Short stories seem to be my thing, even though I yearn to be a novelist and have been on the New Writers' Scheme - winning the Katie Fforde Bursary in 2004 - far too long, alas. To date, I've had over 150 short stories published here in the UK and in Sweden, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. And I'm also a contributor to LOVES ME, LOVES ME NOT. I've dabbled with short serials - three episodes - too, so when my friend Gilli Allan passed on the information about the Short Story Radio Romance Award 2010 which was for a two-part story, I thought I would have a go. Initially, only the first part had to be sent along with a synopsis (good practice at synopses writing for my NWS efforts at least!!) and those shortlisted would be asked to send the second episode. Surprise, surprise when I was asked to send the second part because I hadn't written it - not thinking for a moment I would get that far.
But I'm used to deadlines from magazine editors so all housework/cooking/gardening/grandson-sitting had to go on hold while I got on with it.
When the producer of Short Story Radio got in touch to say I had won the competition I think my shrieks of delight could be heard all over Paignton. And then the irony of it sunk in - I am profoundly deaf and although I have a cochlear implant it isn't quite up to the inconsistencies of radio transmission. But no matter.....my family and friends will listen in for me. I've been told my story will be broadcast sometime in March and that at the moment the producer is hunting around for an actress to read my work - Penelope Keith will do nicely, Mr. Producer!