Blacks, Brontes and I ran out of alliteration

Busy week. Nearly died in spare bedroom – No. Lie. – but have also been out and about. Proof below.

Read with some lovely gents at gentleman’s / private club (donno?) Blacks in Soho. Many thanks to the Writer’s Guild for inviting us to their latest Off the Shelf and treating us to a gorgeous meal.


Next up is such a positive review from Sabotage. It’s of the forthcoming Red Room (Unthank), a collection inspired by the Brontes. My story, Behind all the Closed Doors, gets a nice mention too. Feels weird, but still.

Here is Red Room – ain’t it pretty (even if it is sideways)? I hear one of the stories is making it into Salt’s annual Best British Short Stories. This is good.


Also went to the Loose Muse  anthology launch after our weekly writing class. We do loads of things, especially with the MLF coming up. Book gluttons heaven. So have a look and come along if interested!


Manchester launch of Killing Daniel – the postapocalypse

I had 1.1 glasses of something alcoholic. And I woke up at 12.30 the next day. Always been a bit of a lightweight in this sense. Still, in my favour, I think it’s also because these things (and the build-up to them) are peculiarly tiring.

And now it’s all over.

Still, we had some lovely readings from Unthology 3 to start the night. Debz Hobbs-Wyatt read from Theory of Circles and AJ Ashworth read from Monolith. I noticed AJ wrote ‘Beware the Monolith!’ in her copies when people came to get the book signed and I thought – I need one of those. I think I wrote something lame like, enjoy the book, a lot. So sorry.

My Uncle Michael suggested I think about changing my name. Just a thought, he says. Sarah-Jane Dobbs. Which is my twitter account, but that’s because some other Sarah Dobbs (how dare she) who likes werewolves got there first.

I suppose it does feel peculiar that it’s all done and dusted. But there’s now the next book to focus on, and the one after that and so on…

I hope it’s the start of something. And thank everyone who’s supported it so far.

A nice little adjunct, is that the next day, Killing Daniel was out of stock on Amazon. It’s a temporary phenomenon, but if you would like a signed copy of the book before Christmas, I now have 6 left. Click here to buy or send a paypal payment for £12.99 to

You can get an unsigned one from the publisher for a tenner. Free p&p. Email to order.

Below be photos, to prove (to myself) that I’m not making it all up.

Thanks so much everyone! And now, onwards… back to slouchy pants, back to tapping away at odd hours of the morning. Can’t wait 🙂






my Dad!


Killing Daniel launch #1 – Photos and Fun. Full stop.

I’m a fan of photos. I have that thing of my mothers that made her hoard plastic bags at the bottom of every wardrobe door. Stuffed with photos. Photos at the beach with ice cream and pigtails and my cousins and brother. Present piles at Xmas, through the years, cats. Dogs. Relatives. It’s a good flipping job things are digital these days, because I live in a tiny flat and I’ve got millions of the suckers.

Here’s a selection from the Norwich launch of Unthology 3 and Killing Daniel.

I surprised myself by not being falling-over twitchy nervous and being able to listen to the other wonderful readers – Sandra Jensen, who is just cool, right?, CD Rose (funny man destined for Russia a few hours after his reading!), Sharon Zink in her kitten shoes and The Ashley Stokes who is possibly a magician as he can do everything.

I’ll save the nerves for the Manchester launch. Nothing like having to swear in front of your parents eh?

Please come if you can, it’s destined to be a fun night. We’ll be drinking, reading and hopefully running out of books on 13 December, King’s Arms, Salford. Kicking off at 7.30pm.

We’re also celebrating (Northern-style) the launch of Unthology #3 and happy to announce that AJ Ashworth will be reading from her story ‘Monolith’.  Debz Hobbs-Wyatt will also be reading from ‘A Theory of Circles’. Both beautiful and intriguing stories from Unthology 3. The latter was nominated for a Pushcart Prize! Reviews here –

There’s an event page here if you want to sign up!

Anyway, piccies. Courtesy of @TommyCollin

It was fun. Full stop.

You can order Killing Daniel and Unthology3 for £10 direct from Unthank – email

On the day the cold broke…

I picked up a box of books from my neighbour. Not just any old box of books, but my box of books. 5 years might not be the longest writerly gestation, but it is quite a feeling looking at all that work in such a tactile, tangible form. And knowing that it’s knocking about; it’s being read now. People are having their own responses – you can see some of those here. The questions I wanted to ask are finding answers in other people’s imaginations. I hope.

I don’t know what’s next, really. I just want to explore and be bold. And write. Image

You can have one too 🙂