Belinda Bennett

Biography

Belinda Bennett started writing fiction at primary school. Always passionate about creative writing, her talents were diverted to journalism in her late teens after both her parents died.

Belinda lived and breathed newspapers 24/7 for 32 years. She covered everything from murders to parish council meetings, and was notorious for eating all the sandwiches at the monthly chamber of commerce gatherings in her home town of Honiton, Devon. Newspapers were her world - until it dawned on her that the industry she loved was in terminal decline.

She always thought she would be the last rat to abandon the sinking ship but, in the end, walked the plank before she was pushed.

A fierce supporter of the underdog, hence a Corbyn-ite, she is a political activist and supports causes that help the homeless and those whose lives have been blighted by addiction.

Belinda is a freelance copywriter and lives by the sea on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset, England.

*FREE Don't Breathe A Word and the must-read Austerity Street.
* The young woman featured on the covers of many of her books is, in fact, her daughter, Fern Brock.

Smashwords Interview

Why do you mostly write short reads?
I love a good story but, like many other people, am daunted by books that run to hundreds of pages. I write for people like me, who want a high quality read in a bite-sized chunk. I cater for my audience by offering great, modern reads for less than the cost of a magazine. Most of my books average 18,000 to 20,000 words, although one is 45,000 words and another just 4,000 words.
What are you currently writing?
Inspired by a real 14th Century chapel, I am currently working on a short story about a woman on a journey of self-discovery. She has never been married, doesn't have children and is desperate to find Mr Right. A trip to a lofty landmark, built by monks as a retreat, finds her stranded in the company of a stranger. After a promising encounter, things go downhill - badly.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Belinda Bennett online


Books

Bad Trip
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 19,960. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Holiday » Adventure
She went looking for paradise. She found hell. The breathtaking scenery of La Costa del Balsamo masks terror for American tourist Charity Chalmers. The best-selling novelist is in El Salvador to find inspiration for her next book. Cocooned in the luxury of the five-star Plaza Hotel, she thinks she is in paradise. But danger stalks her every move.
Austerity Street
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,850. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Urban
David Turner is homeless. Jacob Barnes and Davey Bennett are hungry. Desperation leads all three to a ground floor flat at Whitmore House, known as The Farm, a depressing tower block in North London. What they discover will haunt them for the rest of their lives. Meet the families struggling to survive on a staple diet of austerity and despair. Visit Austerity Street.
The Alpha Slob
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,340. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Is contemporary fiction, available via digital book platforms, dominated by porn? It's a question internet virgins Mavis and Mabel have to ask themselves. The OAPs are looking for a tasty reading treat - a new cook book by the affable, mild-mannered celebrity chef Cyril Crabs - but are instead exposed to a world of steamy sex. A clean read that pokes fun at erotica - in the best possible taste.
One Billion Tears
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 19,140. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Meet Violet... Violet works at Burger World. Jake is a new billionaire. They were a couple a week ago. She's flipping burgers. He's rubbing shoulders with the jet set. Is she bitter? You bet! A cracking short read you will not want to put down. Rated five stars by Chick Lit Central.
Jackpot Julie
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,690. Language: English. Published: January 25, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Julie Jacobs' number's up. Her marriage is on the rocks after she emptied a joint bank account - blowing the lot on bingo. With huge debts, her perfect life comes crashing down on the same day her husband loses his job. Julie fears her addiction has killed her marriage. She is on a mission to win back her husband's trust - but is tempted into dishonesty. A compelling read about addiction.

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