My historical short story, ‘Boudicca’s Revenge’, which was shortlisted for the Legendary Women Competition, has been published in this Essex Creative Writing Anthology. It was my first attempt at creative historical fiction and the short story, initially 2000 words, was reduced to just over 500 for the competition. If nothing else, it showed me how many words can be edited out and yet the story remain the same. Boudicca is now judged a heroine but she was a soldier and thought nothing of massacring whole towns. I don’t think her strength or actions would be considered quite so affectionately in the modern world.
My short story ‘Artifice’ was one of the three winning crime short stories published in ‘Bloody Hull,’ which was a book given out as part of the Hull Literary Festival. The competition ‘Dead Pretty City’, was for a short story of 2000 with the words ‘Dead Pretty’ included in it. Originally short-listed for the CWA Margery Allingham prize, I re-worked this story for the competition. As usual, my protagonist is not what she seems.
This photo was taken of the short-listed authors of the Debut Dagger competition in 2013. The creative writing competition was for the first 3000 words of a crime novel. Sue Dawes is the last author on the right.