Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Remembering why we write...

Sometimes, writers forget that what we do is tell stories - we get bogged down in getting a project finished, out there, getting feedback, rewriting, honing, filtering, perfecting, getting the nerve out to send it out or to finish it in the first place... What people want is a good story; it might tug at their heart strings or simply entertain them for an hour or two. There has to be no more magical profession than being in the business of doing that?!
So this week, take time away from whatever major writing project you've set yourself and write about your first memory of writing, of reading, your first experience of a film or a play or the spoken word... Tap into the magic that inspired you and have fun with words that don't necessarily have to lead you anywhere.

Dad's Red Dress is starting to get some reader's feedback, and I have to admit, it's lovely to hear that people are enjoying my work! 

It's a beautiful story excellently told...one of the best novels I've read in bloody ages. - Patrick Chapman, author of Slow Clocks of Decay

What a great story, filled with complexity - original and believable, every character so well developed and totally three dimensional. I loved the intricacies of each one, and Jessie is just a delight, I was with her all the way! A beautiful relationship with her Dad, and her little sister! It's wonderful, just wonderful!!  - Caroline Farrell, author of Arkyne and Lady Beth

Very funny and real young-teen n
ovel about a very not-'normal' family. - Claire Hennessey, author of Nothing Tastes as Good

And on Amazon: 

What a great story, filled with complexity - original and believable, every character so well developed and totally three dimensional. I loved the intricacies of each one, and Jessie is just a delight, I was with her all the way! A beautiful relationship with her Dad, and her little sister! It's wonderful, just wonderful!! - Librarians Cellar

Dad's Red Dress is a story for our times, and one that can be enjoyed by all of the family. The characters are vivid, the story is fresh, and the dialogue is sparkling. I can heartily recommend it.Anon.

A sparkling and rewarding read. From the very first paragraph, I was sucked into the colourful and crazy world of young Jessie Keane. Her exotic family exudes warmth and togetherness. and the reader is left in no doubt that this is a loving and safe environment for her and her sister. However, there is a 'secret' within the family, that is clear from the title of the book, and that secret threatens to unsettle Jessie's life and bring the bullies back to taunt her - again. This serious subject matter is dealt with sensitively by L.J. Sedgwick, and even better than that, it is uproariously funny. I found myself re-reading sentences and entire paragraphs over again, in pure joy. I haven't enjoyed a novel as much in years. - Patricia Groves.

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