The Literary Consultancy is excited to be working in association with Staple Magazine on an innovative showcase for its writing talent, both online and live at the Free Word Centre. See TLC Showcase Introduction for more on this and showcase editor Wayne Burrows.
Once a month we will highlight the work of one author whose work we have helped en route to commercial publication, or whose work a reader particularly championed.
We look forward to reading your feedback or comments on our Facebook group page.
This month’s showcase author is:
Tina Seskis grew up in Hampshire, the daughter of an airline engineer and a sales rep. Her parents bestowed upon Tina a certain degree of eccentricity: her dad amongst other things built a boat in the front garden on their commuter belt housing estate, moved them into a touring caravan when their new house wasn’t built, and took them all over the world with his free air travel and limited budget. Tina studied business at the University of Bath and then worked for over 20 years in marketing, advertising and online, with varying degrees of success. She is the author of two novels, One Step Too Far and A Serpentine Affair (due for publication in September 2013). Tina lives in North London with her husband and son.
“I contracted TLC to read the manuscript and give me a full written critique of my novel, which included invaluable practical advice on how to improve it. They then proceeded to help me try to find an agent, and although I did not actually end up with one, over that process I received further useful feedback that helped me improve my novel.”
From the introduction – included in the showcase.
“In the end they settled on Caroline Rebecca, although Frances didn’t particularly like either name – but Andrew had suggested them, and anyway she couldn’t face thinking of any others. She held that fact secret, one of the first of many, further proof that she wouldn’t really have minded if the birth had been just a few seconds longer, if the cord had been that little bit tighter, if poor Caroline Rebecca had stopped breathing before she began. The effort of shoving that thought away (who could she ever tell?) took up years and years of Frances’s life and turned her hard inside, right in the centre of herself where she had once been soft and motherly.”
Extract from ‘One Step Too Far’– included in the showcase.
Extract: One Step Too Far
About the Writer