me A Picture by Patsy Collins

A review for my novel Paint Me A Picture.

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I’ve read a few short story collections by Patsy Collins that I enjoyed. At the end of one was an extract for this book which hooked my attention. I finally got around to reading it, I managed to get a copy from my local library. But you can buy it on Amazon in ebook or physical book format.

Synopsis from GoodReads

“Mavis Forthright carefully planned her jump from Portsmouth’s Round Tower. She’s existed for over five decades. Lived hardly at all. Will end her misery with a few second’s fall into the cold sea. Except she’s not quite ready to die. A half day’s delay to try a bacon sandwich from the cafe won’t matter. Mother’s no longer there to disapprove.

She delays another day to lend Janice a book. Then a week to use her new paints. A month. Until the end of term. Mavis makes new plans; to…

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