Today I am thankful for my work as an author. It was a lifelong dream of mine to write books. I started writing when I was 16, but I was writing short stories and poetry long before then. I submitted my first manuscript at 19, but was rejected. I continued writing, but threw most of those typewritten manuscripts away. In 2012 I published my first draft of The Fine Line. It was terrible. However, when I was picked up by a publisher, it was worth it. Winning my independence as an author was even more rewarding. I still love writing. I have many books in my head as well as on my flash drive. I will get to those eventually. Writing has helped me deal with disappointment, but it also allowed me to put my education into practice. I may not be a best seller, and I may never be, but it’s important to pat yourself on the back when you reach personal milestones. So, today I am thankful for this accomplished dream.
Hello peeps. The last time I posted something personal, I discussed beginning my Ph.D. program. I’m two quarters in, and I can’t juggle everything. I receive two job offers this summer, so I am now teaching at the university I have been with since 2015 and an additional college. That’s four days of work a week, plus grading and other essential functions. Besides that, I’m a wife and mom. I’m a friend and a daughter. In order to prioritize, the Ph.D. has to be put on hold. I’m okay with that. After all, I want my family and friends to remember me for spending time with them, not for having a nose in a book (which is what I have done all summer). Things may change between here and the first of the year, but I highly doubt it. I am going back to my first love: fiction. I miss writing fiction more than I can even explain. So, I am already picking up where I left off with my Between Worlds Series.
There are a few more weeks of scheduled posts coming, and then I will post this quarter’s work, but thereafter, it’s back to fictional writing and posting for me. I am NOT Wonder Woman. As much as I would like to be able to handle three jobs (I was also given a teaching assistant position for the Ph.D. program), being a wife, a mom, spending time with my family and friends, fitting appointments in there, and trying to find time to sleep, I can’t. Something has to go. For me, it’s the quest for higher education. However, that doesn’t mean I won’t go back to it. It may just be temporary.
So, thanks for reading my scholarly stuff! Fiction will be on the way very soon!
Wendy Unsworth is the author of mystery and psychological suspense. She has also written a series of chapter books for young children and has enjoyed the challenges of these very different genres.
Wendy has lived in Ndola Zambia, Nairobi Kenya, in a 17th century Cornish cottage, Lincolnshire and Lancashire in England and now divides her time between Scotland and the wilds of Portugal. In between packing and unpacking her passions are writing, reading, travel, her cat Cleopatra and, of course, her family.
The Berriwood Series of novels follows the lives of ordinary people in a pretty little backwater of the Cornish countryside. This is a place of tranquility, where everyone knows everyone and nothing much ever seems to happen, until…
Amidst this quiet, idyllic background of rural life Wendy likes reveal the darker side of life, to pitch her characters against the odds, to test their nerve and see how they react!
There have been two titles in the Berriwood series so far-
The Palaver Tree Following a personal tragedy, Ellie Hathaway takes a teaching job far away from the safety of Berriwood, in the sub-Saharan country of Ducana. She has never done anything so daring before but she believes she has no need to worry, the wonderful headmaster, Gabriel Cole will guide and protect her. Nothing could possibly go wrong while he is around…
But, as Ellie slowly discovers, she is not the only one Gabriel is ‘protecting’ and whose interests does he really have at heart?
From a sleepy English village to the heat of Africa, the truth is out there and someone has to find it.
The Palaver Tree is available for download here:-
In Beneathwood ,
Beryl Carroll has lived in Berriwood for most of her life. It has been so long that people tend to forget she came to the village a young and frightened runaway and no one, not even her husband Gordon, knows exactly what happened to her before she came looking for him.
But someone knows, someone who blames her for her past transgressions and someone who would dearly like to make her pay. Just as Beryl and Gordon prepare to move in to the lovely old house at Beneathwood, the time for revenge has come.
Beneathwood is available for download here:-
Dirty Work is the third title in the series.
Appearances can be deceptive.
Take the Duke twins. Pete lost his IT job almost two years ago; he is best known in his native village of Berriwood for his tendency to be found propped up against a bar somewhere… or under it. It has been a tough time for Caroline, Pete’s wife, but at last, it seems, he is turning his life around.
Nathan is the success story of the family, the darling of the local amateur dramatic society who gave it all up for his high flying directorship based in London. But his wife, Marcie hates the lonely days while he works away and forgetting her birthday is the last straw.
When Nathan invites Caroline and Pete to a surprise birthday dinner for Marcie, to make amends, Caroline has her reservations. She knows if anyone is going to spoil the family party it would be Pete; he has done it plenty of times before. What she doesn’t anticipate is that her husband won’t even be there and that one of the four will very soon be dead. .
Dirty Work will be available for pre-order on Amazon from 15th May 2017 and published on June 16th 2017
All three books in the Berriwood series now have brand new covers to celebrate this latest release
Wendy can be found at her website wendyunsworth.wordpress.com where she loves to welcome visitors.