When I gave up teaching, I began to write about what I knew the children had enjoyed reading: a modicum of magic, a sprinkle of the surreal, a pinch of peril, a touch of time-shift, and strong characters with whom child readers would identify and champion. With intricate and unique plots, twists and surprises, the recipe for mystery and adventure was created.
To date, I have written eight children's novels and one children's poetry collection. They are all suitable for readers of 8 – 12.
I also write short stories for adult readers. Many of these have enjoyed success in writing competitions. I have compiled three short story collections and I am currently working towards producing two more. Also available is anthology of humorous adult poetry. I write serious poetry, too.
four pieces of my work (flash and poetry) are included in the One Word Anthology by Talkback Writers (Alfie Dog Press);
several winning pieces appear in The Aspiring Writers 2013 Anthology (Blue Dragon Press);
a story appears in An Earthless Melting Pot (Quinn Publications) as a result of being runner up in the Words with Jam longer short story competition;
two flash fiction pieces appear in A Quick Read (Aspen Run Press);
I have flash fiction in The Best of CafeLit3 and 4 (Chapeltown);
a poem of mine is published in Songs of Angels (Thynks);
two poems appear in Silver Lining by Poets Against Violence (Baer Books Press).
I am a regular contributor to CafeLit where I have had many 100-worders published.
I hope you enjoy what you read. I certainly enjoyed the writing of it.
I have two websites:
Helen Laycock | Children's Author
Helen Laycock | Fiction in a Flash
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