Carry on Writing!

Early in 2014, I wrote a romantic poem called ‘The De La Warr Date’. It was about an older couple who went on a blind date at the De La Warr Pavillion in Bexhill On Sea. A friend later suggested that I sent it to Silversurfers, who very kindly published it on the ‘Showcase’ section of the website. I was delighted by the number of positive comments from readers, and the poem won the Silversurfers ‘Write to Win’ monthly prize. This response gave me confidence, and I continued to write. Three years later, I have self-published four booklets of poetry, and a short autobiographical ebook. All publications have made a profit, with funds raised donated to my chosen charity, Diabetes UK.

Last November I took the plunge and registered with National Novel Writing Month. I succeeded in hitting the target of 50,000 words in a month. After further editing, I had produced my first full length novel by Christmas. It is a romantic story about a sixty-one heroine who discovers she is adopted. It is called ‘Different Genes’.

So here I am in March 2017, with a publishing contract for my novel in my hand. I will sign it and post it this weekend. The book won’t be ready for several months, but I wanted to say a massive thank you to Silversurfers for encouraging me on my writing journey. I am especially grateful to the many readers who commented on my original poem, and others since then. I honestly don’t think I would have had the courage to publish a novel without your support.

And to all those wonderful writers who submit work to the Showcase………keep it coming. You never know where it will lead.

 

You can view all Claire’s poems in our Showcase here ←

About the author

Claire Baldry
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Claire is a retired Headteacher who lives on the East Sussex coast. Claire is an established speaker, performance poet and writer. She has a strong following on You Tube and has been listed in the top 100 Poetry Rivals National Competition. Her poem 'Epiphany' was also published on the Guardian Witness website. Claire has published five booklets of poetry which have sold hundreds of copies. 'Simply Bexhill' was published in early June 2014, and 'Simply Christmas' in November 2014. Her third publication is a series of narrative poems entitled 'The De La Warr Date'. She more recently published 'Seaside and Sailaway', which includes a section of poems about holidays on cruise ships, and Simply Modern Life. Claire has published two full-length novels, the first called 'Different Genes'. and more recently 'My Daughter's Wedding'. Both are romantic stories about love in later life, combined with a gripping mystery. The books can be purchased through bookshops, Amazon or borrowed from any local library. Links can be found at ww.w.clairebaldry.co.uk .Claire and her husband were awarded the SE Diabetes UK Inspire Award in 2017 for innovative ways of fundraising.

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Kes
18th Mar 2017
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Claire, your work is such a treat for us to read, and you so deserve the all the wonderful success you have earned in the literary world. Congratulations Claire. You are an inspiration. Kx.
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That's amazing news Claire! Congratulations! Your topical poems have kept our community amused for a while now, and on our Facebook page too, and I am so glad that we have helped you with your writing journey. Wising you loads of success with your new novel and the next chapter in your writing career 🙂 keep us posted! Best wishes, Sally 🙂

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