A new book is in the making & I am determined that it will see the light of day this year!
Roll back three and half a thousand years to Ancient Egypt & meet a young Princess abandoning her country, friends & family to marry the most powerful King in the known world. Sound familiar? The gossip, glitz & pressure experienced by modern day young women who’ve married the royals was just as fierce back then…
I’ll be blogging and posting on social media as the book morphs into better shape – sharing the struggles & successes around writer’s blocks & breakthroughs as well as sample snippets about my heroine’s journey.
The delights and disappointments of getting a book out of your head and onto the page; simple hacks on staying healthy; and whatever else comes to mind. Loving a deadline means a fortnightly blog is a perfect taskmaster.
With the current travel restrictions in place, it feels good to revisit earlier excursions round the globe. India, Costa Rica, the Libyan desert, Venezuela’s extraordinary diversity, the creativity of Colombia and the diverse pleasures of Jerez.
Delving into the healing arts has been an ongoing quest since I was a child. Following the gurus of the sixties as an early vegan, to studying Palmistry and recently looking into Quantum Physics, Sacred Geometry and Channelling.
“… one book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.” – Malala Yousafzai
The short story I wrote in this compilation novel about Dorothy Rigby in 1989 was described as “Witty and ‘Waugh-like” in The Sunday Times Review (Evelyn Waugh is one of my favourite authors). Life got in the way of my next novel and I turned to travel writing. Can my older self possibly live up to that early praise?
The first of two novellas charting the life of a young woman adrift in Victorian Society. A witty tale of manners, Sally Brighouse wants to use her knowledge of herbal medicine by working in an Apothecary Shop. Notwithstanding twists of fate, the prejudices of the day and her own imperfections, she never loses sight of her dream.
Daisy Rigby is an environmental blogger. When she drops through a time portal and meets with an ET she discovers her father’s death was linked to governmental time travel projects. As plans for the Home Secretary’s fake disclosure using a holographic UFO draws closer, Daisy & her ET friend work to prevent interplanetary conflict. Watch this space – pun intended!
When Destiny’s puppies are stolen by an illegal dog fighting ring, she tries to rescue them but the thieves give chase. She slips into a nearby lake and swims out to a small island where she is befriended by a newly hatched dragon chick and a rebellious teenager from New York.
It’s almost five years since I wrote a series of rhyming tales about Winston the Worm who is busy saving the world by composting & irrigating the earth. He also loves to help his friends, & dance the night away. This is a sneak peek of a sketch of this plucky little hero.
This is my favourite travel piece on my favourite destination – Libya. I visited at the turn of the century before the West prevented Libya (& other African countries) from adopting the gold standard by bombing their structured, viable society out of existence.
As a freelance photojournalist I wrote travel and lifestyle pieces for Harpers and Queen, The Observer, The Mail on Sunday, Opera Now and many other publications. I’ve edited magazines and non-fiction books and now I’ve returned I’ve returned to my first love – fiction.
Books saved my childhood. My mother read to me every night, and with her encouragement I was reading by the age of four. She had shelves and shelves and shelves of books which I read avidly. Then, all three of my schools offered opportunities for acting, creating, and producing plays. It’s not surprising my career involved acting, writing and working for a playwright!
Rooftoppers – Katherine Rundell
Boudicca – Manda Scott
Circe – Madeline Miller
DC Max Wolfe: Die Last – Tony Parsons
Rebels & Traitors – Lindsey Davis
Stuff and Nonsense – Andrew Seiple
Klara and the Sun – Kazuo Ishiguro
Dombey & Son – Charles Dickens
Lord of the Horizon – Joan Grant
The Mirror and the Light – Hilary Mantel
The Binding – Bridget Collins
Throne of Glass – Sarah J Maas
Anna Grandmother of Jesus – Clair Heartsong
A Swim in a Pond in the Rain – George Saunders
Save the Cat – Jessica Brody
24 Hours in Ancient Egypt – Donald P Ryan
The Ancient Secret of the Flower of Life – D Melchizedek
Write Your Novel from the Middle – Jamie Scott Bell
“Run Rabbit Run “…witty, Waugh-like scamper about myxamotosis.”
John Coleman – Sunday Times Book Review
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Philena Bruce – Know That You Are Loved
“Thank you for not only editing my manuscript but also for helping me land an agent – overnight.”
Julie Clark – Baby Led Weaning
“With gratitude to Angela Clarence as editor who has mentored me through the process of editing with devotion, expertise and always a sense of fun.”
Hilary Franklin – Peeling Away the Mask
“Deep gratitude to Angela Clarence, who with humour, patience and a gentle touch insisted that I not soften the story.”
Patsy Freeman – In Search of You: Letters to a Daughter
“Thank you editor extraordinaire for all your help with editing, and the whole publishing process.”
Anne Cross Bsc NMed – From Stressed to Blessed
“Enormous thanks to Angela Clarence for putting the idea in my head, for daily emails of encouragement and advice on so many aspects of being a writer, and for all the care and attention to detail in the editing.”
Diana Basterfield – Creating an Oasis of Peace