When I won the People’s Friend serial competition, Douglas McPherson contacted the editor Shirley Blair asking if she’d be interested in a “fly-on-the-wall type of feature on Helen and her winning entry, following the whole process from her original idea to the writing of the concluding episodes and any input you have into the story along the way.”
Obviously I was asked if I’d like to take part and although Douglas’s original idea was that it would run over a couple of issues, it’s actually going to be running over 3 – or even 4 – issues of Writers Forum now (maybe I talked too much?).
My friends think this is hilarious and that Douglas will be padding his articles with all kinds of random facts about me but I can assure you, that we’ve spoken on the phone three times, for about an hour each time and there is LOADS to say about the serial- writing process and I really don’t think he’ll have to include details such as how I take my tea (but if you’re reading this Douglas and kicking yourself that you didn’t ask me, it’s quite strong, not too milky and no sugar, thank you).
Part one is out now to coincide with the first part of the PF serial – now called ‘Where The Air Is Sweet’ – which is out THIS WEEK (tomorrow, in fact)! So, if you’re in or around WH Smiths, you might want to have a flick through the magazines (or even.. dare I suggest it.. buy them?!)