This brief note was shoved under my hotel room door, and I found it after coming back from meeting with Oriana. It was signed by Bonnie Richards, Joel’s most recent girlfriend.
I hated Alicia even before I met her. The sentiment in Bonnie’s words surprises me, as all most of the interviewees have expressed a liking at the very least. All I had heard from Gary before Joel arranged for us to meet, was how great she was. It didn’t help when I realised just how deeply Joel loved her. The jealousy rolls off the page, and is hardly what I expected. I knew that she was happy with Theo, but it was obvious after spending twenty minutes with both her and Joel, that Joel hadn’t got over her, and that there was a connection there on her side too. I wasn’t really surprised when I saw that Joel had been there when she was killed.
I'm a thirty something woman who lives in the north of England. I have been a writer for as long as I can remember, creating stories both written and verbal since childhood. While studying at Edge Hill College, I got several poems published by a small publisher in the USA, and in Europe. I have been part of several writing groups, and done quite a few courses in a attempt to hone my writing skills further. I love reading different genres of fiction, knowing that the best way to develop my own writing, and my vocabulary is by exposing myself to the different ways that other people choose to describe things.
The most recent writing course that I've been part of, run by a published author, included a exercise in which we were challenged to read things that we would never usually even look at.
It inspired me to take up a challenge. Namely to attempt to read at least one book by every author which is stocked in my local library. I soon realised that I was being far too ambitious, especially given the fact that every library rotates their stock too often for me to keep track.
I've decided to instead attempt to read a book every day, starting with a author whose surname begins with A, and ending with a author whose surname begins with Z. It doesn't matter what the topic of the book is, or if it's fiction or non fiction, everything is useful for me at the minute.
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