This website use cookies and similar technologies to improve the site and to provide customised content and advertising. By using this site, you agree to this use. To learn more, including how to change your cookie settings, please view our Cookie Policy
Pocketmags Digital Magazines
CA
Pocketmags Digital Magazines
   You are currently viewing the Canada version of the site.
Would you like to switch to your local site?
Digital Subscriptions > Writing Magazine > June 2017 > SUBSCRIBER SPOTLIGHT

SUBSCRIBER SPOTLIGHT

Share your writing success stories. If you subscribe to Writing Magazine and would like to feature here, email Tina Jackson, tjackson@warnersgroup.co.uk

Tara‘s daily life of crime

‘I ‘ve loved writing and creating stories since I was a young girl, but I never believed my books would be good enough to publish, ‘writes subscriber Tara Lyons.

‘I found it easy to find reasons not to write and, despite studying English Literature at university, I pushed away my love of reading to concentrate on “normal life “.

‘However, it was in 2012 my “normal life “ changed dramatically – I became a mother, and it had a domino effect on my world: after my maternity leave, I accepted redundancy from a career I‘d been in for eight years and my grandad was diagnosed with cancer. My “normal life “ soon revolved around my family, and nothing else.

‘Sadly, in February 2015, my grandad lost his battle and I was hit with grief – I finally understood the pain of loss that I‘d watched so many others go through. Reading, again, became my pastime, and I delved into the lives of fictional characters. It wasn‘t long before I was jotting down my own notes, letting the darkness of my sorrow seep into the characters I was creating.

‘I turned thirty later that year, and my friends gifted me with a laptop – knowing it had always been my dream to write. With my son approaching nursery age, I suddenly had the tools and the time to do what I really enjoyed.

‘Thanks to the friendship and encouragement from admirable indie author MA Comley, I self-published my solo crime/thriller debut novel, In the Shadows, in March 2016. Since then, I have co-authored a novella (Web of Deceit) and the first novel in a new crime series (The Caller) with MA Comley, had my short story (Never Tell a Lie) published in a crime charity collection called Dark Minds and was nominated in the Metamorph Publishing Indie Book Awards 2016.

‘But my dream really came true in August 2016, when I signed a book deal with the formidable Bloodhound Books. With their help, In the Shadows was made into a crime series, and they published No Safe Home, book two in The DI Hamilton series, in January. I‘m currently working on the third in the series, which will be published later this year. This is now my “normal life “ and I‘m so thankful for every opportunity I ‘ve been given in order to follow my ambition. ‘

Website: www.taralyonsauthor.blogspot.co.uk

‘Digging deep

After my retirement I knew the time had come that I did something about all the words that filled my head, so opted for a Creative Writing Course with Writing Magazine where I received great encouragement from Sue Johnson, ‘ writes subscriber Trudy Smith.

READ MORE
Purchase options below
Find the complete article and many more in this issue of Writing Magazine - June 2017
If you own the issue, Login to read the full article now.
Single Issue - June 2017
$6.99
Or 699 points
Annual Digital Subscription
Only $ 4.58 per issue
SAVE
34%
$54.99
Or 5499 points
6 Month Digital Subscription
Only $ 5.00 per issue
SAVE
28%
$29.99
Or 2999 points
Monthly Digital Subscription
Only $ 5.49 per issue
SAVE
21%
$5.49
Or 549 points

View Issues

About Writing Magazine

Unlock your creativity: • 25 writing exercises to stimulate your senses • Don't fret about downtime – why you need a change of pace • Try the 1,000-word challenge for simpler, clearer writing Star interview: Katherine Webb talks about the emotional dramas and hidden histories in her bestselling novels WIN! £44,750 in writing prizes, and discover the latest opportunities to get into print and earn from your writing in Writers' News

Other Articles in this Issue