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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

Characters that don’t exist – until you create them!

I haven’t asked permission to quote Lionel Shriver in the following comment, but as she was one of the contributors to the Mslexia diary (August 2015), I don’t think she’d mind. She says: ‘Cherish the excitement of creating something from nothing – bringing non-existent characters to life, making things happen…

Books ARE judged by their covers

It’s the first thing you’re attracted to as a reader, especially if the author is unknown to you. You should be able to tell at a glance what the genre is. Take historical fiction, which is what I love writing. Clues are in the font chosen, the style of dress…

eBook Sales – should we promote them?

I’ve put the Kindle version of Annie’s Story, Book 1 of The Voyagers Trilogy, on sale for a fortnight. (It finishes on Tuesday, 15th September.) It’s reduced from £3.95 to 99 pence. But is it the right thing to do? When one thinks of how long it takes to write…

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