11705837_967531943267360_280957472_oToday I’m welcoming Penny Luker whom I’ve met through our work for “You’re Not Alone”, an anthology in aid of MacMillan Cancer Care.

This interview is part of a series of blog posts to introduce my colleagues in this endeavour. The anthology is available for pre-order and will be released on July 11.
The paperback version is already available!

Twenty-seven writers from around the world, including myself have entered an assortment of short stories for your pleasure, show your support by liking the new page on Facebook and expressing an interest in buying the book.

You’ll find the book on your Amazon for per-order via these links:
http://smarturl.it/YoureNotAloneAnth
http://bookshow.me/B00Y5RCOOE

You’ll find the Facebook page here: 

https://www.facebook.com/yourenotalone2015

And here is the fund, in loving memory of Pamela Mary Winton

https://macmillan.tributefunds.com/pamela-mary-winton

Tell us a little about yourself as writer and as person. Penny (4)

I’ve been writing all my life but it’s only in the last few years that I’ve realised how much I enjoy it. When I was at work it was part of my job, so it was something I had to do. Now I look forward to writing time.

As a person I’m passionate about certain things. Ibelieve we should all try to be kind to others. I love animals and hate the idea of fox hunting or any cruelty to animals. The charities I support are children’s ones as I believe every child deserves a good start in life. At the end of my life I hope to be able to say I did more good than harm, but I’m not a saint and have made my fair share of mistakes.

Tell us about your writing history. When was the first time you decided to write and when was the first time you did?

The first time I wrote for pleasure was when I decided to do a writing course with the Open University. I was looking through some old diaries and found I’d written poems on all the spare pages. I hadn’t even noticed I was doing this, so when I retired I signed up for a poetry course and I haven’t stopped since.

Did anyone influence you / encourage you to become a writer?

Not really. Someone at work made a casual comment that I was good at writing and then I started to think about it. Over the years I’ve done a lot of studying and therefore a lot of writing. I’m just as happy writing on a computer as by hand.

When did you decide to write in your chosen genre(s)?

I don’t stick to one genre. I belong to a writing group called the Winsford Writers and we try everything. Sometimes you think you won’t enjoy writing in a particular genre and find out that you do. All your writing skills are transferable

Tell us about the concept behind your books.

I wrote my children’s books for my grandchildren. As a child I was always fascinated by magic and so are my grandchildren. I believe that a little bit of magic makes childhood more special. I had a moment to treasure recently when my grandson read to me the book I’d written for him. It was beautiful.

What is your life like outside of writing?

I have a lovely family who are very important to me and I spend a lot of time with them, but I also love to play the piano and at the moment I’m doing an art course. I’m lucky to have a great group of friends, both writers and artists.

What makes you laugh?

I always think I have no sense of humour but suddenly I find myself laughing with my husband at something someone says on the TV. I like programmes such as, ‘Have I got news for you?’ and ‘Would I Lie to You?’

Who would you like to invite for dinner?

I’d like Jane Austen to pop over for a meal. I’d love to chat to her about how she builds tension between her characters and ask her who Mr Darcy was based on.

What are you working on now?

I’m putting together my fourth book of short stories for adults, my second book of poetry, the sequel to my YA novel, The Truth Finder, my third children’s book and I’m also working on a crime novel. I don’t work on one thing at a time as you can tell. I’m also contributing a short story to two anthologies, both being compiled by the Indie Author Review Exchange Group that I’m part of on facebook. The one that’s nearly ready is You’re Not Alone and is out on 11 July 2015. It’s raising money for the Macmillan Nurses.

Is there anything you would like us to know about your books?

Let me just tell you about my latest, The Truth Finder. Vrail front kindle

The Truth Finder is a fantasy story for young adults. It is a story set in the fifth millennium, of Vrail, a young man who has to learn to live with the difficulties and joys of being able to read people’s minds.

The book was inspired by my wondering how the human race will develop, considering how much we have developed so far and taking account of the way we humans seem to almost self-destruct by fighting each other. It also looks at how we try to improve life.

The Truth Finder can be purchased from Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/Truth-Finder-Future-Earth-Book-ebook/dp/B00HSOQUS2/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1415621127&sr=1-1&keywords=penny+luker

Is there anything you would like us to know about yourself?

I love the friends I’ve made through writing, both real life and virtual friends. Writers tend to be willing to help each other and the group I go to and the facebook one have such wonderful talented people. If you’ve always thought you’ve got a book in you, do join a group and get going. It will open up your world to so many experiences.

If you want to read any of my work here are some links. I’d love to hear from you. I have

a blog: www.pennyluker.wordpress.com

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pennyluker.writer?ref=bookmarks

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PennyLuker

Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Penny-Luker/e/B008TR5ZLU/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1433362670&sr=1-2-ent

Children’s Books:

The Green Book http://www.amazon.co.uk/Green-Book-Penny-Luker/dp/0955989639/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1415658845&sr=1-5&keywords=penny+luker

Tiny Tyrannosaurus http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tiny-Tyrannosaurus-Green-Book-2-ebook/dp/B00JV5RU6M/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1415659363&sr=1-4&keywords=penny+luker

Short Stories:

The Mermaid http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mermaid-Penny-Luker-ebook/dp/B008TQT6WA/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1415660224&sr=1-3&keywords=penny+luker

Poetry:

Nature’s Gold http://www.amazon.co.uk/Natures-Gold-Penny-Luker-ebook/dp/B00JUT9SWI/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1415661026&sr=1-6&keywords=penny+luker

 Penny (4)Short Bio: 

Penny is a retired Head Teacher and former Open University Lecturer, who now spends her time with her family, or writing, playing music or painting. She has published several books and is working on many other writing projects. Penny has worked as a volunteer as a writing’s editor for the e-zine, All Things Girl, and is a member of the Winsford Writing Group. She lives in Cheshire, England with her husband and beautiful cat.

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