Tender-eyed, young and sweet,
Just a foal on unsure feet,
Nestling close to his wise mother,
To this one horse, he knows no other.
Running free and having fun,
No cares yet for this little one.
I wrote this poem when I was about 14 and it was published in Pony Club Annual.
I won a copy of the annual and £1. I’d long since lost my copy but found this one on eBay… for £1.
I’ve always enjoyed writing and creating characters and storylines but there’s nothing here that hinted at crime writing.
I’d come back from holiday and was awake through the night with jet lag. Although I was working on a book at the time it felt natural to use those few days to produce something completely different.
It was a short story about a young woman, Kat, who hopes to move back to her childhood home of Cambridgeshire.
Fest Fatale was written as a tongue-in-cheek look at crime writing festivals, authors, agents and booksellers. It first appeared in a mini-fanzine format and was later included in the Mammoth Book of Best British Crime, Volume 9.
Amazon reviewer Warren Stalley writes: ‘A woman working at a hotel book event discovers a dead body. But as the police investigate in a room full of crime writers, agents and publishers there are too many suspects to choose from in this interesting take on the crime writing business.’
A Time to Seek first appeared in the Cambridge News, serialised over two consecutive nights and timed to co-incide with the release of the 5th Goodhew novel, The Backs.
A Time to Seek is the first short story featuring DC Gary Goodhew, and it was published in the Mammoth Book of Best British Crime, Volume 11.
Heffers Bookshop in Cambridge is the home of a wonderful crime fiction department overseen by the equally wonderful Richard Reynolds. Every year he has hosted an exciting array of crime related events and to celebrate the annual Bodies in the Bookshop event he, along with author Len Tyler and reviewer Ayo Onatade compiled a collection of 21 writing related crime short stories. The anthology is published by Ostara Publishing.
Death of the Author challenges DC Gary Goodhew with a fatal stabbing on Midsummer Common.
My husband, Jacen Bruce, is a musician and songwriter. Sometimes he asks me if I would like to write lyrics for a song and I always jump at the chance. Lyrics never contain many words – particularly compared to a book – and that means that they need to be used carefully. Every word must be made to work hard so writing lyrics, or poetry, is a great exercise for any writer. I love music so, for me, I pick lyrics.