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Anything for a Quiet Life – with “Living Quietly” Magazine

A post about my new writing commissions at Living Quietly magazine

cover of October issue of Living Quietly
The October issue contains my short story “The Butterfly Clip”

I’m pleased to announce that I’m now writing for a new online magazine called Living Quietly.

Even the title makes me feel calmer, and that’s even before I’ve looked at the elegant, cool interior layout and read the articles. It’s a new publication, with the second issue just out as a paid-for download, (how very 21st century!) Print copies are also available of the first issue.

I have to thank my author friend AA Abbott for pointing me in their direction, when she saw they were looking for short stories to be featured. As she writes action-packed thrillers, it’s not her usual stomping ground, but she’s always got an eye open for an opportunity, both for herself and, very generously, for her writing chums.

  • In the October issue, they’re carrying my sweet short story “The Butterfly Clip”, the closing piece in my collection Marry in Haste.
  • In the December issue they’ll be featuring a story from my festive Stocking Fillers. (I’m not sure yet which one.)
  • Then in January I’ll be writing a new piece for them to mark the Forestry Commission’s Centenary in 2019, inspired by my long-term love affair with the National Arboretum at Westonbirt, not far from where I live.
Photo of Virginia Woolf
Virginia Woolf is also a contributor to Living Quietly!

I was chuffed to find that on the contents page of the October issue, I share the billing with one of my writing heroes, Virginia Woolf! The first and probably the last time that’s likely to happen! They’ve included one of her stories also.

It turns out both the magazine’s editor, Margaret Bligton-Boyt and I were inspired by an early age by Woolf’s seminal essay, A Room of One’s Own – essential for anyone’s quiet writing life, I reckon.


To find out more about Living Quietly, just pop over to their website here: or follow them on Twitter at @living_quietly.

To find out more about my short story collections, click on the book titles below:

Marry in HasteStocking FillersQuick Change


English author of warm, witty cosy mystery novels including the popular Sophie Sayers Village Mysteries and the Gemma Lamb/St Bride's School series. Novels published by Boldwood Books, all other books by Hawkesbury Press. Represented by Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agents. Founder and director of the Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival. Course tutor for Jericho Writers. UK Ambassador for the Alliance of Independent Authors. Lives and writes in her Victorian cottage in the heart of the beautiful Cotswold countryside.

4 thoughts on “Anything for a Quiet Life – with “Living Quietly” Magazine

  1. Congrats, the magazine’s cover (& title!) looks awesome. I know part of your contribution is repurposing content you had already, but on January there’s a new piece from you, and I really keep wondering where do you find time to do all you do, including nurturing relationships. Best of luck!

    1. Thank you, Roberta. I also wonder myself sometimes how I fit it all in, and hadn’t been intending to take on any more responsibilities, but when they called for a volunteer to write something new to mark the Forestry Commission’s centenary, I couldn’t resist, having just renewed my membership at the Westonbirt Arboretum, where I’m hoping to spend a lot of time writing my novels after an inspirational morning stroll! (There’s a post coming on that topic soon!)

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