A Problem Shared - Volume One: Ten Writing Dilemmas

Jane Wenham-Jones - agony aunt for Writing Magazine - gives advice on literary queries, writing worries and the obstacles faced by anyone hoping to be published. More
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About Jane Wenham-Jones

Jane Wenham-Jones is an author, journalist, presenter, interviewer, creative writing tutor, writing competition judge, and speaker who lives in Broadstairs, Kent, a town that appears in two of her novels.

The author of four novels (Raising the Roof; Perfect Alibis; One Glass is Never Enough; and Prime Time, the latter being shortlisted for the RNA’s Romantic Comedy of the Year award), two non-fiction writing guides (Wannabe a Writer; and Wannabe a Writer We’ve Heard Of) and a humorous diet book, 100 Ways to Fight the Flab and Still Have Wine and Chocolate.

As a journalist she has written for the Guardian, The Bookseller, Booktime, Sunday Express, Daily Express, The Sun, The Times, Sunday Times and numerous women’s magazines.

She has regular columns in Woman’s Weekly Fiction Special, her local paper the Isle of Thanet Gazette and Writing Magazine, where she is the agony aunt, and you can find many of her Plain Jane posts on this site’s blog.

A member of Equity, Jane also broadcasts on radio, works the after-dinner circuit, talks to writers groups and conferences, and has worked as a celebrity speaker for P&O. She has hosted the Romance Novelists’ Association’s RoNas – the annual awards for the best in Romantic Fiction – for the last six years, presented many events at the Guildford, Belfast and Whitstable book festivals and been a regular at ChipLitFest at Chipping Norton since its inception.

As an interviewer/chair, she has presented panels and been “in conversation with” dozens of authors and personalities including Jonathan Aitken, Rachel Allen, David Baddiel, Lynn Barber, Tim Bentinck, Fern Britton (pictured left), Kay Burley, Darcey Bussell, Tania Carver, Mavis Cheek, Julian Clary, Ann Cleeves, Jenny Colgan, Charles Collingwood (actor), John Crace (writer), Nadine Dorries, Tim Dowling, Stella Duffy, Jenny Eclair, Katie Fforde, Judy Finnigan, Steve Furst, Mel Giedroyc, Joanne Harris, Angela Hartnett, Veronica Henry, Victoria Hislop, Gill Hornby, Peter James, Lisa Jewell, Cathy Kelly, India Knight, Irma Kurtz, Helen Lederer, Prue Leith, Kathy Lette, Richard Madeley, Lucy Mangan, Jill Mansell, Santa Montefiore, Bel Mooney, Kate Mosse, Jojo Moyes, David Nicholls, David Nobbs, Amanda Ross, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Penny Vincenzi, Fiona Walker, Fay Weldon, and Kate Williams.

TV Credits include: Ready, Steady, Cook; Loose Lips; Kilroy; Just for Starters; The Russell Grant Show; The Heaven and Earth Show; The Politics Show; The Property Channel; Legal TV; The Wright Stuff; and Inside Out.

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