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Stories find shapes

‘I have been writing for as long as I can remember,’ writes subscriber Karen Ankers.

‘I always enjoyed playing with words. At the age of seventeen, I joined the Chester Poets. These were the first people to take my scribblings seriously, and I probably wouldn’t be writing today if it wasn’t for their early support. Publication in several of their anthologies encouraged me to send more work out, and I had poems published here and there in the ensuing years.

‘It wasn’t until my three children grew up and left home that I decided it was time to take my writing more seriously. After spending some time acting in a local repertory company, I tried my hand at writing plays. Eight of my one-act plays have now been published by Lazy Bee Scripts and have been performed in the UK, USA, Australia and Malaysia. Last year I brought out my first poetry collection, One Word At A Time, which is described by poet/ performer Laura Taylor as “a collection that shines with honesty and integrity”.

This year sees the publication of my first novel, The Crossing Place, by Stepping Stones Publishing. It is a darkedged contemporary love story, set in Chester, in which a desperate decision made by a young homeless couple has farreaching consequences.

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In this month's issue of the UK's bestselling magazine for writers, we show you how to sell your book, with tips on how to get your book into bookshops and why, and how, you need to assemble a press pack. In the June issue, you can find out how facing up to failure as a writer can be the first step to success. Learn how to use a second person 'you' narrator in your fiction, and explore the opening of seminal adventure novel King Solomon's Mines. Our star interview is Alison Weir, discussing combining historical rigour with fiction vigour in her Six Tudor Queens series of novels. Keep up to date with the latest competitions and opportunities to get into print in the packed pages of the latest Writers News.

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