IMAGINE BEING A SUFFRAGETTE – AND WINNING A WRITING COMPETITION!

Signing at Rutherford's, Morpeth of No Greater Love (with 'grumpy man' anti-suffragist behind!) Photo by Jan Rowley

Signing at Rutherford’s, Morpeth of No Greater Love (with ‘grumpy man’ anti-suffragist behind!) Photo by Jan Rowley

Imagine being a suffragette? Then write your feelings and win a national writing competition! Take a look at this Emily Inspires competition:
http://www.listenupnorth.com/writer-profiles/writing-competition

Just one of the exciting events in the 2013 centenary celebrations of suffragette heroine, Emily Wilding Davison.

My own novel, No Greater Love, was inspired by Northumbrian Davison, and follows the turbulent life of Tynesider, Maggie Beaton in her fight for the vote and personal freedom. http://amzn.to/ZmIOb8

It was recently launched at Rutherford’s department store in Morpeth – the town where Emily’s family used to live – on International Women’s Day.

Husband Graeme got into role as the grumpy man in the bowler hat who argues with Maggie over a suffragette newspaper – but she gets the last laugh!

Jessica of Morpeth was the most stylish of hat-wearers on International Women's Day!

Jessica of Morpeth was the most stylish of hat-wearers on International Women’s Day!

So go on – have a go at the competition – and good luck!

FAMILY FACES – turning relations into fictional heroines

Great Aunt Lizzie

I’ve been spending an interesting time turning some of my bestselling sagas into ebooks and having new covers designed.  To make the books more personal, I have delved into the archives of family photo albums and chosen relations to illustrate my heroines!
For example, on the cover of The Suffragette is a photo of my great grand-aunt Elizabeth Maclagan, sister to my great grandmother Janet Gorrie who was a suffragette supporter in Edinburgh.  I don’t know if Elizabeth got involved herself, but she had three nieces who were campaigners for the Pankhursts’ WSPU.

For the Jarrow Trilogy, I have used other Maclagans on the fronts of The Jarrow Lass and A Child of Jarrow, chosing women from the right era for 19th century and Edwardian periods. 

My lovely Mum!

But for the third and final novel, Return to Jarrow, which is set in the 30s and 40s I have used a delightful picture of my own mother.  She was a young woman in the 1940s and embarking on an acting career, so is very photogenic.  I may use her again!

The new print versions are coming out in early September, but are being released as ebooks first.  They are already doing very well on Amazon Kindle – going into the bestseller lists for Family Sagas. 

Amazon ranking for 12 July 2011:

The Jarrow Lass –  #6 in Kindle Store > Books > Fiction > Family Saga

Child of Jarrow –  #11 in Kindle Store > Books > Fiction > Family Saga

Return to Jarrow –  #22 in Kindle Store > Books > Fiction > Family Saga

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