Today I’m delighted to welcome Samantha Henthorn, author of Edna and Genevieve Escape From Curmudgeon Avenue, to my blog to share with us ten things about herself!
Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Me
One: I used to be a psychiatric nurse. There is a long, boring story here… After twenty year’s service, the NHS decided to retire me because I have MS. However, nursing has gifted me with the skill of observation. I am a ‘people person’ one who knows a lot about people – even ‘nincompoops’ like the ones who live in my romantic-comedy-drama series Curmudgeon Avenue.
Two: I have only been to France twice during my life, even though most of Edna and Genevieve Escape From Curmudgeon Avenueis set in France. I went to Brittany when I was eleven years old on a family holiday. And Rocamadour – another family holiday this time with my…
I know it’s not New Year’s exactly, but my point is, we have all year to fulfil what we resolve to achieve. And if I don’t write it down, then I won’t do it…
First off health. Not really alternative, it’s a common theme in January. I don’t have much to say except in December, I read a health book called ‘The Healing Point’ by James Lilley. I learnt loads, and as soon as I get over this two week cold (two weeks everyone) then I am going to try his tips on better sleep -magnesium. I can’t say more READ IT!
Second on the list is to finish and publish book three of the Curmudgeon Avenue series ‘Edna and Genevieve Escape From Curmudgeon Avenue’ just a few tweaks, and providing my final two readers don’t return to me with a ‘STOP! Don’t publish this nonsense!’ It should be with us at the end of January. Should anyone want a free ARC in return for a review, give me a shout (this version will be a download minus the first chapter of the next book).
Third, and something I’m really excited about, my writer friend Maggie Melville and myself are collaborating on a short story collection called ‘THE WIT AND THE GRIT’ . We have lots to do, the majority is written but there are decisions to be made and so on. Maggie is so talented she writes some really dark, gritty stuff (you know the kind you find in bestsellers?) And as you know, I write quirky bits of nonsense. WATCH THIS SPACE.
Blogging. I resolve to continue blogging, this year there will be a slight change, I’m still going to be as random as ever, but once a month, I am hoping to produce a ‘writing topic post’ you may have seen last week’s ‘Reviewing books; there is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to be frightened of’ . In addition to this, I am hoping to serialise Curmudgeon Avenue into a weekly blog, I’ll have to give it a try because each chapter is 1000 words or thereabouts, possibly too long for a blog post but I’ve got nothing to lose.
Reading. Somehow, I have managed to accumulate over one hundred books on my to be read list. Ironically, as I finished ‘1984′ I realised that I had 101 books left to read. Mmm.
Well I think that’s quite enough for now, I quite like getting all rejuvenated in January.
My guest today is animal lover, avid reader, and author of uplit novels, Samantha Henthorn. Samantha has been a great supporter of this feature, so it’s a real pleasure to welcome her today as she shares her five photos with us.
I started following Sharon’s Five Photos blog this summer, I’m a huge fan. Aside from reading lots of books (including Sharon’s) I also write them, so I was thrilled to bits that Sharon was willing to give up one of her slots to me!
Photo one is my wedding day in 2015. As we signed the register, the wedding planner pointed out that we were sat in silence. Mr Henthorn had forgotten to bring the (lovingly selected) music! This is my ‘I asked you to do one thing’ face, and as you can see, he is laughing at me. I just thought this captured moment was the…
Steady on! I’ve not gone all posh, I am talking about finding the right word here. The other week, and I don’t know why, but I had a gripping fear, that after calling one of my characters a ‘Bar maid’ (that was her job) that I had insulted my fellow sisters (?) Unintentionally of course. I actually started writing that chapter ages and ages ago, and I can’t say that I thought anything of it. When I got married, I had bridesmaids, for example. But bar maid? Should I have said bar person? If Trisha the barmaid was a man, I would have called him bar man, or man behind the bar. I have just pretended to look for a job in a pub on the internet, and it does say ‘barmaid’ … I wonder what else I have done? I know one time at school, (primary school I would have been about ten years old), homework was to write a menu, I wanted to explain that if you wanted a bottle of wine, you had to buy it from the bar, but I wrote ‘Alcoholics can be found at the bar’ oh dear, at least it gave the teacher a laugh.
If you would like to read Trisha the bar person’s mention in Curmudgeon Avenue the book is available here Where I may, or may not change the job title.
They say that walls have ears, and some even say that walls can talk. So when Curmudgeon Avenue takes a disliking to its new owners, the four storey Victorian terraced house starts narrating a diary about the intertwined lives of the various new inhabitants and extended family. If Curmudgeon Avenue has to put up with this set of nincompoops from Whitefield, Manchester then so should you.
Sisters Edna and Edith inherit the first house on Curmudgeon Avenue from their parents Mr and Mrs Payne who were killed in a freak accident involving an elephant. The two sisters could not be more different if they tried, and now they have to live together in the house they grew up in several decades ago, bringing the baggage of the past with them for our enjoyment. It seems that Edith cannot stop bumping into exes of her older sister…
We have just returned from BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR FESTIVAL words fail me, the metal we bled our ears with, the laughs we had, the showers we didn’t have, the stories we told each other (that should have been written down). Great friends, super hero husband.
Now I’m at home I’ve got post Bloodstock blues, It is 230pm and I haven’t written anything yet, even though I am at ‘work’ … Just wanted to say normal service will resume, by that I mean emails will be answered, chapters will be written. Obviously I have dealt with my personal hygiene!
Check out the illustration on this birthday card drawn for me by my friend’s son Ethan the other day! Eight years old, I’m not putting his full name on but watch this space- I’ve seen loads of cartoons and patterns he has designed. Plus he comes from a family of creatives, brother age nine plays guitar and his auntie is a professional singer- creative genes! Made my daughter and me smile loads.
I was going to write about turning 43 but … meh! Thanks again Ethan!