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Sabbie Dare and Friends

I have been writing fiction since my reception teacher, Mrs Marsden, put a paper and pencil in front of me. I can remember thinking; What? Do real people write these lovely books? I want to do that! I gained an MA in creating writing and sold my first books for children; Sweet’n’Sour, (HarperCollins) and Tough Luck, (Thornberry Publishing), both from Amazon. I also love writing short stories and they regularly appear in British anthologies. I now write crime fiction, published by Midnight Ink. The idea for In the Moors , my first Shaman Mystery came to me one day, in the guise of Sabbbie Dare. She came to me fully formed and said; “I'm a young therapist, a shaman, and sometimes I do get very strange people walking into my therapy room. Honestly, I could write a book about some of them...” I am a druid; a pagan path which takes me close to the earth and into the deep recesses of my mind. Shamanic techniques help me in my life - in fact they changed my life - although, unlike Sabbie, I’ve never set up a therapeutic practice...I’m too busy writing and teaching creative writing with the Open College of the Arts. I’m a fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Although I was born, educated and raised my two children in the West Country, I now live in west Wales with my husband James. IN THE MOORS, the first Shaman Mystery starring SABBIE DARE was released in the US in 2013 and UNRAVELLING VISIONS will be out this autumn, but you can already reserve your copy on Amazon. Join me on my vibrant blogsite, http://www.kitchentablewriters.blogspot.com where I offer students and other writers some hard-gained advice on how to write fiction.
Sarah Moss
August 2017
reviewed: On the Road by Cormac McCarthy
Cormac McCarthy is known for his gratuitous violence – blood, gore, screaming pain and horribly inflicted death. I’ve seen th...
May 2017
read and rated
text: Off the Peg; how Ottessa Moshfegh wrote Eileen
If you’ve been thinking of dashing off a thriller in the hope of great success in the book market, then I would have been the...
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April 2017
updated shelf
reviewed: Dracula by Bram Stoker
Bram Stoker's Dracula I was holidaying in Whitby when I first realised that Bram Stoker’s Dracula was a surprisingly modern...
April 2017
"In the Moors is a dark thriller, dealing with chilling serial crime but, due to the skill of the author’s writing and the hum..."
April 2017
text: Making a Drama of it–Writng with Tension
One of the most useful techniques writer can stuff under their belt is the ability to control tension and create drama in the...
April 2017
text: Amahl and the Night Visitors – a storytelling experience
Add Add caption caption Alongside my hubby, Jim, I love storytelling, and everything surrounding it… my...
April 2017
text: Writing before You start Writing
The writer’s greatest fear – the blank page or screen. You sit, ready to begin. You really, really want to write. In fa...
text: The Very Hard Work of Getting Published
The Very Hard Work of Getting Published Once again, I'm delighted to say that a previous student has contacted me to say t...
April 2017
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