Hello! I’m Harriet, I’m English and I’m a writer. I’ve been living in France for 20 years, during which I’ve written 3 novels, lots of non-fiction features and have had short stories placed in several competitions. My partner is French and we have two teenage daughters.
I blog here about literary and other cultural events I attend, particularly those in France that concern English writers and readers. There are also some posts about my writing and my route to publication.
I’ve called this blog my playground because it’s also where I like to play with words and ideas. These are the ‘What-if‘s and ‘Why don’t‘s that get scribbled onto post-its (and promptly forgotten about). Sometimes the ideas are inspired from reading a book. Other times a walk in the countryside can give rise to an idea. And often ideas spark from discussions. There always seem to be more ideas than there is time to turn them into words. And from words into stories – well, there’s even less time for that.
On the subject of turning words into stories, my novels would like to introduce themselves.
I won’t spend too much time on my initial novel. Let’s just call it Novel Zero and pretend it doesn’t exist. (I hope I’m not inflicting any psychological damage on it by keeping it on a floppy disk. After all, I did learn loads from writing it. Perhaps one day it will rise from the bottom drawer and, Cinderella-style, find a Prince Charming. It will definitely have to dress up before it leaves the house, though).
My first novel, Tree Magic, was a runner-up in a first novel competition and has recently been published. The Watchword digital imprint of Impress Books released the ebook edition on 9th January 2017. A paperback version will be available from 1st March 2017.
Trees are awesome! We should talk about them more. Tree Magic features 13-year-old Rainbow. She discovers she has a unique gift for communicating with trees, which causes her all sorts of problems. Rainbow has a creative, hippie mother and a scientific stepfather. They’re both too busy making music or arguing to spend time with her – until she causes a fatal accident. That’s when she has to decide what to do about her gift.
My second novel, Red Lies, White Lies, is ready to be sent to agents. Well, maybe I should edit it just one more time. And I suppose I should actually contact the agents instead of simply thinking about it and browsing their websites. Anyway, Red Lies, White Lies is a mystery novel for adults and teenagers and is set in a French village. Here’s a short blurb:
In a rural French village a child disappears. The same morning, a man is left to die in a fire. When 17-year-old Erica Chasseux drags the young man from the burning hut, she discovers a web of intrigue involving love, lies, an escaped prisoner and the village wind farm.
My third novel… well, more about that later.
OK, the novels have had their say. You can find competition results in the ‘News‘ part of my blog and read some of my short stories by hovering over ‘My Fiction‘. If you’d like to know more about my background, read ‘What If‘; or give me a shout on my ‘Contact Me‘ page.
Now, back to the playground. Writing can be a lonely business. A playground is a good place to make friends and have some fun. If you’d like to play too, then come along and join me.