Book: My Husband’s Wife
Genre: Domestic Noir
Publisher: Penguin Viking
Publication date: Paperback, August 2016; Kindle, May 2016
Jane Corry started life as a woman’s magazine journalist. Over the years, she has interviewed celebrities including Jo Brand, Patrick Lichfield, Pam Ayres, David Essex and Julie Walters. She also wrote a humorous column for The Daily Telegraph for two years about the ups and downs of family life. This was followed by a weekly page for Woman about how to bring up children. Unfortunately, Jane frequently failed to practice what she preached: her three children got through five au pairs in eighteen months. From then on, she bumbled on without any help. She started writing domestic noir after her first marriage ended and she took a three-year job as writer in residence of a high-security male prison. Jane then married a family bachelor friend who had been best man at her first wedding. They now live by the sea.
Website: Jane Corry at Penguin
Facebook page: Jane Corry Author
Twitter handle: @JaneCorryAuthor
Links to blog posts: http://www.kerryfisherauthor.com/category/blog/
Location: South West
Writer Superpowers (specialist subjects):
These would be: working as a writer in a high-security male prison; living by the sea (after having lived near a London tube station for most of her life); being a youngish, hands-on grannie; second marriages; surviving divorce and creating a civilised relationship with one’s ex; founding a literary festival (the Sidmouth Literary festival); tutoring in creative writing (how to write short stories/novels/life stories); journalism (I’ve interviewed several celebrities over the years); writing psychological suspense
I worked for three years as a writer in residence of a high security male prison. My role was to help murderers, rapists and other criminals to write life stories, novels , poetry and letters to enable them to come to terms with what they’d done and lead better lives. I also helped prisoners write stories for their children. I’d never been inside a prison before (I only took the job because my first marriage ended) so it was a whole new world for me. I am now a life-story judge for the Koestler Awards which are given to men and women in prison for writing and art. The winning entries will be on show at the South Bank from September onwards.
I’m happy to sit on radio or television or festival panels. I could talk about why it’s important for prisoners to write. (Express emotion; lead better lives in the future; maintain contact with family etc.)
I could also discuss why domestic noir is such a popular genre at the moment – and how it can affect an author. When you’re constantly writing about ‘dark issues’, you need humour in your life too. Another angle might be how your family and friends react when they read your domestic noir.
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