When it's cold and wet outside, the perfect antidote is to curl up inside with a good crime story. Midwinter Mysteries is a Christmas crime anthology by authors published by Sapere Books, and there's something here to suit everyone, from fraudulent mediums to a dead Santa.
My story, 'Secret Santa', gives Eden Grey a case right on her doorstep, when she receives a mysterious note asking her 'Who is following me?' Who sent the note, is that person being followed, and why? As usual, things are never quite as they first seem.
If you'd like to know more about how I wrote the story, and what it's like writing a Christmas story during the warmest Easter on record, check out my blog post It's Christmas! Writing a Seasonal Story.
You can buy Midwinter Mysteries in Kindle and paperback here.
Knife Edge: An Anthology of Crime, Thriller, Mystery and Suspense Stories, published by Marble City Publishing.
My story 'Supermarket Sweep' is a twisted tale of supermarket singletons and murder.
The Asham Award collection, published by Bloomsbury.
My story 'Winnebago Nomad' is set in the Australian outback, and explores a woman's coming to terms with the end of her marriage and her life.
Magazine Short Stories
I'm a regular contributor of short stories to women's fiction magazines, and have published stories in Woman's Weekly, Take a Break, That's Life Fast Fiction (Australia) and the People's Friend.
Short Story Competitions
My short stories have won prizes in the Asham Award, Author v Author, Scribble, Knife Edge, Wells Literary Competition, Writers' Bureau, Writers' Forum, Multistory, Writers' and Artists' Yearbook, New Writers, Women Writers' Network, Scribblers Literary, Golden Gateway and Freestyle short story competitions. I have been published in Scribble and the Nottingham Review.
Short Story Competition Judging
I have judged two writing competitions: the 2017 Cheltenham Writers' Circle Writing Competition, and in 2018 I was the prose judge for the Gloucestershire Writers' Network Writing Competition, part of the Cheltenham Literature Festival.