On July 7th 2005, London is high on the success of winning the 2012 Olympics bid. The celebrations come to an abrupt end when terrorists attack the city’s transport network, striking Underground trains and a bus during the morning rush hour.
At the other side of the country, in comparatively peaceful, beautiful Cornwall, aspiring journalist Jamie Calder finds her own life directly affected by the bombs. Her partner Dave vanishes in London at the same time the attacks take place.
The initial impact of that terrible day is followed by a slow but sure falling apart of the life Jamie believed was settled and secure. As well as Dave’s mysterious disappearance, she finds she has to face a betrayal by her best friend, and the prospect of losing her job.
Meanwhile, a gang of teenagers is wreaking havoc in the town that Jamie loves, culminating in a brutal attack on an elderly lady and adding to Jamie’s inner turmoil.
The following months hold a number of challenges for Jamie, demonstrating that life does not always run to plan and that things are not always as they may first seem.
Only time will tell whether this is necessarily a bad thing.
Writing the Town Read is full of intrigue, angst, excitement and humour. The evocative descriptions and convincing narrative voice instantly draw readers into Jamie’s life as they experience her disappointments, emotions and triumphs alongside her.
The story focuses strongly on characters and their relationships. Jamie, while believing herself wronged by so many, also finds she has much to learn about life, particularly when it comes to her strong principles and idealistic ways.
Writing the Town Read was inspired by a number of factors, including the beauty of Cornwall, the effects of terrorism, local newspapers, and some of the social issues of the 21st century. It has received excellent reader reviews on Amazon and other book review sites, such Author Alliance and Goodreads. It may appeal primarily to a female readership but it has also received numerous positive reviews from male readers.
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Biography: I live in sometimes sunny Shropshire with my husband and two children, and I run a small publishing business working with other independent authors. I always, always wanted to write yet I chose to study Philosophy at University, not English. With my interesting but not very practical degree tucked under my arm, I set out into the world in 1998, ready to take on some interesting and creative jobs. I ended up processing building society account applications, followed by a range of similarly unsatisfying jobs for various companies. I eventually moved on to more interesting roles within the ICT and charity sectors, but all the while I wanted to write.
I began and gave up on a couple of novels but once the idea of Writing the Town Read had hooked me, I was committed, though it still took a long time to complete. In parallel, I was taking a course in proofreading, with the Publishing Training Centre.
In 2009 I set up as a freelance proofreader and I completed the first draft of Writing the Town Read… and I gave birth to a little girl. It was a busy year. Since then, all of these things have grown and progressed. I now run a small publishing house, freelance as an editor, proofreader and copywriter, and my little girl is not so little. She also has a brother now, and Writing the Town Read has a novel to follow in its wake, hopefully later this year.