W H Smith were so supportive and really helped to launch me as a writer. Little did I know that my first book would lead to a career that would sustain me over twenty years or that I would somehow manage to produce over thirty books in that time. If someone had told me that back then, I don’t think that I would have believed them.
It’s also nice that W H Smith have continued to help grow many authors over the years. They’ve always been champions of books with promotions like the hugely popular Richard & Judy Book Club and the Zoella Book Club too. It’s so important to authors, as well as readers, that we still have a thriving book store in the high street.
It’s lovely now that they asked me to be part of this charity initiative to celebrate an amazing two hundred and twenty-five years in business for W H Smith. What an incredible achievement! I’m delighted to be included. Sunshine with a Chance of Snow is a chance for me to bring you a collection of short stories that haven’t been published together in print before. I’m a big fan of writing and reading short stories – it was winning a short story competition that gave me the impetus and confidence to write my first novel. If I’m having a slow day on my work-in-progress, then I’ll often turn to writing a short story as a way to get the creative juices flowing again. I do like how they’re like a little snapshot of life. The Instagram of the literary world!
I do hope that you enjoy Sunshine with a Chance of Snow and Other Stories and know that, by buying the book, you’ll be supporting three great charities, too: Cancer Research UK, the National Literacy Trust and Mind.