Avril Joy

Avril Joy was the winner of the 2012 inaugural Costa Short Story Award for her story Millie and Bird – now published in The Story, Love, Loss and the Lives of Women – edited by Victoria Hislop.

PENTAX DIGITAL CAMERAHer  first novel, The Sweet Track, was published in 2007 by Flambard Press. Other novels include The Orchid House and her crime novel set in Newcastle Blood Tide.

In 2008 she gave up her job as a Senior Manager at HMP Low Newton women’s prison, Durham in order to write. She writes novels, short stories and poetry. Her short stories have appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies, most recently in Root, a collection of short stories from writers in the North published in 2013 by Iron Press and in October 2013 in The London Magazine.

Her collection of stories Mille and Bird and Tales of Paradise is forthcoming from Iron Press.

She blogs regularly about writing and life at www.avriljoy.com where she also offers a free weekly newsletter with writing tips and information on competitions and submissions. She is currently working on a new novel. She is a guest judge for the 2013 London Magazine Short Story Competition.

Avril Joy ~ for a complete list of books by Avril Joy go to Avril’s author page at Amazon ~

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From Writing With Love is Avril Joy’s latest title from Room To Write. Here’s what readers say about this book:

A friend once told me that my cakes would improve if I baked them with love. Hard to achieve when you just aren’t feeling it with that wooden spoon, yet I certainly felt all the love in Avril Joy’s cream cake of a book. It’s not just her own passion for her craft that makes it such a treat, but also her empathy and respect for all fellow writers. She is open and unguarded throughout, a feature that draws you in, and like any good mentor she’s right by your side. The quotes from other writers are a delight, but best of all was discovering ‘The Problem of Perfect’. Perfectionism does not explain my reluctance in the kitchen (that’s more about disinterest) but it does explain why I mess about so much as a writer. Thank you Avril for telling it with love. May you long stay by my side. J MacKenzie

Avril Joy has produced a How-to-Write book that is approachable, encouraging
and enabling. It offers something for everyone who loves writing, whether beginners or experienced writers;
writing alone or members of writing groups. BookWorm

Her honesty and integrity shine through.
Avril is happy to share her triumphs and her disappointments and that is why the book is such a success. It is wholly comforting that the writer who won the Costa Short Story Competition 2013 has also had to learn to cope with rejection. Erica

If you are in love with writing then you will love ‘From Writing With Love’.

If you would love to write but don’t know how to begin then you will love ‘From Writing With Love’.

if you are inspired to write but are fearful of putting pen to paper then you will love ‘From Writing With Love’.

If you love to read then you will love ‘From Writing With Love’.Gillian

Read all 14 five star reviews HERE


Also from Room To Write:

Inspired by a visit to  the Lost Gardens of Heligan, The Orchid House is set within a great Cornish gardenOH Blogger.
When her partner drowns on the beach in Sri Lanka, Roma returns to Cornwall and retreats into the arms of orchid- lover and Head Gardener on the Trescombe Estate, Will Trant. Here Roma begins work on illustrations for the 1887 Journal of another Head Gardener, the Victorian, Henry Dodson. Roma grows to love the gardens and to admire Henry and his work. But the world of Trescombe is peopled with the ghosts of the Russell family and filled with echoes of her own tragedy. A tragedy that Roma is finally, only able to confront when she embarks on a dangerous and erotic affair which culminates in betrayal and forces her to flee her self- imposed exile.


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