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Today I took a step that I've dithered over for far too long. As a published writer, most of my work has been part of anthologies and magazines, ie appeared side-by-side with other authors. In a way that has been a comfort blanket, the presence of others giving me something to hide behind. But, if I'm ever going to get anywhere, I'm going to have to go it alone and so in a few days time, this little lovely will appear up on amazon.
It contains poetry, both published and unpublished, that's been lurking in my folders for far too long. In particular the section of twisted rhymes takes me right back to when I first started posting work online (at a now defunct site called ReadWave). I took a few traditional rhymes, eg Jack and Jill and gave them a dark twist. If I just say my new version is now called Jill, you may get an idea of what happened. Anyway, they were well received and I wrote a number of other versions of Mother Goose's traditional verses - but I never did anything with them. That has changed and they form part of this collection.
It's only available on Kindle at the moment. I might sort out a print version at some point down the line but just getting it out there was my main challenge.
Look out for it and let me know what you think.
NB. Anybody living in Southampton might recognise the place in the cover (Weston Shore). I was going to buy a 'proper' cover but certain expenses came up to throw a spanner in the proverbial works and so went DIY. The fonts were advised by my youngest daughter, Rhonwen. For as long as I can remember she's had a thing about fonts, it's very noticeable on the bus ride into town when she heaps criticism on various shop front graphics! All my kids actually are vocal in their approval or not of fonts. I think it must be a generational thing ...
A writer - I think that says it all.