“I started my writing career as a journalist, first on local newspapers and then on what used to be known as Fleet Street but was actually the 22nd floor of the Canary Wharf tower in London.
I’m now a freelance, juggling the freedom of being able to write in my dressing gown with the perils of making a living out of it. As such I have written about 14 non-fiction books on a range of subjects including Coronation Street, cannabis, plastic pop music and the Tour de France.
Having filled a filing cabinet with unfinished novels, in 2007 I finally completed a thriller, set in Kenya and called Bait– which to my surprise got me an agent and an initial two-book publishing deal.
In total I completed four in the Kenya series, which were published around the world, followed by four more set in my home town of Newcastle, written under the pen name Jim Ford.
After a self-imposed hiatus, I have now signed with a new agent and I am working on a new book.
I know from first-hand experience how difficult it is for a writer to be heard: a publishing deal is no guarantee of wider recognition, especially in an industry which is increasingly squeezed by commercial pressures.
That’s why I hope the Unsung Book Club will provide a leg up to those authors who continue to toil in the shadows but deserve their moment in the sun.”
Find out more at Nick’s website
“I started as a bookseller. Reps would come in and try to convince me to stock their books, when all I really wanted was to see my own on the shelf.
I have always written, but it wasn’t until my young husband Mark died suddenly in 2012 that I turned to words as a therapeutic tool with which to express my grief. The result was Wife After Death, my blog about losing Mark, which went on to win Best Personal Blog in the Blog North Awards 2013.
The blog turned into a book, Life After You,and was published in 2014 by Virgin Books. It was a Sunday Times best seller and a Richard and Judy Autumn Book Club pick 2015. Adapted for television by Georgia Pritchett, it was named as one of the top twenty scripts by British writers in 2018.
This year, I completed my PhD in Creative Writing, which looks at notions of loss in the writing of real lives. In June, I won a Northern Writers’ Award for my novel-in-progress The Song of Annie Chapman, on which I am currently working.
Looking for the next opportunity to publish and promote work is hard, often thankless, graft. The Unsung Book Club is a unique, free resource provided by writers, for writers, to help get your book heard!
I can’t wait to read your work.”
Find out more at Lucie’s website