I’m an East Midland’s writer who took up the challenge of writing, having completed a Certificate in Creative Writing at Lancaster University. In 2009, after twenty years supporting literacy in schools, I wrote my debut novel for young adults. Get Over It, adventures were published by Onwards and Upwards. That sensitively covered adjustment to life without Mum. Before that, my prize-winning short story, Off the Beaten Track, was published on the web. It raised awareness of child abuse. I’m passionate about contemporary issues. This was recently published in an ebook anthology of short stories, called The Heavenly Road Trip with Help For Writers. The remaining stories are hopeful and futuristic. For 2010, brought a Unique Writing Publications Short Story win with some prose non fiction entitled Love ( a cathartic tale for adults about surviving a miscarriage). Now in an American anthology called Spiritual Awakenings. I have performed at festivals. From delivering creative writing workshops in schools, I’ve branched out into lifelong learning as a practitioner. For the last few years I’ve enjoyed tutoring at Embrace Arts, Leicester University. I’m a foundation 1st Relational Dynamic coach. At present, I’m pitching a couple more YA novels. With the Writing in Education magazine, I’ve also had a couple of creative writing pedagogy articles published. Recently, I self published a children’s booklet to commemorate the Centenary called ‘Great War Winners.’ Excitingly for 2015, I contributed to Leicester’s KLiCbait Volume 2 anthology with a story called ‘The Real Me’ telling of a fictional student’s experience. In April, I read at the Writing for Liberty Conference at Lancaster University. Some poetry of mine was published in 2016. 'Our Picasso Dish' is included in 'Welcome to Leicester', Dahlia Publishing.
F. Linday in 60 seconds
When did you start writing?2006 Leicestershire
What do you love about Short Stories?They take the reader for a manageable retreat.
Do you write in other forms?Novels and none fiction prose.
What distracts you from writing?Living my life, but then I put that down to valuable research!
Outside of writing, what are your other passions?I enjoy cooking for the whole family and getting together with friends.
What is your favourite book?The Message’ by Eugene H. Peterson.
Who are your favourite writers?C.S.Lewis, Mallorie Blackman and Daphne du Maurier
Where is your dream location?Jamaica
What one item would you put into Room 101?Wasps
Do you have any advice for new writers?Sign up to a creative writing course.
Work by F. Linday:
In July 2010, this story won first prize in the Unique Writing Publication's 'Love' competition.The non fiction prose tells of family love and the heartache around miscarriage. The tale is hopeful and honest. Family humour has to click in as does the acceptance of support on many levels. A tale of faith.
Off the Beaten Track
This is a coming of age tale of Yuliya which raises awareness of child abuse in Eastern Europe. Young Yuliya prays daily for deliverance from her life of servitude to her family. She dreams of going to college and one day marrying Branimir - a gypsy youth. But when her father's debts are due, he arranges for her to be taken by his unsavory associates as payment of those debts. Her mother calls upon Branimir and his family and it is with them that Yuliya's prayers are answered. (Provocative)
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