Welcome to the Write Minds blog. We have both been successful at selling short stories to women’s magazines around the world. We are also both members of The Romantic Novelists’ Association New Writers’ Scheme, working hard on our latest novels.
Hello from Francesca Capaldi Burgess
Several years ago, I pursued a childhood dream and joined a creative writing class. With lots of published short stories, a serial, and four pocket novels under my belt, I’ve now explored my mother’s family and cultural history for a series of novels set in a Welsh colliery village. These are published by Hera Books. I think my mother would have approved as she was a lovely improvised story teller herself. I belong to the Romantic Novelists’ Association and the Society of Women Writers and Journalists, where I’ve made some lovely friends. A history graduate and former teacher, I live in Kent with my family and a cat called Lando Calrissian.
Hello from Elaine Roberts
I had a dream to write for a living. I completed my first novel in my twenties and received my first very nice rejection. Life then got in the way until circumstances made me re-evaluate my life, and I picked up my dream again in 2010. I joined a creative writing class, The Write Place, in 2012 and shortly afterwards had my first short story published. I was thrilled when many more followed and started to believe in myself. As a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, progressing to full membership from the New Writers Scheme with The Foyles Bookshop Girls, and The Society of Women Writers & Journalists, I attend many conferences, workshops, seminars and wonderful parties. Meeting other writers gives me encouragement, finding most face similar problems. My patient husband, Dave, and I have five children who have flown the nest. Home is in Dartford, Kent and is always busy with our children, grandchildren, grand dogs and cats visiting. Without my wonderful family and supportive friends, I know the dream would never have been realised.
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