Hello and welcome to my Blog.
After many years in the International Music Business I’ve at last managed to find time for myself and pursue a career in writing.
About 6 years ago I decided to stop thinking about writing and get on with it.
With encouragement from my husband and a good family friend, CHRISTINA JONES, who is also the author of many Award-winning books, I took my first steps.
I her friend read my work and to my utter surprise and delight she liked what I’d written and she has encouraged me in all that I’ve written.
So much so, that in May 2017 our co-written novel will be published by Accent Press Ltd.
It is called ONLY ONE WOMAN
Christina Jones and Jane Risdon
USA and Canadian Rights for Paperback Audio and e-Book have already been sold
I won’t spoil things by giving anything away but suffice to say this book is not in my usual genre – Crime/Mystery.
Keep an eye out for publicity about this nearer publication.
Here is a clue!
March 2017 sees the publication of anthology
A Stab in the Dark: Cons, Dames and G-Men
in which I have a short story
The story is set in the world of Hollywood in the Golden Age of Detection, a first for me.
My inspiration came from a family member I have been researching – I’m a Family History fan – called Elizabeth Risdon, and her career in Hollywood which included many major movie roles. She appeared with Lupe Velez (The Mexican Spitfire) many times and the story of Lupe Velez and her death got the little grey cells spinning. The result being Cue Murder.
More details to follow nearer the publication date.
14th February 2017 I had a short story in
Ghostly Writes Valentines Anthology 2017.
My story is called
and as with all my stories it is not what it seems.
The links are too numerous to add her but do go to
Amazon, Kobo and iTunes etc
and you will find it there.
FREE to download and there will be a Paperback for sale too.
20th. October 2016 I had a short story in an anthology published in aid of
The International Children’s Charity
Save The Children
which is available in Hardback and Paperback.
The hardback is illustrated throughout.
There are two paperback covers to choose from and these are illustrated throughout as well.
Check my blogroll for links to sites selling this book which is available only until the end of January 2017.
Madame Movara’s Tales of Terror
Several successful authors contributed and the forward was written by
Hammer Horror Icon and Cult Actress
30th October 2016
Ghostly Writes Anthology
was published by Plaisted Publishing House
which included my short story
The Beneficiaries of Secret Cottage
FREE to download
from Amazon, Koko, iTunes and more and a Paperback is on sale via Lulu.com
I struck lucky early on with my writing and was included in several Anthologies, along with Award-winning authors, where my short stories were well received. You can find details of the books and stories further down.
In September 2014 after trying my luck with only 5 publishing companies I was signed by Accent Press Ltd and included in two Anthologies alongside more successful and Award Winning authors.
In December 2014 Accent Press Ltd published
Wishing On A Star
which features my short story:
Merry Christmas Everybody
This is my second publication with the company
which is another anthology with fab 5 star reviews of my work.
My first outing with them was a challenge for me – a Ghost story for Halloween.
My first real ghost story to be honest.
Shiver (Accent Press Ltd)
was published in October 2014 and has been a great success.
It was on the Amazon Best Seller list with several 5 star reviews of my story:
The Haunting of Anne Chambers.
I have contributed two short stories to an anthology published in print and eBook in December 2013.
It is called In A Word: Murder
It is in aid of The Princess Alice Hospice, Farnham, Surrey and the project is the brain-child of
Mystery Author Margot Kinburg.
My stories are called ‘Dreamer’ and ‘Hollywood Cover up’.
It’s available on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk
Again my writing has been well received.
Another anthology I have contributed to
I Am Woman volume one
is in aid of the charities, Women’s Aid, Women for Women, and Breakthrough.
My short story is called The Look.
This is still for sale at amazon.co.uk and amazon.com
I have had two short stories included in an anthology called Telling Tales by Writers for Welfare – this is in aid of the charity, The Norfolk Hospice, and my stories are: The Debt Collector and The Ghost in the Privy. Until recently this was in hardback, paperback and eBook. However, due to various complications, it is no longer available via http://www.lulu.com.
I have had several pieces of Flash fiction and various Short stories published on Morgen Bailey’s Writing Blog http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/ and subsequently Pod-cast by Morgen with links to Twitter and various other social networks found on her links to these, on her Writer’s Blog.
Recently my Flash Fiction story Changing The Guard found itself on YouTube read by Canadian Voice Over Actor,
Elijah will be recording more of my stories in the future.
I love reading and when I am not writing I can be found with my nose in a book, usually Crime, Mystery, Thriller or Espionage which I adore.
Soon I hope to complete working on my Crime Novel, Ms Birdsong Investigates: Murder in Ampney Parva
about a 40 something ex MI5 agent who has retired (under a cloud) to a rural village where she hopes to lose herself and anyone who might be seeking her.
Murder most foul ensues and she finds her old investigative juices flowing once more, and her talent for surveillance comes in handy as she sets out to discover ‘who dunnit,‘ and why? Suddenly her past comes rushing back as she bumps into someone she thought she would never see again and from whom she has been hiding.
Ms Birdsong Investigates should be completed late 2015 and published soon after, and it is the first in a series I am writing.
At the present I have two other Ms B books in various stages of completion.
Lavinia Birdsong is NOT a Miss Marple figure;
she is much harder, and of her era, happy using all the modern technology available to her as she sets about investigating murder and more.
Because I am crazy (well, I must be) I am working on several other projects as well:
The White Haired Man (novel)
Mumbai Guest House (c) Jane Risdon 2014
set in Mumbai and following two English men caught up in the Mumbai bombings of 2008
and how they survive having lost everything, including the means to return home.
They meet a character from the Mumbai under-world, The White Haired Man,
and are soon caught up in his world.
Their adventures find them appearing in
Bollywood movies and television shows with some of Bollywood’s biggest stars.
I have several short stories I want to get published as soon as I can knock them into shape and I am working on a
series of short stories for a book called God‘s Waiting Room.
The Ghost in the Privy (pub in Telling Tales) was one such story originally in God’s Waiting Room.
A departure from Crime, these stories are what I label ‘Gentle Humour.’
In addition to all this I have had a couple of stories published in on-line magazines, received lots of blogging awards (too numerous to post) and I have been honoured to be the Guest writer on many other Author’s Blogs and featured on their pages; this has been such fun, and if you want to read what I had to say do please go to my Menu and check out Taster, Blogs, and so on there. You can also scroll down my blog-roll for links.
What with numerous short stories and two other novels in the pipeline I am a busy bee – I hope 2015/16 is the year I get these books out and into print. I often venture away from Crime and into humour (general fiction) too…letting the story take me; whatever inspires me.
I walk a lot and take lots of photographs and these are often what I use as visual notes for my stories. Walking, the countryside, thinking about plots, and taking photos – relaxation and fun for me, when I am not reading or writing.
In my previous life I was in the International Music Business working with recording artists, songwriters, producers and music publishing. It took up every second of my life (and my family’s) for decades, and so now it is wonderful to be able to spend time writing; something I have longed to do since childhood. I have been instrumental in the success of others and now I want to be the instrument of my own success – for me – for a change.
Well, that is it about me. I do hope you will find it all of enough interest to become a friend, and to take my journey with me. Any comments you would like to share with me (and my wonderful followers), are most welcome.
If you want to catch up with little snippets about my life in music then do visit In The Mix – see main menu – where you’ll find lots to entertain (I hope) and make you giggle. Exploits with my bands and artists on the road and in the studio.
Thank you so much for visiting my blog and for reading all about me and my work.
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