Becky Jones is a seasoned content marketer, who lives in Reading, in the UK, with her husband and two boys. As a professional marketer for nearly twenty years, she writes a lot for work – blogs, eBooks, thought leadership reports, web content, email campaigns and more. Around her work and busy family life, she loves to write short stories and is compiling a growing collection. A couple of these stories have been published by Fairlight Books in the last year.
Q: What is the first book you remember reading or having read to you as a child?
A: The tiger who came to tea by Judith Kerr – I’m sure it planted the seed for my love of cafes as a place to go to solve problems ever since!
Q: What is the least interesting part of writing for you?
A: Getting a story ready to submit, because by then I’m usually too close to my writing and blind to any (often obvious) errors! I’m learning to park ‘finished’ stories for a couple of weeks to let them breathe and then I can come back to them with fresh eyes and actually finish them.
Q: Is there a book that you keep going back to, and if so, how many times have you read it?
A: I love Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic. It was my inspiration to get started with creative writing and trust in the process, rather than worrying if my stories are any good. I re-read it periodically to keep the dream alive.
Leah gave the junior manager on reception a curt smile as she pressed her plastic pass to the turnstile and moved through. ‘Swimming today, Mrs Dawson?’ ‘Yes please.’ ‘No problem. The pool is busy today so let me just check. Ah yes, there’s space. Please go ahead.’ In all the years she’d been coming here, …
Hammer toes were something she’d been born with. Her grandmother had truly awful feet – toes overlapping, varicose veins, bunions and all sorts. Summertimes, when she set them free in sandals, were grim. ‘Don’t look down’ was the collective agreement at family get togethers. Chloe’s weren’t as bad as her grandmother’s – yet. Nevertheless, her …