Like the heroine of her first novel, Sue Pacey trained as a nurse in the 1960’s when the NHS was still very much in its infancy. With a 50-year- career behind her, she has many stories to tell.
A true country girl, born and bred, she lives near Chesterfield with husband, Stephen, and 3 extremely lazy cats.
She is a keen ‘grow-your-own’ gardener and is at true peace watching the local wildlife.
Sue still works part-time as a midwife and somehow, finds time to write novels. In her very precious spare time, she keeps bees.
‘Listening to Linnie’ is her first novel and there are two more to follow in the series. The second, ‘Beyond the Blue Swing Doors’ will be published in early 2018.
Sue began her writing journey as a member of an extremely successful group of Chesterfield writers called the Wingerworth Wordsmiths. Under the watchful eye of tutor Paul Kane, ‘the lucky thirteen,’ as they became known, won the prestigious David St. John Thomas Award for an anthology at the Society of Authors in London – and at their first attempt!
No less than seven of the group became published authors in their own right.
Sue cannot thank Paul enough for his belief in, and support of his students. “He is a busy, well-published writer of mass-market sci-fi and horror novels but always found time to tutor us to what we have all become. We are so fortunate he came our way”.
Two anthologies to which she has contributed were published to raise money for local charities – one of which ‘Perspectives’ won the above award.
Although the group disbanded in 2010, several of us novelists still meet fortnightly to critique and edit each other’s work. We are all friends too which is a bonus, but never afraid to speak our minds if necessary.I suppose I’m very lucky that the craft of writing came easily to me and I remain grateful for it. So far, I haven’t been troubled by the infamous ‘writer’s block.’ Quite the reverse. There are so many ideas buzzing around my head that I don’t always sleep well. A well-positioned notebook by the bed often does the trick because it’s not until I’ve scribbled something down that I can nod off. It’s a bit like an itch that needs to be scratched.
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