02 March 2017
Writing success for Hanover’s third-age writers in residence
To celebrate World Book Day, we introduce four Hanover residents from around the UK who are enjoying a late passion for writing – with help from the digital age.
Paddy Stubbs from Ceres Court in Bude, Cornwall, is writing his seventh novel, which is a sequel to Spanner in the Works, a comedy adventure for young teens. His other novels include The Key to the Doors of Time, Descendant and a sword and sorcery trilogy. All the books are available as Amazon paperbacks and e-books.
Paddy has been writing since he was 15, but a flurry of early rejection slips led to him regretfully opting for a ‘real job that would pay the rent’. Then, more than 40 years later: ‘I stumbled upon Amazon’s Kindle e-book programme for unpublished authors, who appear to include most of the population of the UK. The rest, as they say, is history.’
Shirley McMurdo from Victoria Court in Harrogate is currently writing her fourth novel, under the pen name of Su Adams. Her three previous novels – Footsteps in the Sea, Nobody’s Killer and The Dragon in Paradise – have all been published by Amazon, as paperbacks and e-books.
Shirley says: ‘I’m now 85 and writing my fourth book, which is again a murder/mystery with lots of unexpected twists and turns.’
Peter McKeown from Hanover Glebe in Nuneaton recently won an award for one of his short stories. ‘Market Day’ recounts how he took to the reins to get a horse and trap, and a drunken older relative, safely back home after a busy and sociable day at the market. Peter has always written short stories, but the award came after he joined his local Writers’ Circle.
Rosalind Minett, who lives at a Hanover estate in Bradford-on-Avon, has written five novels, as well as a collection of satirical short stories.
Her latest novel, Impact: A Relative Invasion, is the third in a WWII trilogy, which is available on Amazon in paperback and as an e-book. Her inspiration came from an elderly man, who once told her he was the last child chosen by villagers when his school was evacuated. Rosalind is currently working on a series of short stories.
You can catch up with our talented writers, by selecting their books and stories on the Amazon website.