On 26th April I’ll be appearing at Worksop Library as part of a Girls’ Night Out event with four fabulous writers of top notch women’s fiction – Fiona Walker, Jojo Moyes, Claire Irwin and Amanda Brookfield. We’ll be chatting about our books and writing, and there’ll also be the chance to get make-up tips and treats from The Body Shop.
Tickets are just £3 including a glass of wine (and I hear there might even be cupcakes on offer…)
Get your tickets from Worksop Library.
I’ll be teaching another 6 week novel writing course, entirely online, starting 4th June. Booking is now open and you can reserve your space here. The first course, which ran at the beginning of the year, was a huge success, and all the students made real progress in their writing during the course.
The course is suitable for complete beginners, and you don’t need to have any experience in novel writing to take part – just plenty of enthusiasm and a willingness to work hard on your ideas… We cover everything from how to build and develop characters and a compelling story to how to edit your work. Each week you’ll get a full set of course notes including a homework exercise that you’ll complete and receive individual feedback on. There’s also a private forum where you can get to know your fellow students, discuss the course and ask me anything about the course or writing as we go along.
Full details of the course and an introductory video can be found on the Writers’ Workshop site here. Hope to see you there!
The exclusive Sainsbury’s competition to win one of ten bottles of Griffith Park sparkling wine PLUS a signed copy of my first novel, Luxury, is now up and running. One lucky winner will also receive a gift card for a top high street shop loaded with £100 to spend on a swanky new outfit (or maybe even a posh hat!).
The competition is open until 31st May. To enter, just follow this link, answer the simple question and enter your details.
From The Sun, March 18th.
“Violet’s hats are worn by the rich and famous all over the world, thanks to the milliner’s talent, and lifetime of grafting. Violet is now 60, and needs a successor – but who will it be?
When a man appears saying he is her brother she knows life will never be the same again and the secrets she’s struggled to conceal will come tumbling out.
A dazzling and delightful tale.”
“Born into a gypsy family, May Violet Cavalley doesn’t have the best start in life. Her father is a violent drunk, her mother won down by children and poverty. One terrible night, her father murders her first ove. May vows to testify against him – but as he is led away, he whispers a warning: ‘Blood betraying blood begets blood.’
Determined to improve life for her and her baby, Violet, as she now calls herself, exploits her gift for hat creation. Cavalley’s is born and all she touches turns to gold. But dark forces are at work. In the lives of her five children, tragedy strikes and Violet wonders if she is cursed. Now, gathered for her 60th birthday and with time running out as Violet’s illness takes hold, her children need urgent answers.
If long-haul travel’s on the cards, Jessica Ruston’s novel will make you yearn for delays!”