Celia Micklefield wrote a story for our September 2018 New Beginnings issue titled: A Practical Woman. In it, a retirement-aged woman contemplates her future and finds there might be a surprise in it for her, if only she’d allow herself not to worry about failure. A must read for readers of all ages!
Here is Celia’s bio.
I learned to read when I was three years old and loved books ever since. I read a wide selection of genres so I suppose it’s no surprise I enjoy writing in different genres too. Sometimes I find it difficult to classify my novels because they could fit in several: contemporary literary fiction; women’s fiction; psychologically dark drama; family saga, for example. I’ve written two collections of short stories as well. A Practical Woman is taken from my second collection, Queer as Folk.
That’s how I began: writing short stories for a UK women’s magazine. While I enjoyed working within the constraints of acceptable storylines I longed for more. I wanted to write about life in all its colours and how ordinary people sometimes learn to face extraordinary circumstances. All my work is character-led. I spend a lot of time analysing who they really are before I give them anything to say. I choose settings I know well: the north of England and Yorkshire in particular where I’m from; Occitanie in the south of France where I lived for nine years; Wiltshire, a southern county in England where my sister lives and where I love to visit; Norfolk on the east coast where I live now. My current work in progress is set here and is a darkly comical battle of the sexes for the older reader, Boomers like me who’d like characters with whom they can more readily identify. I wrote a post about older readers on my website. Here’s a link:
My website tagline is ‘write from the heart’. I love stories that fire up your emotions and make you care what happens next. If you have to reach for the tissues, all the better!
I have a condition called CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome) which developed after I was hit and knocked down by a careless driver. My bones healed but other bits of me didn’t so I’m left with a painful condition for which there’s no cure as yet. It means I’m slow. It takes me longer to write now so I ask for your patience in replying to comments on my website or Facebook author page.
So, please, follow me on my Celia Micklefield author page on Facebook. It’s where I post news about Freebie days for all my books and links to new posts on my website
Everyone who follows Celia between now and Launch Day, September 10, 2018, will be entered into a drawing for a $5 Amazon Giftcard. Good luck!