Tam Sturgeon


Writing History of Tam Sturgeon

I find myself reciting poetry at middle school in Christmas Assemblies. Pam Ayres a particular favourite (and remembered to this day).

I start writing poetry in Secondary School, after finding a poem in a Sunday Supplement. An emotionally charged home life gives me reason to lose myself when my mother is being all weird and shouty. Poetry takes me away from that. I find it comes easily and is prolific. I write various lyrics and silly ditties for birthdays and weddings.

I start my first novel, Champagne Hurricane, a rock and roll love story, whilst I’m having an emotional breakdown. The first in the line of my life changing events starts with my Father dying then my first husband leaving me, all within 18 months of each other. I’m awarded Runner-up in a Writer’s Forum Magazine Competition. I start Art College and use my poems as part of my finals. It earns me a Distinction. I find I have enough material to write my 1st and 2nd book of poetry.

The next three books of poetry are written, one after the other in quick concession. I then relocate to Somerset. The novel is put on the backburner, due to a demanding second husband which ends very badly for me.

I relocate back to Bucks, finding myself with little to show for my time away. I return to my writing and the first novel, which is finished before the New Year.

A massive near fatal heart attack in the March leaves me on the verge of another emotional breakdown. I start to write my second novel and take a very level headed look at my life. Being housebound pushes me back into writing once more, and two more volumes of poetry are poured out before the end of the year. A new novel is also started, a Werewolf and Vampire love story, which runs parallel with the second. Six others novels are also dabbled with, but soon fall by the wayside.

I finish the second, and two more books of poetry are completed. A 10th volume of A-Z Pocket Poetry is then completed. The third novel, still in its infancy, is set aside as the rhythm of the ode becomes my favourite once more. I tell myself the poetry collection will end at volume thirteen.

With the New Year comes more poetry, the 11th book, 12th, and 13th. Later that year my first novel is ePublished to Smashwords.com and is welcomed with open arms by the readers, gaining 10, 5 star reviews, at this time I also ePublish three volumes of poetry. There is also a 14th book of poetry written. Sadly, it was partly lost due to my hard drive burning out. Some is salvaged, but it remains nameless and unpublished, to this day.

‘Champagne Hurricane’ continues to gather followers as the poetry collection grows. I spend time in Canada and write the 15th volume, which is then made ready for ePublishing. The 16th book of poetry is started and finished shortly after. Come the Christmas of 2014 I have started yet another novel. Champagne Hurricane is suddenly rendered a trilogy.

As the storyboard for Book 2, Different Directions, slowly comes alive, more poetry is produced. Lyrics are dabbled with, yet again, and along the way several other projects are started, most of which are all put on the backburner as the novel becomes a constant time-filler. By the end of 2015 Book 2 is a finished novel, plus I have rewritten and renamed Book 1, now known as Never Forever, under The Champagne Hurricane Trilogy title.

At the turn of the year the 17th volume is started and then finished come the end of spring. A break is taken to travel. Upon my return, things pick up where they left off. The 18th is started, along with the Book 3 in the trilogy, Between Favours. These run side by side and see me through another summer, both finished about the same time. I also start writing a fantasy novel relating to the myth of unicorns and why broomsticks can fly. I get half way and am distracted by the thought I am wasting my precious time with needless thing, i.e. all the stuff I’m cramming into my laptop on a daily basis. I stop writing for the rest of the year, frustrated with not knowing what to do with any of it.

So, anyway, early in the year I unpublished one novel, due to its lack of interest. I delete it from my back-catalogue, permanently. The 18th volume is then completed before the summer and the 19th is started. With The Champagne Hurricane Trilogy complete, what to do next? I write my first Action Thriller, a Novella, and finish it in a little over six weeks. As the close of the year faces me, I am ousted from my job of three years for highlighting a Toxic Manager case. I am rendered jobless in the New Year, with huge debts and nowhere to turn.

The first two months of the year are taken up with ill health and what is to become another trilogy. Rewritten for the Young Adult and Teen market, the now gruesome trio, are all based around the same random grisly event but set in different eras, trips from my fingers. This is shortly followed by another short story, which almost touches on Sci-Fi, and is also initially aimed at the Y/A &Teen market, though it could also be enjoyed by anyone into the genre. It is at this point I also finish the 19th Volume of poetry and start the 20th. I diversify yet again, writing my own lyrics to classical and mainstream music. Drawing from my own personal experiences, I compose forty plus alternative ways of wording them. Alongside this, I turn myself into a product and decide I have enough material to approach the Agents and Producers in both the literary and music business.

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Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small market town in southern England, called High Wycombe. This had little influence on me, the area, that is ... My influences came from those I read, Pam Ayers, Burns, Rossetti, Burns, and all the greats of growing up, plus my intense home-life with a bi-polar Mother, I grew up quick when I was 13 years old ... Poetry has always been my first love ... Novels happened only when the ode in me died ... I needed a survival plan ... Novels were it ...
When did you first start writing?
I started writing at the age of 12 years ... My first poem won awards. They did think it was written by someone else because they couldn't understand that a kid, of my age, could find those words. I guess I proved them wrong. I was reading poetry when I was about 6 ... It progressed from there to writing lyrics for songs, written on a bass guitar ...
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Where to find Tam Sturgeon online


Alternative Lyrics - Book 3
Price: Free! Words: 7,700. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
This is a collection of poetry inspired by the Canadian Rock Band, Nickelback. I have spent a while working on several Artist’s works, as seen in Book 2. The guys in this band are true Rock Stars, and I thought it would be nice to show them that they are appreciated, even if the Haters give them a hard time most days.
Alternative Lyrics - Book 2
Price: Free! Words: 8,250. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
These poems are all inspired by songs recorded by well-known Artists. It is a varied collection, exploring many feelings, but all have one thing in comment. They were all created by a bipolar writer. I’ve never taken my condition literally. Why Bother? Nothing can change me, I am what I am and, sometimes, that reflects in my work.
Between Favours - The Champagne Hurricane Trilogy - Book 3
Price: Free! Words: 105,810. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Told in the first person by three main characters, Tee Jackson, Terri Manley and Stevie Manley, their together journey unravels. Tee knows her feelings for her, married with children, brother-in-law, Stevie, have grown, but she is unable to tell him, and he regrettably feels the same way. When their weakness is confessed to the wrong side, lives change direction, and then everybody loses.
SIMOOM - The Sky's Alight Trilogy - Book 3
Price: Free! Words: 51,240. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Based in Dorset, in 1955, it follows the trials and tribulations of several characters facing a horrific situation, ten years after the end of Second World War. All who survive have to make changes and, for some, those changes become nightmares. Facing a blank landscape were the dead wander aimlessly, all could be lost, or so it would seem.
DOWNDRAFT - The Sky's Alight Trilogy - Book 2
Price: Free! Words: 45,830. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Avril Lurton’s 1980s existence is plunged into a world where her speed to learn is critical, if she hopes to stay ahead of the horrors to follow. When hit by a string of devastating events, she must stay strong if she hopes to conquer her ever changing nightmare, the one she never wakes from. Teaming up with an American, Rob Lester, he somehow shows her there is more to life than her daily battle.
SUNDOWNER - The Sky's Alight Trilogy - Book 1
Price: Free! Words: 60,160. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
A terrifying event leaves a group of children wondering if they are all that is left in a more than quiet landscape. Survival is all that matters, and for one young lady, Tally, her main goal is to make sure the youngsters in her care are protected against what lies in the menacing shadows. With secrets held within, maybe Tally can find a way to end the torment around them.
A Scritped Life
Price: Free! Words: 48,320. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit, Fiction » Romance » General
Tilly Stiller is the author of a book that is swallowed up by a Hollywood Director to become an Oscar winning Blockbuster. Charlie Kerman is a high profile, Rock Star Playboy who is asked to work on the soundtrack with the older English woman. Through a few strange events he realises the cover doesn't always tell the story within and, as his feelings for her change, Charlie finally sees the light.
C.A.I.T. - Cyber Automated Intergrated Technology
Price: Free! Words: 53,510. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
C.A.I.T. (Cyber Automated Integrated Technology) is one mega hard hitting, butt-kicking, pretty hot Cyber-Babe. Based around the latest craze for Video Headset Interaction, this story tells the tale of one such character, created to fill the show-game entertainment market. From Cait’s inside world of the cyber-web, there is only one way for her to survive online, keep fighting.
Different Directions - The Champagne Hurricane Trilogy - Book 2
Price: Free! Words: 180,340. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Many things change with time and loss, but how is it possible to move on when you lose the will to live? Tee A. Manley has to move on, even though her reason for living is no longer gracing the world with his presence. There is a way, only one way in Tee’s mind. Okay, it takes her to some mad places, but, moving on sometimes does.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,180. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry
When miles are the only barricade between lovers, what are the chances they will reach their goal? If dreams are made to last, are words enough to keep two hearts together? This is a collection of poetry written when this dilemma is a fact of life. If two people can still be in love over a thousand miles, will their dream of being together ever be made real?
Jupiter Child
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,600. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors, Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
This is the second volume of poetry that came together after collecting it for years. I write poetry as almost a second nature, and some days, like today, I find it pours from me, and there’s just no stopping the damn flow. I can’t imagine my life without writing it, but still kidded myself I would retire when I hit Vol 12. Too late, I've started 13 already ...
Walking My Path
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,490. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
Everybody holds a book within them and sometimes we have to let them out. I wanted to publish this collection because it has meant so much to me in writing it. I spent 6 months welded to my computer, after my husband left me, because I needed to write how that left me feeling.
Winners or Losers
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,580. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
This is an emotional journey through one woman’s interpretation of how you let someone in after years alone. It is a collection of sentimental poetry that examines those feelings that attach themselves to heart and mind. From the very beginning, love at first sight, to the never-ending path, each step is open to view.
Never Forever - The Champagne Hurricane Trilogy - Book 1
Price: Free! Words: 196,580. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
(4.75 from 12 reviews)
When designer, Tee Jackson, is asked to help a rock band produce an album cover, little does she know that within the month, her life will never be the same again. Getting caught in a love triangle with Max Manley, lead vocalist/guitarist, and his on/off narcotics loving girlfriend, Anna-Lee, she experiences love and hate on a level she's never known before. When the lights go down, does love win?

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