Category Archives: Fiction

On Saturday 11th November – We Were All At the Gladstone Museum!

I spent Saturday afternoon compering the reading event at the Gladstone Museum in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent where a splendid array of writers were strutting their literary stuff, and a good time was had by all! Continue reading

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Daemons of Devil’s End launch

Launching a new book is always an occasion, especially when it involves meeting up with old friends. So travelling down to London on Friday 10th November for the launch of the anthology The Daemons of Devil’s End (and the mirror twin Olive Hawthorne and the Daemons of Devil’s End) was always going to be a pleasure.

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Spooky Reads special on 6Towns radio tomorrow! #radio #spookyreads #halloween #@sot2021

Tomorrow (saturday 28th Oct) between 4pm and 6pm will be Spooky Reads on the 6TownsRadio digital station’s 6Towns Radio Curtain Call Show hosted by Becs and Rob!

 

Reading our spooky tales and  chatting about fiction of the creepy kind – with music to suit – will be writers from the city of Stoke-on-Trent and beyond: Jan Edwards, Debbi Voisey, Jack Lee, June Palmer, Bev Adams, Misha Herwin and Jem Shaw.

Listen if you dare!

People Are Watching… #authorselectric

Today I am blogging over at Authors Electric about who notices us (in a non-conspiracy sense 🙂  )

Eyes Are Always On You by Jan Edwards

If you ask writers why they write most will say tell you it is a compulsion, or, as Terry Pratchett once said, ‘writing is the most fun you can have by yourself.’ If we manage to make a few bucks in the process all the better. If we come to be recognised as a writer of some merit, better still, but to do that the writing needs a reader.  So how do we get noticed?… To read the rest click here.

 

Winter Downs reprise : Nelli Rees – the Casting #winterdowns #crime #reading

Continuing my reprise of the Winter Downs blog tour  here is the posting hosted by the writer and jazz singer Nelli Rees – originally posted here.

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Jan Edwards has had her new novel “Winter Downs” published (Penkhull Press). Find below more information about the book and the writer, as well as what Jan said when asked, who would be playing the main parts if her book were made into a film or a TV series (you all know my passion for movies!).

This is the reply I got from Jan to my question, who she would like to play the parts if the book were dramatised:

When Nelli asked me who I would cast for Winter Downs as a film or TV series I have to admit to a slight panic; not least because I can never remember names! After a monster Googling session I have come up with a few possibilities for just the main protags on either side. (The full cast would take months!).

As this is a game of fantasy casting I decided that money would be no object and angled that my imagination could come up with – taken from the great and the good in British acting!

Winter Downs the movie would star:

aaaaaThe good guys: Rose ‘Bunch’ Courtney: 30 years old. Dark hair and hazel eyes. More at home in jodhpurs than the designer clothes one of her standing is expected to wear. Very capable, athletic and terribly posh. Michelle Dockery would be the main woman. But Emily Blunt would also be a good fit, or Kate Beckinsale. Though Kristen Scott Thomas is the image I had in mind as I was writing.

aaaaa1Daphne ‘Dodo’ Tinsley – Bunch’s sister: 20 years old but the war has already made her a widow. She is shapely and blonde – young for her age but with a hint of sadness about her. Far more of a classic ‘English Rose’ than Bunch. Emma Watson was an obvious choice. Followed by Antonia Clarke, or Gabriella Wilde?

aaaa2Chief Inspector Wright : Forty+ years old. Tall, bordering on gaunt with a deceptive calm, which lulls suspects into mistaking him for an ordinary man. Jude Law or Benedict Cumberbatch are my obvious first choices, with James McAvoy as back up.

 

On the side of villainy:

aaaa3Olivia Tinsley: late 40s early 50s. An elegant woman with an edge, who knows what she wants and gets it. Joanna Lumley would always be my front runner, followed by Anna Chancellor.

 

aaa5Percy Guest : one of those men who looks anywhere between 35 and 50. An east end villain, slightly built with a whipcord agility, easy going charm that can switch into menace at a blink. David Tennant obviously! Subs on that team are Jason Flemyng or maybe Danny Dyer.

Now that I have got started I could go on… but five is probably enough

Winter Downs by Jan Edwards, Penkhull Press,ISBN 978-0-9930008-6-7

Available in Paperback and Kindle edition: UK  and US

Wise Words : Winter Downs

Here is the latest posting on Winter Downs posted recently with the writer Louse Wise on her Wise Words blogsite

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Secrets about my writing? Tricky. I have always seen myself as, if you’ll excuse the pun, an open book. Or am I?
Much of my short fiction is crime or horror based and there is a sort of a secret thread that emerges from time to time. Sometimes I like to let the bad guy win or at very least escape more or less intact, and in a few of my short horror stories it’s the victim who dies!
We all know that good does not always win even though we might want it to, and allowing evil to triumph in fiction reflects real life, and that’s what I like to do in my writing.
The line between light and dark is often more muddy grey marshland in my fiction. Sherlock Holmes allowed the villain to escape justice on many occasions, either because he felt that the crime was committed for the best of reasons or that the consequences of the arrest outweighed the crime itself.
Leaving the enemy to walk is a ruse best used where there are several offenders to choose from. Kill off or capture one (or more) and leave the last to run off into the darkness with murder and revenge in their black hearts…  Sorry, getting carried away.
In my defence, as the writer, I may want to use a particular villain again, which obviously can’t be done once I’ve killed them off. On the other hand –  I do also like destroying them in spectacular fashion.
Decisions, decisions…
Read more on writers and writing at https://louisewise.blogspot.com

In the News

If anyone takes the Weekend Sentinel around Stoke on Trent –  there is a 2 page article there on Winter Downs and me!  No link to the paper as yet – you’ll need to go out any buy it.