Impostor syndrome

That's it, then, I've left my old life behind and I'm being let loose on a new one. Apparently, I have to stop being in shock at 1.writing a novel 2. getting an agent 3. being published. The quote was " You have to start owning it, Mum." ( You knew it was a daughter,... Continue Reading →

So it’s official!

I am a published author! Well, it’s on e books at the moment, the paperback version is coming out on 23rd Jan. The publishers emphasised this was a soft launch so I didn’t really get too excited but then everyone around me started to make a fuss and I suddenly thought: “No, this is a... Continue Reading →

The suspense…oh, the suspense

Do you remember that feeling when you'd done your exam and you were waiting for your results? Well, I've just sent off book 2, hopefully to be called 'Bobby's War' ( following 'Lily's War' ..see what I did there? Talk about creating your own brand) to my lovely agent and I'm now waiting to see... Continue Reading →

First gigs!

So this week, I'm doing two panels in my new official role as an author apparent. I'm not sure I'm ready for this. I mean I don't get published for another nine months so I feel a bit of a fraud really, but at least I have nine months from now to convince people I'm... Continue Reading →

A dress for all panels

Yolklore and Waterstones talk in Manchester So, what have I learned from my first two panel appearances as a soon-to-be-published author? Don't wear a dress that is straight and above the knee, that's what. The first panel was at the trendy Pot Kettle Black in Manchester and as soon as I spotted the lofty, steel,... Continue Reading →

Shirley Mann-published author-apparently

So, the toe in the water of getting an agent ( the wonderful Kate Barker) very quickly led on the exciting but terrifying offer of a two-book deal from Bonnier Zaffre publishers. The first one, 'Lily's War' will be published in January 2020 and the second one, "Bobby's War' will follow a year later. This... Continue Reading →

My secret life. Am I really an author?

So, I confess, I'm an author. Well, a sort of unpublished author but I'm determinedly optimistic. I've spent four years writing a novel very loosely based on my parents' war careers. A parallel story of a WAAF and a Desert Rat, to say I created problems for myself, would be an understatement- it took two... Continue Reading →

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