When I was about twelve I realised that the only way to succeed was to push oneself to the front of the crowd and announce your brilliance. Up until then I'd been waiting for someone to spot that I was a champion runner or a superb and moving actress (yes women actors were called actresses in those long ago days) or a budding best-selling author.
So armed with this amazing new knowledge I did nothing. Being pushy didn't seem the right way to behave. Polite people put others first. Especially if they were female. I couldn't help it: in spite of recognising what I should do, I waited to be discovered. Waited. And waited. And now I've stopped waiting. This website is a shameless attempt to tell the world that I'm a writer.
My new novel and a collection of short stories are now available as paperbacks and ebooks.
The novel is called 'The Insides of Banana Skins' - and this is what it's about.
"London. 1960s. Drugs and Sex. Chaos and Squalor.
Sukey, eighteen, lost and uncertain, shares a crowded, shabby flat with Kitty, who becomes a stripper, with Malc, a drug dealer, and Jaz, a drama student with sexual identity issues. Bridie, who lives downstairs, sells sex to support her two kids. Readers are drawn into the heart of the sexual revolution as the flatmates face death, destruction and sex at its rawest. And, in tender moments, there is love, optimism, generosity and friendship.
The Insides of Banana Skins is authentic, haunting and shocking. It skilfully recreates an era of social turmoil, focusing on an eclectic group taking great risks in a time of liberation and change when traditional behaviour was being challenged. If you like stories about dangerous living you’ll love this novel. It should come with a health warning."
And here's a a little taster from the novel.
The story collection is called 'Dead is Dead and Other Stories'. Here's what a friend wrote about it.
"A gun goes missing, a boy is paralysed after sliding of the roof of his house, a father of two children decides to become a woman….
Dead is Dead is a stunning collection of eighteen intimate stories that hold a spotlight on relationships. The stories delve into the complicated, challenging and diverse incidents that make up everyday life. They are disturbing and unforgettable, and will leave the reader gasping and wanting more.
This is a complex and compelling read that will delight at every turn of the page."
If you live in New Zealand you can contact me - JaneSeaford@xtra.co.nz - if you would like to buy copies. The price is $20 + postage for 'The Insides of Banana Skins' and $15 + postage for 'Dead is Dead and other Stories'.
Another novel 'Archie's Daughter' was published on 5th August 2012 by reallybluebooks.com (no, in spite of the name, not a porn site but an excellent and discerning publisher of e-books). Sadly after several years of producing great e-books RBB decided to close down. Nonetheless Archie's Daughter is available from Amazon. So go to the Amazon, buy this and my others books, tell all your friends about it and ask them to pass the good news onto their friends. Here's the Press Release written by my publisher, here's a section from the novel and I've listed below some of the places were you can read lovely reviews and other stuff on Archie's Daughter which, I'm happy to say readers seem to rate highly.
More about me. Although English, I am now settled in beautiful New Zealand. (The photo below was taken from a nearby pub where my partner and I used to go for lunch.) I have also lived in Nigeria, Switzerland and France. I've had a number of careers: mother of two daughters, academic, IT consultant, bakery owner and manager, freelance journalist. Several of my short stories have been broadcast or published. I'm the joint fiction editor of takahé, a New Zealand literary magazine, and from time to time teach creative writing. I try to inspire my students, give them the so-called rules of producing fiction, encourage them to break these frequently and tell them that the only way to become a good or even great writer is by writing. If you'd like to get in touch to say nice things here is my email address: JaneSeaford@xtra.co.nz.