About Judith Barrow

Pattern of Shadows was my first novel, the sequel, Changing Patterns was published in May 2013. The last of the trilogy, Living in the Shadows was published July 2015. In August 2017, the prequel to the trilogy, A Hundred Tiny Threads,was published. In March 2010, The Memory was published by Honno, a contemporary family saga. I also have an eBook, Silent Trauma, a fiction built on fact novel, published as an eBook. I have an MA in Creative Writing, B.A. (Hons.) in Literature, and a Diploma in Drama and Script Writing. I've had short stories, poems, plays, reviews and articles published throughout the British Isles, notably in several Honno anthologies. I am also a Creative Writing tutor and run workshops on all genres and available for talks and workshops.My blogs are on my website: https://judithbarrowblog.com/ where I review mainly for #RBRT. and also interview other authors. My personal posts are on, https://www.judithbarrow-author.co.uk/ . It would be great if you could check me out there. When I'm not writing or teaching creative writing I spend time researching for my writing, painting or walking the Pembrokeshire coastline

Gwobr Nofel Gyntaf Crime Cymru First Novel Prize

Crime Cymru

Launching the Gwobr Nofel Gyntaf Crime Cymru First Novel Prize: a new crime writing prize for Wales

by Katherine Stansfield

Top row, left to right: Jon Gower, Sian Northey, Gwen Davies. Bottom row, left to right: Clare Mackintosh, Awais Khan, Peter Buckman. Image credits: Gwen Davies’ photograph – Jessica Raby; Clare Mackintosh’s photograph – Charlie Hopkinson.

Have you got an idea for a crime novel? Do you know someone who fancies penning a mystery that keeps readers up all night? If so, Crime Cymru has some very exciting news.

            We’re thrilled to be launching a new prize for the new crime writers of Wales. The inaugural Gwobr Nofel Gyntaf Crime Cymru First Novel Prize will champion new crime writers who are currently living in Wales, providing a platform for their work and supporting their writing development. Developing new writing talent is one of our core aims as a collective (which…

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My Review of Inside Out by Thorne Moore #SciFi #TripofaLifetime #MakeMillions

Inside Out by [Thorne Moore]

I was given an ARC copy of Inside Out by the author, in return for an honest review.

I gave Inside Out 5* out of 5*

Book Description:

Triton station, Outer Circles headquarters of Ragnox Inc, on the moon of Neptune, is as far as the intrepid can go. It’s a place to make money, lots of money, and for seven lucky travellers, bound for Triton on the ISF Heloise, that’s exactly what they intend to do.
Maggy Jole wants to belong. Peter Selden wants to escape. Abigail Dieterman wants to be free. Merrit Burnand wants to start again. Christie Steen wants to forget. No one knows what David Rabiotti wants. And Smith, well, Smith wants everything.
Does it really matter what they want? The journey to Triton will take them eleven months – eleven months to contemplate the future, come to terms with the small print of their contracts, and wish they’d never signed. But changing their minds is not an option.
Sometimes it really is better to travel… than arrive

My Review:

For many years I have admired Thorne Moore’s work. She has written in various genres but, threaded through all, there is always a psychological mystery: a need to know why her characters have acted in a certain way, what were the circumstances that “upset the applecart”, as I like to think of it. The mystery may have parallel themes of crime, or the introduction of historical or contemporary, events, or the exploration of relationships, but there is always the psychological ‘why’ lurking. I think this is one reason I have always been gripped by her stories and the intricate ways they move along.

And this smooth progression of the plot is often reinforced by the background of the novel, whether it’s of the countryside and life at a certain era, an old house that’s been lived in by generation, or myths and legends. And, as an added extra, to give atmosphere and emotion to these settings, there are always short evocative descriptions of the weather to reflect the mood of the scene.  Wonderful!

So, I have to admit, I was surprised and not a little perturbed to hear she has delved into writing Science Fiction. After all, one of this author’s greatest qualities is her innate ability to bring setting to life, by just a line or two of description that instantly evokes a sense of place and an immediacy to the background that her characters move around in.

 I mean, a spaceship in Outer Space! No weather, no interesting ‘moving around settings’ for the characters, no historic background, no real characters (Maybe ET-Type aliens?).

 Yes, yes, I know; I have little knowledge of the Sci-Fi genre. Which I was to learn. Very quickly.

It is at this point I always say that I don’t give away spoilers.

 But what I will say is that Inside Out is not just science fiction, it is a story that includes all that I admire of Thorne Moore’s writing..

There is mystery and intrigue. Excellent individual dialogue from the brilliantly rounded main characters, all with their own back stories and reasons for being on what initially seems to be a luxurious cruise liner for rich, middle-class passengers. (I say “luxurious” but there is a ‘wait and see’ moment – and that’s all I will say about that). Together, with a cast of minor characters as foil to the main ones, there is crime, danger, adventure, humour, and even a little romance. And … there are brilliant settings: of the layers and decks of the ship, of the various planets that the ISF Heloise docks at, and of a chilling description of outer space.  And, then, ultimately, we land on Triton, the destination of the group of main characters, where we are made aware of the truth of life with Ragnox Inc.

Just here, I was very tempted to write, Dum De Dum Dum Dah here, but I won’t.

 All I will say, is that Inside Out is a novel I thoroughly enjoyed and one I would recommend to any readers who enjoys character-led stories – whatever the genre.

The Author:

Thorne Moore

Thorne was born in Luton and graduated from Aberystwyth University (history) and from the Open University (Law). She set up a restaurant with her sister and made miniature furniture for collectors. She lives in Pembrokeshire, which forms a background for much of her writing, as does Luton.
She writes psychological mysteries, or “domestic noir,” exploring the reason for crimes and their consequences, rather than the details of the crimes themselves. and her first novel, “A Time For Silence,” was published by Honno in 2012, with its prequel, “The Covenant,” published in 2020. “Motherlove” and “The Unravelling” were also published by Honno. “Shadows,” published by Lume, is set in an old mansion in Pembrokeshire and is paired with “Long Shadows,” also published by Lume, which explains the history and mysteries of the same old house. She’s a member of Crime Cymru.
She also writes Science Fiction, including “Inside Out” (2021)

To Buy Inside Out: Amazon.co.uk: https://amzn.to/3heMJ60

Thorne’s other books:

Amazon/co.uk: https://amzn.to/3mpu86i And: Honno: https://bit.ly/38wBuB9

Contact Thorne:

Facebook: https://bit.ly/33ypdsA

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ThorneMoore

Pantser (Sociopath) or Plotter (Psychopath)? Take my quiz! #Writing #humor

How about you writers out there? Psychopath or Sociopath? Barb’s question , not mine!!

Barb Taub

A look back inspired by Greg Small’s essayhere.

A friend asked me to tell her how to write a book.

“Um…you just type words,” I told her. “With, you know… a computer. There are some books on writing and stuff. I’ve never read any of them, but I hear they’re great.” Thank you, Queen of Lame.

“Being a writer is a very peculiar sort of job: it’s always you versus a blank sheet of paper (or a blank screen) and quite often the blank piece of paper wins.”—Neil Gaiman [image credit: Querty, painting by Alex Zonis from author’s collection]

I thought about the way I write books. In fact, one of the first questions writers get asked in interviews is whether they are plotters or pantsers.*

*NOTE:plotters do what’s on the tin and plan out the story with outlines and notecards and post-its and other organizational-type…

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‘Emmet and Me’ Reviewed by Judith Barrow

Sara Gethin

I’m absolutely delighted to share today a review of ‘Emmet and Me’ by novelist, Judith Barrow

You may know Judith from her hugely popular and gripping historical fiction, including her Howarth family saga series, and The Heart Stone, her most recent novel. And last year Judith published The Memory, set in modern times, which reviewer Terry Tyler describes as “a poignant tale of love and hate” and which other reviews have called “compelling” and “unputdownable”.

I was very excited to find Judith has reviewed my new novel, ‘Emmet and Me’, on Net Galley and on her own blog too.

Please take a trip over to Judith’s wonderful blog and read her review here!

Huge thanks to Judith for reading and reviewing!

And thanks to you for reading this post!

Sara x

PS. Emmet and Me is publishing on 20th May and is available now to pre-order with Honno…

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – May 2nd -8th 2021 -Jose Feliciano, Allergies, Magic Gardens, Book Reviews, Book Excerpts and Funnies

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to the round up of posts you might have missed this week on Smorgasbord.

Time flies when you are having fun so they say, and I do think that applies. I certainly have no idea where this last week went, but here we are again with the round up.

I have had a good week in other aspects to as I am finally on the vaccination list with hopefully my first jab in the next three weeks. Being a similar age as each other means David and I are eligible at the same time. We have decided however that he will book his after I have had my first just in case one of us reacts which hopefully will not be the case. We hope to get away in September and at the rate of 2nds jabs we might just make it by the end of that month. We…

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Guest post – Sally Cronin talks about blogging and her books

A wonderful post with Robbie and sally.

Robbie's inspiration

Sally Cronin is a wonderful blogger and a huge supporter of the blogging and writing community. Her blog Smorgasbord is styled along the lines of a magazine and she has published numerous books, both fiction and non-fiction.

Welcome, Sally, it is an honour to host you on Robbie’s Inspiration.

Over to Sally

Picture of Sally Cronin

Thanks very much Robbie for your invitation to join you today and for the great questions.

You have a successful blog, Smorgasbord, with a large following.

What gave you the idea of a blogging magazine?

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine
Picture of Smorgasbord Blog Magazine banner

When I began blogging it was to promote a recently released men’s health book, but after a few weeks, I discovered I loved the immediacy of blogging and the response to the posts, and was hooked. It evolved from there as I began to share my other passions.

It was called Consequences…

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Competition News

GB Williams Crime Blog

Today I’m sharing some news about a new writing competition.

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It’s not exactly hard to find out that I’m a proud member of Crime Cymru. The aims of the organisation are:

  • To support crime writers with a real and present relationship with Wales
  • To help in the development of new writing talent
  • To promote Wales, Welsh culture and Welsh crime writing in particular, to the wider world.

In support of these goal, the Gwobr Nofel Gyntaf Crime Cymru First Novel Prize has been created to identify, support and promote new crime writing talent from Wales. The Prize Committee consists of Katherine Stansfield, Alison Layland, Alis Hawkins and Jacky Collins.

The prize has a similar structure to the Welsh Book of the Year, with two categories: Welsh language entries and English language entries. There will be two winners, one in each language category. For each language category there are separate…

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – April 25th – May 1st 2021 – Chart Hits 1968, Empaths, Irish Tales, Poetry, Reviews, Health and Humour

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to the round up of posts you might have missed this week on Smorgasbord.

I hope that everyone is doing well. From Monday we will have a few restrictions lifted and we can buy clothing again in the supermarkets and other non-essential items which is useful. Not that I buy many clothes these days as I have more than I could possibly wear in a lifetime along with bags and shoes… and some of them even fit!  But, I do like their t-shirts and everyday clothes and it will be pleasant to be able to browse through them again. Of course I will be looking for just the perfect bikini for the summer lol.. I have no ideas what it would do the breeding cycle of the common garden sparrow if I wore that in the back garden!!

On another note.. Tales from the Irish Garden comes to an…

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Genres Within Genres

Good post from Thorne Moore, Which fits in well with her last post – https://bit.ly/3v8n3vl. And Inside Out is indeed, a ripping yarn. https://amzn.to/3cC8r16

Thorne Moore

I write fiction. When I wrote A Time For Silence, my first book to be published, I saw it primarily as a contemporary novel with historical overtones, but I was told that it would be classified as a crime novel. Which is fair enough; there are crimes in it. But in my head I was just writing about people dealing with distressing situations that were turning their lives upside down, and making them confront strengths or weaknesses within themselves that they hadn’t realised were there. The cause of their predicament may have involved a crime, but really it ran far deeper.

Before I wrote crime fiction, I wrote what could only be described as Science Fiction. Fiction set in the future, on a space ship or on alternative planets, so sci-fi really sums it up. Except that what I was really writing about was people dealing with distressing situations…

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up 11th April -17th April 2021 – Mystery, 1960s Hits, Relationships, Green Cooking, Reviews, Stories and Humour

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to the round up of posts you might have missed this week on Smorgasbord.

Weather wise it has been a lovely week so much so that after the last frost (hopefully) I stripped out all the pots in the front and back of the house two days ago. This morning I went to a cash and carry supplier locally who also happens to have a garden centre at the rear of the store. I got some potting compost and 20 geraniums and dahlias as well as three hanging baskets of pansies. This is phase one as I would like to get some of the bigger plants such as two more hydrangeas and an Irish magnolia tree. I will share some pictures when finished.

I do have a love story to share. It all began with the mystery of how this happened to my car at the beginning of the…

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Past, Present and Future: histfic v scifi

Thorne Moore​ talking about her literary leap from past genres to her latest book. ( I’ve had a sneak preview and loved it!)

Thorne Moore

I’ve had six novels published, some contemporary, some historical, and now I’m going mad and publishing a SciFi novel set a couple of centuries in the future. In theory, it should be more of a challenge to write about a time that we know nothing about and situations that may never happen, with people who might have entirely different outlooks that we have now. In reality, it’s easy. It’s fiction, pure and simple.

Historical fiction is far more difficult because it involves events that did happen. That means you have to get them right, and the characters need to have a mindset appropriate to their era, quite often totally alien to our own, with all our instincts itching to correct their outdated beliefs, prejudices and hygiene. We want historical women to marry for love, succeed in business, challenge any restriction on their freedom and have an obstinate belief that blood-letting…

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And the events just keep coming – Gŵyl CRIME CYMRU digital festival!

Crime Cymru

We’re so excited to reveal the programme for the Virtual CRIME CYMRU Digidol Festival!

The Gŵyl CRIME CYMRU digital festival will run from 26April to 3May 2021 and will feature Welsh and international writers, including Lee and Andrew Child, Mari Hannah, Peter James, Clare Mackintosh, Abir Mukherjee, Matthew Hall, Elly Griffiths and Vaseem Khan.

To whet your appetite, these are just the opening events in the fabulous programme we’ve got lined up for this year’s digital festival. And don’t forget – all tickets for this year’s festival are online and free.

On Wednesday 28th April, at 6pm, join Crime Cymru Associate member, Amy Williams, as she talks to debut author Annette Purdey Pugh and best-selling historical fiction author Lindsay Ashford about ‘A murder at Rosings’, published by Honno this coming June.
Book your free ticket here.
Our partner bookshop for this event is Gwisgo Bookworm, Aberaeron.

On Wednesday…

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The Write Place – My Writing Space by Thorne Moore

A wonderful post from Thorne Moore, which reveals why the settings in all her books give such an evocative sense of place.

Crime Cymru

Every now and then, one of our Crime Cymru authors is brave enough to offer us a glimpse of the place where they write. This week, Thorne Moore shows off the tidiest desk any of us has ever seen, and reveals the beautiful spot where the writing really happens.

This is my desk. If you believe this is how my desk really looks most of the time, my work here as a fiction writer is done. Look, I’ve even put some flowers there, to make it appear really civilised.

Okay, photograph taken, I can put back all the empty envelopes, bank statements, shopping lists, postcards, used screen wipes, mugs, dead batteries, screw drivers, seed packets, plastic bags and random bits of wire that should connect somewhere but I’ve forgotten where, that are currently piled up just behind me. Or I might keep it clear for at least one more…

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Going Gothic with the Gŵyl Crime Cymru Festival

Check out all the events from the Gŵyl CRIME CYMRU digital festival: https://gwylcrimecymrufestival.co.uk/ It’s all FREE!!!

Thorne Moore

Crime Cymru is holding the first Welsh International Crime Fiction festival very soon, on-line (prior to being alive – apart from the murder victims – at the Gŵyl Crime Cymru Festival in Aberystwyth next year). As part of the digital festival, 2021, I shall be moderator at an event on May 3rd. Moderator make me think of a dour Presbyterian frowning on sinful Sabbath activities, but I think my role here will be rather different, because I shall be discussing dark and dreadful Horrible Histories, Gothic crime fiction, with mistresses of the genre, Rhiannon Ward and E S Thomson.

Rhiannon Ward also writes as Sarah Ward, author of the DC Childs crime series, but as Rhiannon she is delving into the Gothic with her latest book, The Quickening. She is a member of the Society of Psychical Research and has studied Conan Doyle’s passion for…

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up 28th March – April 3rd 2021 – Absent Friends, 1960s Music, Communication,

A wonderful Weekly Round Up 28th March – April 3rd 2021 from Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to the round up of posts my might have missed this week.

This week has been one of sadness as we said goodbye to one of the founding members of the writing community here on WordPress and social media. Certainly one of the first that I met when I began blogging nine years ago, and I had the pleasure of meeting Sue Vincentin person finally at the Bloggers Bash in 2017.  It was a wonderful occasion and an opportunity to hug those we had been connected to for years online.. Here is Sue with Willow Willers, Ritu Bhathal and Noelle Granger…definitely good huggers.

A warmhearted and generous friend to all and a talented writer of novels and poetry, Sue has left behind an amazing legacy for us to enjoy, inspiring us with her determination over the last six months to leave us with more. I will continue to…

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