Winning a tin of chocolate in a national essay competition at primary school inspired Christine Stovell to become a writer! After graduating from UEA, she took various jobs in the public sector writing research papers and policy notes by day and filling up her spare drawers with embryonic novels by night. Losing her dad to cancer made her realise that if she was ever going to get a novel published she had to put her writing first.
Turning The Tide
Harry Watling has spent the past five years keeping her father’s boat yard afloat, despite its dying clientele. Now all she wants to do is enjoy the peace and quiet of her sleepy backwater.
So when property developer Matthew Corrigan wants to turn the boat yard into an upmarket housing complex for his exotic new restaurant, it’s like declaring war.
And the odds seem to be stacked in Matthew’s favour. He’s got the colourful locals on board, his hard-to-please girlfriend is warming to the idea and he has the means to force Harry’s hand. Meanwhile, Harry has to fight not just his plans but also her feelings for the man himself.
Then a family secret from the past creates heartbreak for Harry, and neither of them is prepared for what happens next …
Honno Poem of the Month – March 2014
Breaking the Ground
Sheep find so many ways to die;
fly-blown, blue-tongued, crow-pecked. Rotting
in every soft place. He plunges
the blade. Cuts into the future.
She watches him flaying the field,
the vibrant pelt of turf livid
in the lemon light. Sliced open
in seconds. Raw earth glistens.
He listens. Catches the ringing
of wedding bells. The village school
unmothballed. Unborn babies
fluttering under their mothers’ hearts.
Parted and discarded, the turf
dries. A concrete crust creeps across
the land where blights of breeze-blocks bloom.
In her room, she hears sheep bleating.
In an increasingly competitive market, I wanted to give my typescript the best possible chance. I turned to Hilary for a thorough and professional opinion of my work and her report gave me a huge boost of confidence. After a couple of early setbacks I went on to achieve publication – Hilary’s belief in me gave me the tenacity to keep going! ~ Christine Stovell