I’m a newcomer to writing fiction.

I’m currently working (slowly) on a novel set in rural Wales in the 1930s and 1940s, based on the life of my grandmother. Its tentative title is ‘At Home With Emily’ and it’s currently at the working draft stage.

In 2019, I entered Furious Fiction 8 times (not quite the 12 I’d planned, but 8/12 isn’t too bad). This competition, hosted by the Australian Writers’ Centre, requires a 500-word short story, written in under 55 hours, and meeting specific guidelines. I used the competition to examine my fiction-writing processes and to improve my writing speed.

My 2019 entries appear below. I’m taking a break from this comp now – otherwise that promised novel will never be written.

January Furious Fiction entry: Desert Rose Dessert

February Furious Fiction entry: Keepers of Memory

March Furious Fiction entry: Road Trip

April Furious Fiction entry: Entering Wonderland

May Furious Fiction entry: A Modern Celt

June Furious Fiction entry: Perilous Pink

July Furious Fiction entry: Rhythm of the Train

October Furious Fiction entry: The Novelist