People’s Friend Editors’ Interview

Rena George Pocket Novels, Short Story Markets, The People's Friend, Uncategorized 8 Comments

  There’s an interview here with The People’s Friend features’ editor, Alex Corlett, and fiction editor, Shirley Blair. I was especially delighted to find this, as Alex was the first person I ever worked with at the ‘friend’. It was down to his patience and guidance that I got my first short story, Coming Home, published. You can read it here. Interesting to note in the interview that the magazine often plans seasonal features and stories – and has them …

The People’s Friend Pocket Novels

Rena George Pocket Novels 8 Comments

 I’m absolutely delighted to share my news that my People’s Friend Pocket Novel, Another Chance is now in the shops.   And here it is … I’m especially pleased that it’s been published in the same week as the magazine launched it’s new revamped look. There are 16 extra pages, which means more space for features and fiction. The magazine guarantees to publish seven short stories – two more than before – and the usual two serials every week. There’s a …

Editing nightmares…and a wee disappointment!

Rena George Editing your work 3 Comments

 I hate editing. I detest having to do that second draft…third…fourth, and so on. All the really creative stuff goes into the first time the words hit the page. For me, it’s when my characters come alive and the plot unfolds. Re-drafts are the crafting bits where the writer moulds and sculpts her/his work. Scenes come and go. Tired phrases are discarded, to be replaced with snappier, more inspired ones. It’s the professional part of writing that turns a good …

Location, Location, Location – and a new Pocket Novel

Rena George Highland Homecoming, Pocket Novels 12 Comments

Location matters…well it does to me. It’s where all my stories start. It doesn’t matter if it’s a short story, a pocket novel or a crime novel, the setting has to be right before I can plunge in any further. Once I’ve decided on the location then I have a think about the kind of people who might live there, what their lives might be like, what jobs they could do, what problems they need to solve. Obviously lots more …