Untold Stories

“To make something is an expression of freedom, no matter what your circumstances.” Annie Barrows, 2019

Photograph of book cover taken by Francesca Tyer

week I was lucky enough to speak with author Annie Barrows about her
co-authorship of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. The
primary author, Mary Ann Shaffer, who was Annie Barrows aunt, became ill
shortly after the book was accepted by a publisher. The book still needed
editing and Mary Ann asked her niece to finish it for her.

novel is set in 1946 and written in epistolary form, constructed through a
series of letters sent between characters. The story explores the German
occupation of Guernsey during World War Two and the effect this had on the
islanders. It’s protagonist, Juliet Ashton, is an author who compiles the
letters into a wonderful novel.


is 9:30am in California, where Annie…

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I’m still here!

Hello, I haven’t written anything on this blog for several years and thought I’d make a fresh start. I’ve only one module of a ten module writing course to complete, Hooray! Expect to get that finished soon. Also re-writing first of a trilogy that I had self-published on Amazon Kindle but decided a couple of years later that I cold write it better so took it off.  These other two books about the Baker family are un-published. I get a buzz from the writing and am not quite sure how to go about getting an agent because I think that is the way to get published ‘properly’.  At the same time am writing a fourth book in a quite different vein. I have no idea if anyone is ‘following’ this especially as it has not had anything new on for years.


I started writing on Monday. by yesterday my word count info told me I would finish my book by 6th January! A bit late! So today I worked harder and now it should be finished by 20th December. It would be good to get it finished before Christmas but really want to meet the 30th November deadline and get another bragging certificate!

Nanowrimo progress

Day three and I have finally got going on my third Nanowrimo book. 1002 words so a few to go!


So, I need to get started on my third novel tomorrow with little thought given to what I will write. Having half the family for the weekend might not have been the best idea. May not get started until Tuesday. We’ll see. Have registered the title with Nanowrimo.

I am half-way through the writing course I began earlier in the year, had to stop to care for allotment and garden. Now harvesting is over and everywhere almost closed down for the winter months so looking forward to getting back to it.

Also considering writing a third Nanowrimo novel!

Writing Course

Have started first writing course courtesy of Amazon special offer. So far have discovered that my method of writing a novel (for nanowrimo) goes against all the rules! Nevertheless got 100% on first module, waiting to see how I get on with Module 2, found it a bit of a struggle to write a pitch for my proposed novel in one sentence. Could almost believe verbosity is my middle name.