We are delighted to welcome Joan Fleming as our Featured Writer. Joan is a successful Romantic novelist, who has set her series of novels on the Island of Mull. You can read a tantalising extract from the first novel in the series, What the Future Holds, below, and go to one of the links provided to learn more about Joan and her work. Joan had helpful advice for the audience at at the ‘how to be published’ event organised by FWS member Leela Soma at the Milngavie Book Festival , not least the value of the Romantic Novelists’ Associationand their New Writers’ Scheme, which she says she can’t praise highly enough.
Joan Flemingwas born and educated in Edinburgh. A former modern languages teacher, she now devotes her time to creative writing. She has had short stories and articles published in magazines in the UK and America. Currently, her focus is on romantic fiction.
Encouraged by members of Erskine Writers, she joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association, and was a finalist for their Joan Hessayon Award in 2015 with her début novel, What the Future Holds, e-published by Tirgearr Publishing in 2014, now in paperback.Two further novels in the Magic of Mull Seriesfollowed in 2015 and 2017.
Extract from What the Future Holds (Magic of Mull #1)
It was early evening by the time Amy Wilson opened the bulky envelope. Sitting by the fire, with a glass of red wine in her hand, she drew a deep breath of sheer contentment. This was what relaxation was all about—the scent of burning peat, silence except for the faint whisper of the waves lapping over the rocks in the bay, and the view of the island of Iona no picture postcard image could ever reproduce.
Pure heaven. That was until she saw the contents of the envelope.
Flicking her dark brown hair behind her ears, she straightened in her armchair.
At first, she stared at the papers, trying to work out what they meant. Log cabins? Holiday homes? Leisure facility? What had all this to do with her? She looked again at the envelope.
Miss A. Wilson
Isle of Mull
There was no doubt it was meant for her. But why was it delivered here at the cottage in Mull when she had arranged to forward her mail to her Glasgow address? Then she realised there was no stamp on the envelope and in a corner were the words “Hand Delivered”.
Closer examination revealed the paperwork had been prepared by a firm of solicitors. The covering letter explained the purpose of the communication—a proposal had been submitted to build twelve log cabins—a “holiday village” to be named Oceanview—on a piece of ground by the sea shore on the edge of Amy’s land. Enclosed was a plan of the holiday facility.
The more she read, the faster Amy’s heart beat. Build on the shoreline! What a preposterous idea! There was no way anyone could be allowed to ruin the natural beauty of this spot on the island. Jumping up from her comfortable armchair, she ran over to the window to look out at the bay. With the plan of the proposed holiday village in her hand, she glanced from the plan to the bay itself, trying to visualise where the cabins would be, how they would look. Would they interfere with her view?
© Joan Fleming 2018
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