WeLL What’s Your Choice?

Published on Sunday 22nd April 2012 by DJ Kirkby

The WeLL What’s Your Story event at Cosham library was good fun.  Thank you to the team at the library for making me feel so welcome, and to everyone who shared a story with me during the event.

Next week my residency work includes a WeLL What’s Your Story all day event at Copnor Infants school and a podcast recording session at Rant studios.  An hour of me reading excerpts from my writing will be recorded and then aired in 15 minute increments at a later date.

I have been told I can read whatever I wish, and that it doesn’t have to be all from one book.  I would like to leave that decision up to you ….. big thank you to everyone who has left a comment on my author facebook page about this already.  For those of you who are not on Facebook please leave a comment below this post telling me what you would like me to read from the options below:

Without Alice (novel number 1)

Have you ever had a secret? One so important that it feels as if it will tear you in two? Stephen’s got one. He’s also got a great job, beautiful wife and an adorable son. Outwardly his life seems perfect but it means nothing without Alice.

My Dream Of You (novel number 2 – due to be published June 5th 2012)

Crime of passion or cruel twist of fate?

One summer’s day Betty let love carry her a step too far. That exquisite sun dappled afternoon became one of her best memories but also the catalyst for the worst experience of her life. Now elderly, Betty has been running from her past since she was a teenager, and it’s about to catch up with her. Will the experience be as awful as she fears or wonderful beyond imagining?

The Plump WAGs Club (novel number 3 – writing in progress)

How many times have you lost weight, only to regain it all and more?

Join Trish, Cate, Janey and Dida as they struggle with life, love, happiness while they all try to follow two simple rules: eat healthier foods and exercise more.

Special Deliveries (finished and with my agent)

A collection of heavily fictionalized stories written based on my experiences as a midwife. Just like the experiences of the people I have had the privilege to care for; these stories are filled with love, lament, laughter, longing and life changing moments.

Buffalo Grass Valley (number 4 – writing in progress)

Disillusionment and recklessness – emotions experienced by many young adults – but Cody is also concerned that he will become a clone of his father if he doesn’t leave home before it’s too late.  One final argument with his father drives Cody of out the house and into a life of roughing it in the Canadian wilderness.

I am writing it in the genre of a modern Western which hasn’t been down before (as far as I am aware), and therefore may end up as a total flop or a huge success.


19 comments so far

    • I am not sure I can pull off a modern Western but it has been asking to be written for a couple of years now. After dabbling around with it I have decided that it needs to happen so I can going to give it my best shot.

    • Great advice Claire. I would be happy to read from a range but worry that people might think I am a bit scatty and that I don’t have a ‘voice’ though I think my ‘voice’ is there no matter what I write. I guess this podcast will be a good experiment from that perspective 🙂 and it is going to be aired in 15 minute increments on the Portsmouth Writers phone app so people don’t have to listen to a whole hour at once…I will try and group my writing together a bit so the same style goes out in each 15 minute increment.

  • Hi Denyse I am looking forward to hearing you read the excerpts from your library of work, there is something about the author reading their work that lifts a story beyond imagination, so good luck with the recording. I am keen to hear all of them of course, if forced to select just two then, the short stories collection ‘Special Deliveries’, would be one, with an excerpt from your latest novel ‘My Dream Of You’ being my second. Good luck with the recording, I look forward to hearing the results. Gray 🙂

    • Thank you Gray. I can definitely offer a reading from both of those and may choose a bit to read from my whole range (see above) as an opportunity like this hour long podcast doesn’t come along often! Might as well make the most of it. I am looking forward to hearing your thoughts on it all!

  • Sounds like your residency is going really well. The only advice I feel I could give is that if you’re reading from published work you can sell some books and raise their profiles. By the time the wips gets published those people may have forgotten about your readings. Hope that helps.

  • Buffalo Grass Valley and My Dream of You interest me most, and then it would be Special Deliveries, hope you have a great time at the podcast, sure you will be great, Denyse. 🙂 Some really interesting projects here, look forward to hearing them.

  • I love the sound of them all but having read Without Alice and reading your stories about birth and motherhood and how beautifully you wrote those I think I’d like to hear something from Special Deliveries x x

    • I will read from SD though I am now wondering if the one I planned to read will be suitable…might need to choose a one with a happy ending too.

  • I loved the bit of Alice you did at the Central Library, BUT
    I’m going to say the midwifery stories sound fascinating, and they might make better discreet sections to go in a podcast.
    I’ve got the same decision facing me for Friday (and fear that I will overact).
    Most of all, hope you enjoy it massively.
    xxx William

    • Hi Will, that wasn’t from Without Alice….that was from My Dream Of You. I am limited as to how much of SD I can read as it is with my agent and being introduced to publishers but I will read an excerpt or two from it 🙂 I am really pleased you are going to be reading some of your writing, and I look forward to listening to your podcast!

  • Good grief! This writer in residency malarky is really paying off – you seem to have doubled your productivity, positively prolific – and I love the snow bunny caption too.

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