‘Well-paced … genuinely gripping’ Historical Novels Review
Jessica is grieving for her beloved father, trawler owner Jacob Kingdom, when a heated confrontation ends with her being cast out from the family home and the revelation of a shameful secret. She falls upon the kindness of strangers and meets a charismatic trawlerman, who is proud to walk out with Kingdom’s daughter.
But with her cold-hearted brother at the helm of the family business, there is discontent rising, and being Kingdom’s daughter begins to lose its charm. With Jessica desperate to prove herself worthy to the tight-knit community, does she have what it takes to weather the storm to come, or will her secret hold her back?
GUEST POST FROM THE AUTHOR!
A week of bliss.
To spend a week with other writers is my idea of bliss. One of my favourite venues is Swanwick Writers’ Summer School. I first went twenty years ago and accommodation then was basic. I stayed in the Garden House, which had small rooms, furnished with a bed, clothes hanging space, chest of drawers and wash basin. Communal showers and if you wanted to use a hairdryer or electric appliance, sockets were in the corridor. This didn’t matter because the atmosphere and camaraderie between writers and tutors was fabulous. Plus, the varied quality of knowledge taught was so freely shared and discussed.
For various family and work related reason, I missed Swanwick for a few years. When I returned, gone was the old Garden House building. During WW2 it was a German and Italian POW camp, complete with an underground escape tunnel. Now in its place is first class accommodation. What made Swanwick extra special that year was the celebration of its 70th Anniversary. The anniversary buzz lasted all the week and on the festive evening was a fabulous gala dinner and plenty of partying afterwards. Every day the food was superb, but that evening, the catering staff surpassed themselves to create a delicious, splendid meal.
I met up with old friends and I made lovely new friends, who I am in regular touch on social media and we meet up occasionally. In fact, everyone at Swanwick was friendly, generous with their time and encouragement. The wonderful committee packed the weekly programme full of workshops, short courses, specialist courses, and a day for just writing. The workshop I chose was A-Z of Novel Writing with Simon Hall. It was excellent and made me think more deeply about my writing. I jotted brief notes, and to my amazement, when I returned home, I could download the tutor’s presentation of the full course.
The word Enneagram, I wasn’t sure of its significant to characters, but it intrigued me. So I attended the short course tutored by Veronica Bright, who had written a book on this. Subject. I learnt Enneagram is a structure made up of 9 points relating to the personalities of characters. I can liken it to the 12 signs of the zodiac which in the past, I have used for my characters. Both systems, though different, I find fascinating and can relate to in developing believable characters. Words are a writers’ tool, and the more I learn of them, the more my passion for writing gathers enrichment.
On an evening, I listened to the very interesting and excellent speakers. There was Sue Moorcroft, Sophie Snell, Amit Dhand and Simon Nelson. They shared their own brilliant brand of knowledge and humour.
One afternoon, I played truant and meandered around the pond, taking in the natural setting, so tranquil and relaxing. I felt inspired to sit and write, adding to my notes for my next book that is burning within me. As I am writing one book, I make notes for the next book. I have to capture the words free falling from my mind before they disappear.
Eagerly I look forward to my next stay at Swanwick and meeting up with friends and making new ones.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sylvia Broady was born in Hull and has lived in the area all her life, although she loves to travel the world. It wasn’t until she started to frequent her local library after World War II that her relationship with literature truly began, and her memories of the war influence her writing as does her home town. She has had a varied career in childcare, the NHS and the EYC Library Services, but is now a full-time writer.