How It All Began

I was born at the Whittington Hospital in North London,

I lived in Kentish Town until age eighteen when I moved to Finchley.

My passion for writing began at primary school. I inherited this from my father, who was an imaginative story-teller.

I attended HGSI Institute in N.W, London, where I met an amazing creative writing tutor who guided me and helped me to develop my ideas into stories. Feedback from fellow students was invaluable in helping me to finish my first novel, a fantasy/Adventure for young adults.

I had a book of short stories published in May 2018.  My “11 Stories on the Go” are tales of:

Unrequited love; A haunted House; A Defiant old Man; Temptation; An unwelcome return; Mistaken identity; A Love Triangle; Forgiveness; Poetic Justice; A Stolen Talisman; A Glimpse of Sepia.

Available on Amazon in paperback and ebook (Kindle)

I am half-way through my first Detective Novel; about a missing child.

I have edited a book of children’s' short stories, which has since been published.

I attended an 11 week CityLit Advanced Fiction Writing Course, which was run online, as it was during Lockdown. By the end of this refresher course, I am now able to assess and respond to pieces of writing with acumen and sensitivity; Identify basic issues involved in writing fiction, short stories, novellas, novels, etc; Apply critical and editorial skills to my own work and the work of others; I produced submissions of my own work for comment on a regular basis.

I will be bringing my Creative Fiction Writing workshops back to Friern Barnet Community Library in the near future.

I am visually impaired and passionate about raising sight-loss awareness. I am an active member of the RNIB (Royal National Institute for Blind people)

I also co-facilitate a weekly mental health support group with my partner.

I strongly believe that we are the key holders of our own destiny. Never give up on your dreams, no matter how rocky the road or how old you are! Mine are the reason I’m where I am today – Sandra Turner