I was completing a questionnaire the other day and one on the list was who inspired me to take up blogging. That would be Anne Goodwin who I met on a writer’s course a couple of years before. We bonded over long late night chats, the absurdities of our respective professions and our mutual determination to write that book that had been itching to emerge. Later she began her blogging odyssey, I subscribed and wondered at the confidence and quality of her contents. It was inspiring but could I…? Little me..?
‘Get on with it,’ was essentially her message and so, six years ago, off I went. And I’ve really not looked back.
Neither of us have. She wrote that book, me too. Hers remains a stellar debut and was shortlisted for the 2016 Polari First Book Prize. Sugar and Snails is tremendous, both character and plot driven and a compelling read. Not an easy one; the subject matter is one that strikes at the emotions at so many levels, but you won’t regret joining Diana on her journey.
I was lucky; I got to see it during several iterations, from the merely good to the distinguished and delightful work it is today. And the good news is you can enjoy it to by joining in during Freebie February (I made that up).
Basically sign up to her newsletter below and you can have it free during February. Truly you won’t regret it. If you’d like a taste this is the blurb:
At fifteen, she made a life-changing decision. Thirty years on, it’s time to make another.
When Diana escaped her misfit childhood, she thought she’d chosen the easier path. But the past lingers on, etched beneath her skin, and life won’t be worth living if her secret gets out.
As an adult, she’s kept other people at a distance… until Simon sweeps in on a cloud of promise and possibility. But his work is taking him to Cairo, the city that transformed her life. She’ll lose Simon if she doesn’t join him. She’ll lose herself if she does.
Sugar and Snails charts Diana’s unusual journey, revealing the scars from her fight to be true to herself. A triumphant mid-life coming-of-age story about bridging the gap between who we are and who we feel we ought to be.
Anne is the author of two novels and a short story collection. Her next novel will be out later in the year. Meanwhile to read for free her debut novel, Sugar and Snails about a woman who has kept her past identity a secret for thirty years you must subscribe to her newsletter: https://www.subscribepage.com/sugar-and-snails-free-e-book
Go on, you know it makes sense!
And here are the social media linkies for you. Try her blog, too.
Link tree https://linktr.ee/annecdotist
Amazon author page: viewauthor.at/AnneGoodwin
YouTube: Anne Goodwin’s YouTube channel