Shelagh Watkins

Publisher info

Shelagh Watkins is writer, editor and publisher at Mandinam Press, a small press company set up in 2008. She is the author of two books: Mr. Planemaker’s Flying Machine, serialised on radio during May-July, 2009 (daily episodes on Preston FM’s Chat City with a weekly forty minute omnibus on Sundays), and The Power of Persuasion, which was on the list for Wales Book of the Year 2009.

Shelagh is also administrator of the Published Authors forum.

Smashwords Interview

Tell everyone a little about yourself.
Writer, editor and publisher at Mandinam Press, a small press company set up in 2008, I'm the author of the Planemaker books: Mr. Planemaker’s Flying Machine and Mr. Planemaker’s Diving Machine, and The Power of Persuasion, which was on the list for Wales Book of the Year 2009.
When did the writing bug bite, and in what genre(s)?
I began writing in 1998 and wrote my first novel, The Power of Persuasion. The book, a work of literary fiction set in Scotland, takes the reader around the world from Europe to the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Singapore, and then back to Scotland. I wrote my second novel, Mr. Planemaker’s Flying Machine, in 2002. Although a work of children’s fiction, the book is aimed at a wide audience: from nine-year-olds to ninety-year-olds!
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Where to find Shelagh Watkins online


Where to buy in print


Books

Four Short Stories
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,260. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Anthologies » General
Four diverse short stories with wide appeal start with a story set in Dunedin, New Zealand, followed by a tale about lasting friendship. Then a modern mythological yarn is spun about corporate life with hirings and firings. The last story highlights the slave trade that still exists in the third world; a story that says a great deal in a few words.
The Power of Persuasion
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 54,020. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Is Jane Austen your favourite author? She is Beth Durban's. When a journalist writes disparaging remarks about film adaptations of Austen's novels, Beth retaliates. She writes to the newspaper and receives an unexpected visit from the newspaper's critic, F. William D'Arcy. At first, she is bemused, but after several sightings of the inquisitive journalist, she’s neither pleased nor amused.
Forever Friends
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 88,970. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
This collection of stories and poems, created by members of the Published Authors Forum on the world wide web, reflects the bond of friendship between writers from all over the world. Forever Friends is a celebration of the power of friendship and human relationships. The breadth and depth of the stories cover all ages from young to old.
Literature & Fiction Interviews Volume II
Price: Free! Words: 35,040. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
This volume of interviews provides an insight into a group of authors from the United States, Canada and Europe, and gives a glimpse of their past and present books. The unique collection of interviews will entertain and inspire readers to find out more about the authors and their books.
Literature & Fiction Interviews Volume I
Price: Free! Words: 28,050. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
This volume of interviews provides an insight into a group of authors living in the United States, Canada and Europe, and gives a glimpse of their past and present books. The interviews will entertain and inspire readers to find out more about the authors and their books.
Mr. Planemaker's Flying Machine
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60,280. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
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Dell and Emmelisa Planemaker, two ordinary children who lead uneventful lives in a small town in Lancashire, discover a unique computer that takes them on an extraordinary journey. Guided by a strange-looking man from a far-off distant planet, they undergo a tough space mission: to follow their father's TRAIL OF LIGHT.

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