Growing Writers

There’s nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.

Ernest Hemingway

I love the idea of ’emerging’ talent; like a butterfly emerging from its cocoon, previously hidden in the process of some amazing transformation – what could be more exciting than a caterpillar turning into a beautiful butterfly – and with a book under its wing?

With this in mind I dedicate this page to new and some not so new writers whose dedication to craft and excellence I admire and want to acknowledge.



Final Book Cover with dead body

I’m delighted to feature, hot off the press, my friend Claremary Sweeney’s latest book: Last Train to Kingston. With a number of publications already under her belt, this is Clare’s first foray into murder mystery and I can’t wait to read it!

A sneak peek via synopsis:

On a chill November night, Thea Lorimar arrives on the last train to the small village of Kingston, Rhode Island. She patiently waits, unaware of her killer lurking in the darkness. 
South Kingstown’s Detective Lieutenant Kara Langley is charged with unraveling the clues left behind to discover what brought the victim to this picturesque New England Village. Who would have reason to murder this gentle recluse? Langley and her team are determined to find answers and catch the person responsible for this disquieting death in a town once affectionately known as Little Rest.

For a look at Clare’s other publications including A Berkshire Tale, an adult/ children’s book about an endearing little cat called ZuZu, do visit her website. 


The following book by Hazel Barker is being released in September. It’s a memoir based on her personal story of growing up in war-torn Burma. Hazel says: ‘Within the context of a familiar war, Heaven Tempers the Wind tells an unfamiliar story that will also be of interest to readers who still live with memories of the war in Asia’. I can’t wait to read it.

Heaven Tempers the Wind. Story of a War Child tells the story of a Eurasian family caught up in the Japanese occupation of Burma during World War Two. Much of the family story is told from the point of view of the fourth child. It depicts their flight from invading forces, and gives vivid accounts of the war.

The narrative follows the family from a comfortable life under British colonial rule, to the invasion of a foreign power which renders them homeless, sick and starving. The story concludes with the end of war.

heaven tempers the wind cover

7 responses to “Growing Writers

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  2. This is now on my list read if I ever finish my own mystery! Will no one rid me of this turbulent book? (I lifted this from king Henry II) Forgive me, It’s late and I’ve been tethered to my laptop working on character development for the entire day!

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    • Of course I forgive you – I’m a writer too. Not too many words lately though. This book I’ve featured here is one of a trilogy written by a crime writer friend of mine- all self published.
      I love the quote! ‘Turbulent’ aptly describes the writers journey I think. I’d love to hear more about your new book. Maybe a post in the new year? Someone said writing was easy – you just sit down at the typewriter and open a vein. Might have been Hemingway? Another good quote anyway. Good luck with your writing!

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      • Yes, that sounds aptly Ernest to me. There is some disagreement on the original adjective used by Henry II to describe Thomas Becket (troublesome priest, meddlesome priest???) but I did like “turbulent” the best – and in the end, the ……priest was dead.and I am still miles away from writing the end of my mystery – although I do know who done it! Thanks, Robyn

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