On this site are all my books that are in print — novels, anthologies, memoirs. Magpies Nest Publishing (free postage UK) has published ALL my books in the UK. Dare Empire previously published all my novels but now Storm Moon Press is taking over The Dark Mirror and Turquoise Morning Press is now publishing my other four novels. Each publisher sells from site and through major on-line bookstores.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Still Waters Run Deep, Stories Of Hidden Depths
All the stories have Cumbrian settings, although some are imaginary based on actual places and events. Mystery and imagination: humour and horror, love and hate, joy and sorrow, poignancy and lust. Passions run deep wherever you live, Characters may be recognised as known persons even though they are plucked from the author’s imagination, which has been nurtured by a lifetime of observation of human characteristics — especially those little foibles seldom admitted to. Each tale has an interesting introduction to the setting, or what it was that inspired the story.
Review by Geoff Nelder (Award Winning author of numerous works — latest novel, Exit, Pursued by a Bee) ‘Don’t be fooled by the writings of Gladys Hobson. She appears like a harmless mature woman and so you settle one afternoon to relax into her stories. Then in goes the hot poker and you find the goings on in Ulverston, ignited passion, and Cumbrian emotions. The wicked are saved by pseudonyms, the innocent by their ignorance. This collection is a jigsaw of zeal and a genuine feel for landscape.’
The book (as all my books) can be ordered from Waterstones or any good bookshop. Or straight from Magpies Nest Publishing. No postage UK but a part postage charge elsewhere to cover extra cost.
Everything about my early life can be found in my illustrated book of childhood memories: When Phones Were Immobile and Lived in RED BOXES. Read the first two chapters at: www.magpiesnestpublishing.co.uk
I also have my novels and anthologies on that site.
I trained as a dress designer. Later turned to teaching. Took early retirement to train for church ministry. For the last eight years a full time writer. Personal experiences and settings tend to pop up in my stories!
All my academic qualifications have been achieved in my middle and later years — as happened with most working-class achievers of my generation.
I try to keep a sense of humour in all aspects of life. I can laugh at myself and at oldie jokes. But I wish the media would put less emphasis on faculties lost in old age (cause for laughter) and more on the wisdom gained. We old biddies do know a thing or two!