For the first Author Interview of 2020, it gives me great pleasure to introduce you to one of my fellow Jersey Writers Social Group members, Dreena Collins. In September last year, Dreena entertained a packed Maria Richie Room at the Jersey Arts Centre, during the 2019 Jersey Festival of Words captivating us all with her engaging wit, and her passion for creative writing.
During 2019, Dreena self-published three volumes of her excellent short stories and flash fiction, The Blue Hour, The Day I Nearly Drowned and, most recently Bird Wing. The Amazon reviews alone are glowing.
In October 2019, the Jersey Writers Social Group will celebrate its second birthday. Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to chat with author James Sillwood who is the founder of the Jersey Writers Social Group, to find out a bit more about his writing journey, as well as the recently published anthology of work by the Jersey Writers Social Group.
Extract from a frank and honest interview with Jersey Writers Social Group Member, Abigail Summer.
TESSA: What was the hardest part of writing this book?
ABIGAIL: I wasn’t prepared for the emotional turmoil. Many of the things that Colette endured were my own experiences. Two scenes were particularly hard to write. The first is when Colin opens up to Leanne about his childhood; at an early age, he couldn’t understand why he was dressed as a boy when he identified as a girl. The bullying at school, and the loneliness of his early teenage years.
It’s Easter Saturday and I’m on a roll. I would like to introduce you to another of my Jersey Writer’s Group members, Juanita Shield-Laignel, features writer and editor for The Jersey Life.
I am fortunate enough to be a member of the Jersey Writer’s Social Group. We meet once a week to toss ideas around and get friendly feedback from other members on our own writing. We all share a love of writing and there is nothing quite like hanging out with like-minded people. We also share the same ambition, to see our work in print. Some of our members have already been published and Dreena Collins is one of them.