Nikki Copleston is a crime writer who was the granddaughter of a policeman and feels she has an affinity with the force. She is conscientious about her work - she writes every day and when not in front of her computer, her mind revolves around her plot. But she has found that she has also to be active in marketing her book, even if raising her literary profile means taking a few risks. 'Natural modesty is not much use to a writer,' she says. So she now has a blog, a Facebook page, and has developed a crime-writers’ workshop for beginners.
Her advice to new writers is to Read, Read, Read! ‘You learn from good writers, become analytical. You also learn not to be too precious about your own words and characters. If they don’t serve the plot, get rid of them!’
Nikki is a trustee of Frome Writers' Collective, a member of the Frome Small Publishers' Fair group and a member of West of England Authors group.
Read her blog at at nikkicopleston.com.
Brenda Bannister is a talented and successful storywriter. She has published seven stories in Woman’s Weekly, came second in the 2012 Wells Festival Short Story Competition, has had two poems published and writes a regular column for the Western Daily Press.
Her first novel explores the lives of two disparate teenage girls; one, the Edwardian daughter of a tobacco merchant, the other the youngest daughter of a Bangladeshi family. Their connection is the house they both live in - a hundred years apart. Both a ghost story and a social commentary, it describes the effect of family influences on them both. Brenda's inspiration came from the old houses in the area in London's East End, where she used to work, and the changes they had witnessed.
She believes in writers helping writers and she put this into practice by becoming a founder member and trustee of the Frome Writers Collective.
Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/thetissueveil/?fref=ts
Wendy Worley lives on the Mendip Hills near Frome. As a child, Wendy always had her nose in a book, and spent many hours browsing in the local library. Her working career began as a scientist, followed by a brief spell in the Met Office and a post in building research.
It was when Wendy moved on to become a school science technician, however, that her literary interests re-emerged and she volunteered to run the school library. A few years and an Open University degree later, she joined Sidcot School as a full time librarian.
There, she immersed herself in children’s literature and in organising author events where the contact with a host of talented authors inspired her to write herself.
Being an author is now her full-time occupation and she is currently working on her second manuscript, a fictional tale set in the Lake District. Wendy continues to be an enthusiastic reader and regularly reviews books for the School Library Association.