Dorothy Massey

Dorothy Massey

I live in County Durham where I write children’s fiction and educational materials. In 2007 I won a competition hosted by Pinestein Press and was commissioned by them to write three short stories, The Ghost Twin Tales, for the anthology, Mini Mysteries and Kooky Spookies. Another of my stories was a prize winning entry in The Munch Bunch Storytelling Competition and was recorded by Gail Porter, while a further three feature in the UCLan press publication Letters To Africa. More of my stories for children can be read on the website I tutor in English and Literacy at all Key Stages and am the author of the following educational resources: Speaking English, Handling Everyday Situations with Confidence, Studymates Press Listening to Literary Heritage Poetry resource for Year 9, Zig Zag Educational Publishing 2010 Listening to Rhythm in Poetry resource for Year 9, Zig Zag Educational Publishing 2011 A Practical Guide to Workshops for A Level Creative Writing, Zig Zag Educational Publishing 2013 I am currently working on children's novels and short stories for adults and children.


Dorothy Massey in 60 seconds

When did you start writing?

1970 In primary school

What do you love about Short Stories?

I love short stories because they can be read in a few minutes, but a good story will stay around much longer.

Do you write in other forms?

Yes, children's novels. I've also written poems, scripts and educational resources

What distracts you from writing?

It varies, but I now have a regular writing day during which I try to keep away from distractions such as tv, internet and shopping.

Outside of writing, what are your other passions?

Rock music, friends, family and nature.

What is your favourite book?

Skellig by David Almond

Who are your favourite writers?

David Almond, Michele Roberts and Roald Dahl

Where is your dream location?


What one item would you put into Room 101?


Do you have any advice for new writers?

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