Warner corner WarnerTimes | 11 FACEBOOK FAVOURITES INTERVIEW WITH AN AUTHOR Sutton Coldfield-based Sally Jenkins is a regular visitor to Nidd Hall with her mother and sister. Her third book, published by the Book Guild, has just been released and is now available from major online retailers, high street bookshops and in e-book format. Called The Promise, this new book is a gripping psychological thriller, or ‘grip lit’ in modern parlance, and hinges on a pact made in prison, which then has to be kept for 30 long years… Sally will not be drawn on any more details but does tell of her intrigue by our past lives. “Usually we can forget about it and move on. But sometimes, just sometimes,” she warns, “it can come back to bite us.” Sally was one of those children who devoured books while at school. Enid Blyton, in particular The Famous Five and Mallory Towers, were her regular go-tos on a rainy day. However, the writing bug only came in her thirties. She signed up to a day writing course and got herself a writing buddy, who encouraged her to produce a regular flow of work. It escalated from there. In October 2015, Bedsit Three, her first thriller, became a reality after she won the Ian Govan Award and a self-publishing package as a prize. She quickly followed it with A Coffee Break Story Collection, pulling together 36 of her competition- winning short stories. With her two children grown-up and her day job in IT part-time, Sally now has the freedom to take her writing even more seriously. She draws inspiration, she says, from Nordic Noir shows and authors like Val McDermid and PD James. “Subconsciously I suppose I’m emulating the crime thriller genre. What you experience and observe influences you. It bubbles around and comes out in one form or another,” is her reasoning. Sally admits that there are more frustrating than rewarding days and writing needs discipline, time, and courage. But she’s just as keen to big-up the immense pride of seeing her work in print. “You’ve got to visualise yourself being successful. Everyone has a gremlin that sits on their shoulder and whispers in their ear. But you need to banish it and imagine how you will feel when you’re holding your book, hearing your music or seeing your art in a gallery. Success starts very much in the mind.” Our guests are a multi talented bunch, we know that, and recently it’s come to our attention that there’s an author among you. ARMCHAIR THRILLERS THE PROMISE Sally Jenkins The nightmares from her teenage years come back to haunt Olivia, threatening her future, her freedom and her sense of justice. COVER HER FACE PD James Poetry-writing detective Adam Dalgliesh makes his debut as he investigates the death of a young maid in a dark and gripping story. WHEN WILL THERE BE GOOD NEWS? Kate Atkinson The third in the Jackson Brodie series with a distinct cast of characters and energetic pace, it’ll have you laughing, crying and glued to the page. GO ONLINE FOR MORE 1. Read a lot in your chosen genre. 2. Join a writers’ group to learn from others and get feedback on your work. 3. Write the first draft quickly without worrying about quality. The words can be perfected in second and subsequent drafts. 4. Set a completion deadline for the novel in order to keep focussed on finishing. 5. Each character’s name should begin with a different letter – it makes life easier for the reader! SALLY’S TOP NOVEL WRITING TIPS COMPETITION For a chance to win one of five signed copies of The Promise by Sally Jenkins visit warnerhotels.co.uk/social We love looking at your pictures and reading your comments on our Facebook page. We thought we’d share a few of our recent favourites. Lis Drury 26 December Christmas at Thoresby Hall. You have all made it so special and memorable. I take my hat off to the fabulous entertainment team. My gosh, I don’t know where you get all the energy from. The waitresses and all other members of team Thoresby are amazing. Thank you for making our Christmas celebrations so spectacular. Michael LabanW 11 November Enjoyed our turkey and tinsel stay at Alvaston Hall with GSK retired staff. Food was plentiful and cooked to a high standard and all the staff were cheerful, nothing too much trouble. Tom Stewart 21 November Can we thank everyone at Thoresby Hall for a fantastic weekend at the Masquerade Ball. We thoroughly enjoyed every minute. It was great to see all the entertainment team produce two wonderful shows. Can’t wait to see you all again in March for my birthday. Tom Morris 26 December Sunrise at Bodelwyddan Castle. More news, more stories, latest updates warnerhotels.co.uk