Hello, and thank you for visiting my site. I hope that you'll return often and always find something of interest about my world and what inspires me to pick up a pen. (This is a figure of speech, unfortunately. My handwriting is terrible!) Here's what I've been up to recently...
Delighted to announce that ‘Foreshadowing’, a short prequel to my novel ‘Shadows of the Past’, is now FREE to download from Smashwords. https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/939207
I’ve taken the advice of friends and fellow writers about the title and the cover – the original (a black and white image of a class of schoolgirls with their faces blanked out) proved unpopular with most – so I hope that the new one will meet with approval. The prequel delves into what persuaded the three girls who went missing in France to go there in the first place. It may strike a particular chord at this time of year!
15 May, 2019
This latest story of mine to appear in a TPF fiction special was inspired by an anecdote I heard in France a few years ago.
On holiday in Charente-Maritime, I was invited for afternoon tea – very British – by some ex-pats who had set up home in the village and they told me about a cheeky magpie that had helped itself for a long time to anything it fancied. Exasperated market stallholders and shopkeepers were all for having it shot, but the Brits – more sentimental about our fellow creatures – decided to trap it humanely in a large box and transport it somewhere out of harm’s way.
The plan seemed to have backfired when their cat followed the magpie into the box, but the result was one that no one could have predicted. They both shot out again, with the magpie in hot pursuit of the cat, which ran for its life.
From this true story, I was able to ’embroider’ a tale of romance between neighbours. To fit the requirements of the magazine, my original has been quite heavily edited, but I’d be very happy to pass on a copy of the original to anyone interested.
9 May, 2019
It’s taken a while, but it’s finally here. (Scroll down to see the post about the recording.)
If you’re already familiar with the book, you’ll notice something different about the cover of the audio version. Yes, it’s square! That’s a requirement of ACX and involved quite a lot of jiggery pokery with the original.
A free sample is available to listen to on Audible and I do hope that it will stimulate bumper sales. You can find it by copying and pasting the following link: https://www.audible.co.uk/search?keywords=Maggie+Cobbett&ref=a_hp_t1_header_search
I also have a few free promotional credits to give away on a first come, first served basis. If you’d like one and would consider writing a review, please get in touch.
23 April, 2019
Promoting books is just as hard, if not harder, than writing them and I’m always keen to try out new ways of doing so.
Following the advice of other PYA (Promoting Yorkshire Authors) members, I gave BookHippo a try, succeeded at my second attempt and am now proud to be one of its featured authors!
BookHippo (unlike many other promotional websites) makes no charge, although donations are requested in order to keep on expanding.
18 April, 2019
I always enjoy a good musical and the Ripon Operatic Society’s production of ‘Evita’ was no exception. So good I saw it twice, in fact. Once at the dress rehearsal and again later in the week.
It was my absolute pleasure to review the show for the local papers. This is how my review appeared, only lightly edited. The Society has the full version, but I’d be happy to send a copy to anyone else who wishes to see it.
13 April, 2019
Last night saw me being interviewed for David Driver’s show, the Writers’ Bookshelf. Knowing that the programme ran for two whole hours, I was very nervous but needn’t have been. David was the perfect host and put me at my ease straight away. A few minutes into the programme, I’d almost forgotten that I was on air and we were chatting away like a couple of old friends in a pub.
David had certainly done his homework and asked me about many other aspects of my life as well as my books. Our conversation was interspersed with some of my favourite tracks too, which allowed time to relax and have a sip of water.
Drystone Radio broadcasts on 103.5FM to South Craven and the Yorkshire Dales providing a local resource for information, events and great music. A podcast of my interview will be available for three weeks from drystoneradio.com/ondemand.
3 April, 2019
As I was a great admirer of the late Geoffrey Smith, it was probably only a matter of time before a television gardener took centre stage in one of my short stories.
Originally entitled ‘Just the Ticket’, this is my latest contribution to the hallowed pages of The People’s Friend. Rejected the first time round because of an ‘information dump’ about volunteering in a hybrid local library – something I’d recently begun to do when I wrote it – the revised version met with approval and appeared on the shelves of our local W.H.Smith today.
The novelty of seeing my work in print has never worn off and I hope it never will.
27 March, 2019
Ebooks? Paperbacks? What next? Following a strong recommendation from a writer friend, I’ve been spending a couple of hours on alternate Mondays in the Melrose Yard Studios in York. Sam Holdstock could not have been more patient or encouraging to a novice and the recording of ‘Workhouse Orphan’ is now complete. Watch this space for the release of my first audio book!
26 March, 2019
The York Literature Festival offered an opportunity to writers to offer their wares for sale in the central library (York Explore) this year. Paul Smith, Neelie Wicks, Rosemary J. Kind and I shared a table to represent PYA (Promoting Yorkshire Authors).
24 March, 2019
It’s been quite a while since my work last appeared in The Weekly News and this story is quite unlike anything that I’ve ever submitted before.
As soon as I came across Lovelace’s poem, written whilst he himself was incarcerated, the character of Bill began to form in my mind and refused to disappear. As he muses on what led him to his lonely cell and, even more, what the following morning holds, I hope that readers will begin to empathise with him. Some already have and tell me that they were taken aback by the twist at the end.
If you’d like to read the whole story, please let me know and I’ll make it possible.
9 March, 2019