_kitchenmugHello and Welcome.  This web-site is one version of me: my life as a writer.

Jane Hayward The Baby Box

I’ve been writing since I was thirteen years old but instead of scribbling words into a notebook I am typing words onto a screen. In the face of all advice in those ‘How to Write’ books, I am not a great notebook user. There are exceptions. To see a this post click at the end of this title:

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Read more about my early writing life and of my small successes here ABOUT.

Read the beginnings of two of my short stories here SHOWCASE.

I am a member of a writing group of three, which meets six times a year. We were all finalists in a Spread the Word novel writing competition of several years ago and are still working together. Two of us writes both long and short fiction. The third person, concentrating on his novel, was the winner of the competition.

I am also a member of a recently formed reading group. We have been reading Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (pub. Harper Collins) and The Lesser Bohemians by Eimer McBride (pub Faber). We still have to meet to discuss.

Blogs in the order in which they appear on the POSTS page: click at end of title for the link.

Towards Going Public

The Pre-production Stages of Publishing

The Start of the Journey Towards Publication

New Year – A New Project

Christmas 2018

Getting Professional

My Bedside Table

UK Passports, Certificates of Birth and Adoption


Adoption Matters

Reading Short Stories

Writing Short Stories

Small Wonder Festival at Charleston

Angela Carter

Writing Help You Must Have

Two Danish Writers II: Hans Christian Anderson

Two Danish Writers I : Karen Blixen

To Tag or not

Memoir … or not

Child Narrators (2)


The Working Pattern

Taking a Break

On Line Publishing

You Think You Have Finished

Writing Towards an Achievement

A Writer’s Day

Writing a Walk

Leanora Carrington

Using Oral History

Too Many Irons in the Fire

Child Narrators (1)

Voices and Narrators

Making the Most of Workshops

Fitting Together the Pieces

The Power of Memoir


Karen Blixen’s Dining Room.