An April Fool in December?

April Fools cover on Amazon~Di B

Author: Diana Bettinson

Title: April Fools

ISBN: 978-1718954496

Formats: Paperback Kindle

When Paula’s husband of thirty-two years dies suddenly she wonders if she can cope. After a lifetime of being told what to do, and how to live her life how will she carry on? Will she find love again, and will she want it? Watch how Paula blossoms from down trodden wife to a confident fulfilled happy person. This is a story of love, betrayal, control and manipulation.

Author, Annie Thompson

Welcome, Annie Thompson

Anne Thompson

Can I offer you a drink? Tea? Wine?

I’d like a cup of tea please, milk but no sugar!

Cup of tea at Coconut Loft1

*Hands a cup of tea to Annie*

Can you tell me a little about yourself? (inc if you use a pen name and why)

I’m Anne Thompson; I changed my name to Annie for writing as it has a bit more of a “ring” to it for children. I work in the social care field, mainly in day centres in Ipswich and Felixstowe. I moved from London to Suffolk to help father with my mother, who has a severe balance problem. I joined a writing group at Woodbridge Library and wrote some of these stories around the titles we were given.

What is the title and genre of your book?

It’s called “The Peter Stories” and is a collection of short stories for children. They are mainly about how toys and situations help or hinder him (Peter – a young boy) with daily life. I suppose in a way they’re mini – adventures.

Annes front cover

Do you write in first or third person? Please explain why

Most of the stories are in the third person, but the one I did first, “Blue” was in the first person. I think this was because I wanted to try to get into the situation he was in, going through a terrifying experience of being in a washing machine, and how I imagined it to be. I feel third person is better for descriptions and dialogue.

How did you come up with the story?

Each story was based on a title we were given in our writing group, e.g “Come fly with me”, “Against all odds”, drawing on some personal experience, such as a trip to Portugal, and “Brave words” was based on the loss of my grandmother when I was young and what I would like to have done.

Some of the toys were toys I had, and others such as the two bears are my cousin’s “mascots”. ”View of the sea” was for a competition of that title and “School Sports Day” was for an event at my present writing group where we wrote for or about children.

Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?

Write it down as soon as you think of it and carry a notebook at all times!

Listen to conversations and you can get inspiration from text messages (esp wrong ones) etc.

Enter competitions if you can and even if you have spelling difficulties or grammar, write it down, as someone can always help correct it.

What is your writing routine?

Unfortunately I don’t write every day as I work three or four days a week and have three elderly relatives to keep an eye on but I try to do two short stories a month for Felixstowe Scribblers as well as enter a competition every so often if I can and am working on chapter 2 of book 2.

Do you have an editing process?

I read and re – read everything and I have a beta reader who checks anything which may enter a competition or be published, and the Peter stories go to an editor.

What do you enjoy the most/least about writing?

Most – it can be done anywhere and at any time, as long as you have a way of getting it on paper.

Least – you have to believe in your ability and I am not a confident person by nature. I find the selling difficult

Where can people find you on the internet?


Is there anything else you would like to share with your readers?

I hope my stories will make people laugh!

Thank you for a lovely interview, Anne.

Annes front cover


Sparrows Nest Concert 2017

The Waveney Author group were invited to appear at the Sparrows Nest Concert and authors ADP Sorisi, Sandra Delf, Franky Sayer, Suzan Collins and Davina Baron rose to the challenge. Not that it was a challenge of course, it was a beautiful event and here are some of our photos.

All five of us

L-R: Suzan Collins, Sandra Delf, ADP Sorisi, Franky Sayer, Davina Baron.

Aisha having make up put on  Aisha signing her book for author Crispin Hook

ADP Sorisi having make up done then signing her book for author Crispin Hook.

Vivienne   Vivienne~story telling

Davina Baron dressed as a cat and reading her book to children.

Franky Franky signing her first sale

Franky Sayer signing her debut novel

Me Bubbles

Suzan Collins                     Blowing bubbles

Sandra running off from The Cats and Curiosity Book Shop  Sandra Delf

Sandra Delf

Thank you to everyone who bought the lucky dips (money to Alzheimer’s Research UK ) and thank you to everyone who stopped to chat to us and bought signed copies of our books.

If you missed this event and/or wish to see these authors (and more from the Waveney Author Group) the majority of our authors will be appearing at the East Anglian Festival of Culture ‘Meet the Authors Weekend’ at The Hatfield Hotel

Eafoc-Meet the Authors Weekend~9th & 10th Sept 2017

Busy! Busy! Busy!

It’s been a busy time for some members of the Waveney Author Group.

Here are some of them at The Loddon Street Fayre:


Under the willow tree

We were in the red gazebos under the beautiful willow tree in the Millenium Gardens, aptly named Literary Garden for the day.


Sandra showing us her new t-shirt

Aisha reading

ADP Sorisi reading from her book ‘Tutankhamun:  He Is Born (Book 1)

Me and a buyer

Suzan has just signed for this lady

Viv supporting us

Sandra Delf book signing

Two sandras

Sandra Joanne Forder and Sandra Delf (on the right).


10 members of the Waveney Author Group are invited to TAKE OVER the Norfolk & Norwich Millennium Library. Some arrived by bus, some by car and these, well…


Having arrived at Norwich Station authors Davina Baron, Suzan Collins, Diana Bettinson and Enrico the much loved character ‘Big Fella’ from Bertie’s Diary, get a photo before climbing into the taxi.

Di and Aisha


Busy start to the day for Diana Bettinson and ADP Sorisi.

Di reading

Diana Bettinson delighting readers with tales from her book, ‘GARI’.

Viv reading

Davina Baron reading from her book, ‘Bertie’s Diary’.

Me and Lucy's grandson2

Suzan Collins reading ‘Stealing Poop’ from the Chatty Cat book series ‘Chatty Cat: My Purr-fect Friends’.

Sandra D reading

Sandra Delf reading from her book, ‘Keep Smiling Through’.

It was a really busy day and we didn’t get chance to photograph all of the 10 members. Sorry.

If you would like to follow the Waveney Author Group here are our details:


Twitter: @wagauthors

The Waveney Author Group is part of East Coast Authors UK

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Twitter: @ecoastauthorsuk

Until next time, happy reading x

Busy week for some WAGS

Last weekend many of the WAGs were at the East Anglian Festival of Culture (#Eafoc) showcasing their books and reading their work.


Lucy and Hilary

Lucille Rayner & Lottie Thorn

Group photo by the Lifegaurd Station

Elizabeth Manning-Ives, Jo Wilde, Tricia Cass, Bronwen Grono, Lucille Rayner, Suzan Collins, Lottie Thorn, Pam Finch, Enid Thwaites


On the Thursday authors Elizabeth Manning-Ives, Enid Thwaites, Tricia Cass, Sandra Delf and Suzan Collins were delighted to be back at the fabulous Saxmundham Library. A fantastic group and one that is genuinely interested in the authors and their progress.

Sandra Tricia Elizabeth and Enid

The authors look forward to going back next year with more new releases and it’s the authors turn to buy the cakes next time!

Kesgrave Library

The authors had an enjoyable time talking about their books and getting published.

Here is Suzan trying to tell everyone about the Waveney Author Group but is slightly distracted after smelling the gorgeous chocolate cake that is on the shelf behind her.

Enid talking about her book Petals of Laughter


Tricia talking about her debut novel No Going Home

Tricia speaking

Elizabeth Manning-Ives signing one of her novels

Helen signing her book

Tricia signing her novel

Tricia signing her book

Suzan sniffing the chocolate cake (real chocolate)

Me smelling chocolate cake

Last but not least and a big thank you to Emma for looking after the authors and making them feel very welcome.



If you missed the event and would like to touch base with the authors here are their details

Elizabeth Manning-Ives


Twitter: @emiauthor

Tricia Cass


Twitter:   @tcassauthor

Suzan Collins


Twitter: @suzancollins

Enid Thwaites: