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Stella Hervey Birrell is a freelance writer living in East Lothian, Scotland. Her first novel ‘How Many Wrongs make a Mr Right?’ will be published by Crooked Cat Books in 2016.
Other writing includes, The Moon (poem) The Edge Anthology; A letter to… published in the Saturday Guardian’s Family Section; Only most things change (prose poem), Scrivens magazine; Bonus Screws (spoken word), Lies, Dreaming podcast 2016 [date tbc], Empty Nest (short story), Ropes Journal 2016; and Manifesto (prose poem) Dangerous Women Project [date tbc]. Stella writes the tinylife blog on Wordpress, and invites contributions of 140 words - see blog link for details.
She writes everything really, novels, poems, flash fiction, short stories, stories for children, text messages, Facebook status updates...
Born but not bred in a market town in Fife, Stella's mum claims her line can be traced back to Genghis Khan via Russian Aristocracy, while her father’s grandparents were big in the Art Nouveau in Hungary at the beginning of the 20th Century. Despite the richness of this gene pool, Stella herself only appears to have inherited weak wrists, and a penchant for sitting down to write stories.
Stella lives in an rural idyll with her cat, husband, and two children.
on May 15, 2016 :
This is a light read, yet it provides food for thought. Melissa, the main character, grows up with the novel. At the beginning, her mistakes abound, but later she starts to make better decisions.
The virtue of this novel lies in its telling. Told from start to finish, it would probably have become boring. But when you jump ahead with the story, you start to wonder. What happened in between? How did she end up there? Did she make any more bad decisions? And what of Mr Right? Did he remain illusive?
(reviewed 31 days after purchase)