Hello and welcome,
Thanks so much for calling in to see me.
I write contemporary fiction – dramatic, uplifting ecapism – and signed with Choc Lit after my debut novel, As Weekends Go, won the Choc Lit and Whole story Audio Books Search for a Star competition in March 2015.
I live in South East London with my husband and motley crew of cuddly toys and have written for pleasure from a young age; short stories for classmates, odes for workmates, fun quizzes for family and friends, progressing to my novel, the idea for which sprang from a script I composed as part of a creative writing course assignment via The Writers Bureau. Following much secret plotting, research and feigning of passion for the customer accounts I was supposed to be reconciling during the day job, the chance finally arose to put pen to paper.
After attending many author talks, literary events, and connecting with writers and readers on Facebook and Twitter, I learned of and subsequently joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association New Writers’ Scheme. An avid reader and all round book devotee, I am also one eighth of online group blog The Romaniacs who in 2014 self-published an anthology of short stories and flash fiction entitled ‘Romaniac Shorts: Fashionably Brief’. The Romaniacs also proudly received the RNA Industry Media Star award in November 2015.
My second novel – If I Ever Doubt You – was released in April 2020. Also published by Choc Lit, it is the sequel to As Weekends Go, although can be read as a standalone novel.
In December 2020 my short story ‘Perfect Match‘ was included in a charity anthology – Cosy Christmas Treats – compiled by my publisher Choc Lit/Ruby Fiction with all proceeds going to Shelter UK.
Please contact me via Twitter @JanBrigden or @TheRomaniacs