The Damselfly Journal will reflect thoughts and developments at Damselfly Books and the writers who help and support it.
Wendy Robertson writes:
I was inspired by friends to create Damselfly Books through my own earlier experience of mainstream publishing and aflater relishing the creativity and opportunities offered to good writers by independent publishing
After relishing and surviving academic life I became a full-time writer. I have now published twenty-three novels, both historical and contemporary, as well as two short story collections. I still write occasional articles on issues close to her heart. I also love writing my blog A Life Twice Tasted
I love living in historic South Durham. My Victorian house has played a role in more than one of my novels. I love travelling – experiences which have inspired my novels – from Scotland to London, from Singapore to Colorado Springs, from France to Ireland. Inevitably these experiences have found significant reflections in many of my books.
I was, for five years on and off, Writer in Residence at HMP Low Newton – a life-changing experience. I learned a lot, helping a wide range of women to raise their self-esteem and realise their potential through original writing. That experience is also reflected in my novel Paulie’s Web
For two years I produced and hosted a local radio show, The Writing Game which featured a wide range of writers and literary discussions.
I have a Master’s degree in in Education which involved deep study into childhood and child development. This has possibly had an influence on my latest novel The Bad Child.
It might just be relevant to say that my M.Ed dissertation was entitled Language and Power. So, becoming a professional writer fits quite well with this! The University invited me to pursue my studies to PhD level but I chose then to focus entirely on writing realistic fiction.
I have to say that each novel I have written has felt like researching, studying for and writing a separate PhD in itself. A nice thing.
I am now newly and happily involved with Damselfly Books which adds a fascinating creative dimension to the writing process.