Please join us in welcoming our latest member to Famous Five Plus, Liz Ringrose.
I have been writing seriously for about fifteen years, but must admit to having written a very strange novel at the age of nine. It was a boarding school story with more than a swift nod to Enid Blyton. The story was so bad that when I read chunks of it to my mother she would stifle her laughter by pushing a tea towel into her mouth. I like to think my writing has improved since then. At least my readers laugh know when they’re supposed to laugh, now.
I did flirt with writing during the 1980s, even having some poems and articles published in magazines. I won a local ghost story competition too but it wasn’t until the 90s that I joined Leicester Writers’ club and realised what pure joy being a writer can be.
Since then I’ve been president of the club and sold short stories to Woman’s Weekly and other magazines. I teach creative writing to adults and a very talented 11 year old.
I’ve written two novels, one of which, Unwrapping Angelo, was shortlisted in the 2008 Daily Mail/Transworld First Novel Award. I’ve also amassed a large number of wonderful writing friends who have helped me along the way. There is nothing quite like a group of writers getting together to discuss their craft.
I’m currently editing my second novel, The Art of Surfacing, set in my favourite city of
Salzburg in . My novella, Favourite Things, also set in Austria , I self-published and is available to buy on Amazon Kindle. Salzburg
When not writing or teaching I’m holed up in rural Leicestershire with my childhood sweetheart, listening to Mozart and caring for a variety of eccentric pets.