About Author Glynis Smy:
In 2005 I emigrated to Southern Cyprus. At 48 years old I no longer worked long nursing shifts. Out came my pen and my poetry pad. A few short stories later a friend persuaded me to turn one into a novel. I laughed, she insisted. I wrote it, but sadly she died the day I wrote, The End. Determined to not waste the faith she had in me, I published Ripper, My Love. It has received wonderful reviews, and I am so pleased I found the courage to continue my writing path.
Ripper, My Love came to me while I was drinking coffee at a friend’s café. I asked for a napkin and pen. I wanted to create a Victorian romance but wanted to add a mystery or suspenseful twist. Apparently I achieved both. Kitty is a vulnerable young woman with a hint of spirit, and courage. During the time period she wanted to leave home, it was dangerous times. You see, she lived in the hunting ground of Jack the Ripper. I didn’t want to go down the route of writing about him/her, so chose to write more about the people who might have been in his life. I am overwhelmed with the way the book has been received. One of the reviews on Amazon.com is taken from a debate article my novel triggered, and totally amazed me that my work could stimulate such a discussion.
What Author Glynis Smy is working on:
Maggie’s Child, my second novel, is due out in December. The novel is based in a rural village in Suffolk, UK.
This is another storyline based around a strong female character; Maggie Sawbury. Her life is hard, and her choices even harder. Again, this is not just pure romance, although it is not a suspense like my debut.
Ripped Genes and The Man in Room Eighteen are my current Wip’s, and will be out in 2013.
Ripped Genes is a story that has developed from Ripper, My Love. I had not intended a sequel, but have been told by several readers they would love to read something created from the ending of the book. So I took up the challenge.
Someone once asked me had I noticed a set pattern of anything within my books. At the time I could not pinpoint any one thing. Now, I can see that I am not very pleasant to my main characters, my ladies have a hard life. Oh, and there is always a dog written into the plot.
About Ripper, My Love
Book blurb: Ripper, My Love
Growing up in late nineteenth century East London, Kitty Harper’s life is filled with danger and death – from her mother, her beloved neighbour and the working women of the streets.
With her ever-watchful father and living surrogate family though, Kitty feels protected from harm. In fact, she feels so safe that while Whitechapel cowers under the cloud of a fearsome murderer, she strikes out on her own, moving into new premises to accommodate her sewing business.
But danger is closer than she thinks. In truth, it has burrowed itself right into her heart in the form of a handsome yet troubled bachelor, threatening everything she holds dear. Will Kitty fall prey to lust – and death – herself, or can she find the strength inside to fight for her business, sanity and her future? And who is the man terrifying the streets of East London?
What readers say about Ripper, My Love:
15 five star reviews; 8 four star reviews
5 Star ReviewAhh to fall in love with a story - this is exactly what happened as I met Kitty, Sarah, Arthur, James and Patrick. Kitty is the woman you just love to love and Sarah is too! I even fell in love with Sally...and then heartbroken at her situation. Arthur, James and Patrick are all vying for the affections of Kitty leading to a story that grabs your attention, holds it and delivers the warm fuzzy feeling as you read the last words....Now, I can't say too much more because then I would ruin it but I do have to say this: It is a wonderful story written by a talented writer - Good Job Glynis Smy on your debut novel! And I am looking forward to reading "Maggie's Child" later this year after it is released!
5 star ReviewIf you've ever thought historical novels are a little bit boring, you really must give this a go -- it's anything but dull! Combining fiction with reality, Smy creates a story with plenty of twists and turns, along with characters you can't help but love or hate in equal measures. I enjoyed the strong, independent heroine who refuses to bow to convention and even sets up her own successful business. Using colourful language, the world of East London comes to life, and you can almost taste the fear and unease that wraps itself around this novel.A wonderful debut, and I can't wait to read more from this author.
About the Woman behind the Author:
Glynis Smy (nee Honeycombe), was born and raised in the coastal town of Dovercourt near Harwich, in the county of Essex, England.
She married her school sweetheart, Peter, in 1979 and they produced three amazing children, Darren, Nicola, and Emma. The long hours of a nursing career and running two pharmacies ended in 2005, when she and her husband moved from the UK to live on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus.
Now Glynis spends her time writing historical novels, poetry and various other projects. When she is not tapping at the keyboard she makes greeting cards to sell for charity, or enjoys a spot of cross-stitch on the back porch. Failing that, she and friends sit chewing the fat over a glass of village wine.
Her poetry has been published in various places, including the on-line, Vine Leaves Literary Journal. http://www.vineleavesliteraryjournal.com/
Visit her blog. A place she likes to keep a record of her writing activities: www.glynissmy.com
To purchase: https://sites.google.com/site/glynissmybooks/