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Childhood Sundays were not playing out days for me so once I’d exhausted all my library books there was nothing for it – I just had to write my own stories. These involved brave, adventurous girls who managed to save the world in an afternoon but smuggle themselves back into boarding school before prep.
As school years progressed I amassed stories, poems and a short novel with the occasional acceptance in the school magazine. Oh, that first buzz of seeing your name in print.
As an adult I took up serious writing during the 1980s, having some articles published in magazines and I won a ghost story competition. When I joined a local writing club I realised how wonderful it is to be among fellow writers.
Now I teach creative writing to a group of enthusiastic adults and also a talented eleven year old. I’ve written a novella and two novels, one of which, Unwrapping Angelo, was shortlisted in the 2008 Daily Mail First Novel Award. My novella, Favourite Things, is set in the Austrian city of
and is available on Amazon Kindle. Salzburg
When I’m not writing or travelling in
Austria I’m usually holed up in rural with my childhood sweetheart, Nigel, listening to Mozart and caring for an assortment of eccentric pets. England
Details of Favourite Things
Kirsty is living her dream in the Austrian city of
working as a Sound of Music tour guide. She and Anton, the coach driver, are a good team until the day Mike Hayes, a surly young Englishman, takes the tour. Is Mike unhappy or just unfriendly? Kirsty wants to find out; but in doing so she is drawn into a mystery that means she must confront her romantic feelings both past and present. Salzburg
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At the end of the tour I go with him to take the coach to the garage and we walk back to the office through Mirabelgarten. It’s a lovely warm evening, the flower borders are a riot of colour and I don’t know why but I feel sentimental watching couples strolling hand in hand. Anton suddenly darts away into the hedge tunnel that the Sound of Music fans love to run along. I sprint to try and beat him to the far end but we arrive together, laughing, leaning against the hedge to catch our breath back and then somehow he reaches for me and we’re kissing. How on earth did that happen? We’re clinging together, his arms hold me tightly and I never want the kiss to end. But when it does we stare at each other in disbelief until he laughs and takes my hand and we run to the entrance of the garden and out into Makartplatz. As we turn the corner Mariette is standing outside the office talking to a tall man. We let go our hands but the smile I was going to give to Anton never reaches my lips. The tall man turns and the world stands still. The tall man is Jake.
What is the name of the Tall Man?
Answers in the comments and good luck!