If you have a question about writing for The People’s Friend, Shirley Blair, the fiction editor will answer it via the Fiction Blog here.
When I first started writing cough-cough years ago, I could only dream of an opportunity like this. So if you have any questions, now is the time to ask.
I’ve also decided to copy Wendy and Keith and write about my inspiration for a particular story. This isn’t always easy, because sometimes stories present themselves from nowhere, but I know exactly what the inspiration was behind The Big Secret in the July 12th issue (illustrated beautifully by Mandy Murray) and I know exactly when I wrote it.
Earlier this year I took my granddaughter to her friend’s birthday party which was being held at a soft play area. While she ran round with her boyfriend (my future grandson-in-law I’m told) I sat with my notebook and pen and wrote the outline for the story. The process involved a lot of looking at people and wondering, what if…? But as is often the case, the main inspiration came from the children.