As I was standing in Asda, holding my copy and getting very excited, a woman came up to me and said, “Ooh, she was on the tele’ this morning!” [she meant Ms Keyes]. “And,” (she continued), “I thought to myself, ‘I’ve never read anything by her. Are her books any good?’”
So, then we had a long conversation about books (she liked psychological thrillers, in case you’re interested and I recommended a couple) and I thought I was never going to get away. It was like a Book Club meeting, only standing up, in front of a shelf of books, in a supermarket.
Finally, the woman said, “Ah well, I’d better be off. I only came in for carrots!” And off she went, empty-handed, which was a shame but she did like e-books rather than actual books (see, I found out lots), so perhaps she’d just gone home to download a couple.
Grazia And Women’s Prize for Fiction Writing Competition
Anyway, enough of all that. I have another FREE writing competition for you (did you enter any of those I blogged about at the end of January? No? Neither did I!)
You’ve got until 13th March to enter this one. It’s the Grazia first chapter competition.
They give you the opening paragraph of a story and you have to finish it in 800 – 1000 words.
Have a look here if you’re interested but don’t forget to read all the rules carefully before you submit.
One of them is, for example (sorry, chaps): “Open to female entrants (including those whose gender identity is female), only, as this is a female fiction writing competition.”
In other news, it was the Bonnie baby’s 7th birthday this week. Here she is, looking glam, with just a hint of distinguished grey on her muzzle.