Who is Jude Hayland?
I was born in London and grew up in the suburbs of Middlesex – as it was then known -before returning to the city itself to study English and Drama and to live and work for the next 20 years. I had my first piece of writing published professionally at the age of 18 – a light-hearted article about being ‘sister of the bride’ in BRIDES magazine. This was followed by a series of similarly light-veined articles which were published in a variety of women’s magazines. I then turned to fiction and began writing short stories that appeared in Woman’s Realm, Woman’s Own and Woman’s Weekly in the UK. Abroad, my short women’s fiction was published in Australia, South Africa and widely in Scandinavia.
I moved to Winchester in 1994 and was a student on Winchester University’s Creative and Critical Writing M.A. when it first launched in 2002. Inspired by receiving my M.A. with DISTINCTION, I began to write longer fiction and to teach creative writing classes. My first full length novel, TRUTH TO TELL, appeared as an eBook in February 2013. My second novel, COUNTING THE WAYS, has just been published by Troubador as a paperback as well as an eBook. My third novel, as yet untitled, is underway.
I continue to write some short commercial fiction as well as working on full-length novels. I tutor creative writing, drama and communication skills and examine for New Era Academy of Speech and Drama. As often as possible, I am at our family house in North West Crete, in a village in the Apokoronas region, which offers the ideal writers’ retreat, with views to the White Mountains in one direction and towards the Mediterranean sea in the other.
Truth to Tell was my first novel, released as an eBook in 2013.
It developed out of my M.A. Creative Writing final dissertation for which I submitted the first 20,000 words although, by the time the novel was complete some 80,000 words (and several years!)later, there were considerable changes from the initial submission.
TRUTH TO TELL is a story with a double time frame. Chapters alternate between the late 1960s/70s and the early years of this century as Mary Foster, the main character, explores and confronts events in her past that prove to have a profound impact upon her understanding of her parents and her own identity.
Reviews of TRUTH TO TELL from AMAZON – Kindle Edition:
A page turner: it’s hard to believe this is a first novel. This is a fantastic observation of a childhood, with so many episodes striking a chord with one’s own recollections of life in the 60s and 70s. I found the book hard to put down.
The wonderful flowing narrative, right from the start of the book, leads the reader into a false sense of nostalgic security. Yes, it is nostalgic, but also full of surprises right up to the brilliant ending.
A very real and engaging novel.
The characters are well-drawn, the story-line completely believable – I found the book engrossing with an enigmatic ending.
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Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 884 KB
Print Length: 266 pages
Publisher: Fino Press (12 Feb. 2013)