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

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. ‘


‘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.

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