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About me

Denise Barnes has a writing life in between setting up and running two estate agency businesses. She has written articles, short stories and two non-fiction books. from Bad to Wurst:Bavarian Adventures of a Veggie Cook,is a memoir of her time in a sanatorium in Bavaria in 1972 as an assistant cook, and was published by PenPress in 2008.

Seller Beware:How Not To Sell Your Business, published by Biteback Publishing in 2013, stemmed from selling her first estate agency (consisting of 8 branches) in 2005 to the wrong buyers.

Her real love is writing fiction. She has just completed a trilogy called The Voyagers,and is looking for representation for Book 1, Annie’s Story. This is set in 1913 when two servants sail to Australia ‘to better themselves’. Book 2,Juliet’s Story, is set in the present with links to the past, and Book 3, Kitty’s Story, is set in Cairo 1941, continuing the family saga.

From my website

How to get back in gear (If only I knew!)

I’ve been rewriting and editing my three (rather long) novels which make up my trilogy: The Voyagers, for many months now. I actually thoroughly enjoy this process, as it’s usually easier to correct something than to create something, but it does spoil you for not having to worry about new…

What’s in a pseudonym?

I’ve been fascinated with pseudonyms even before becoming a writer. Why would anyone change their name unless it was really awful, like D’eath or Ramsbottom, for instance? None of us would probably be too happy with either of those, though I do know of the D’eaths and the Ramsbottoms, and…

Being a poor judge of character could leave you in ruins!

How good are you at judging character? Most people think they’re pretty good. I thought I was. How wrong can you be? I’d gone on first impressions instead of looking behind the person, their body language, what they didn’t say. It’s important to make an accurate judgment in our daily…

 
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