PRESS RELEASE: Timely Novel Set in a Domestic Violence Refuge by Oldham Writer Highlights Domestic Abuse Figures

Posted Posted in domestic violence, Feminism, Novel, Oldham

Jacqueline Ward, a published novelist living in the 19th most deprived area in the UK, will have her psychological thriller, How to Play Dead, published on 7th November 2019. The novel, published by Corvus Atlantic Books, is set in a domestic violence refuge and follows the stories of four women told from the perspective of […]

So what IS feminist about Perfect Ten?

Posted Posted in 2019, Feminism, Feminist, Perfect Ten, Uncategorized

My novel Perfect Ten is number nine in the Feminist Critique category again. It was previously a bestseller in that category along with Naiomi Alderman’s The Power and Mary Beard’s Women and Power. So what makes my psychological thriller about revenge feminist? I am always interested in what people who read Perfect Ten have to […]

Exciting week and exciting news…

Posted Posted in Book review, Books, domestic violence, Feminism, Feminist, Fiction, Manchester, Perfect Ten, Storytelling, Writer, Writing

It’s been a very exciting week for me and Perfect Ten. The official launch date was earlier in September, but the launch party was on the 21st September at Chapter One Books in Manchester. On Friday, it was reviewed in the Daily Mail! Perfect Ten has gone national! In the fantastic review in their books […]

Perfect Ten is Published!

Posted Posted in Creativity, domestic violence, Feminism, Feminist, Freedom, Manchester, Perfect Ten, Storytelling, Uncategorized, Writing

I am very pleased to announce that Perfect Ten has now been published in paperback and ebook. I would like to thank my agent Judith Murray and everyone at Greene and Heaton for their support. Also my editor Sara O’Keefe and Susannah Hamilton, Kirsty Doole and Jamie Forrest and everyone at Corvus Atlantic Books for their […]

Perfect Ten: What is ‘gaslighting’?

Posted Posted in domestic violence, Feminism, Feminist, Freedom, Perfect Ten, Stories, Storytelling, Writer, Writing

Perfect Ten has been read in an online book club this last week and one of the question that has been asked most is: what is gaslighting? This also raises the question of what Perfect Ten is really about. On the surface it’s about a woman’s quest for revenge on her ex-husband for his infidelity. […]

‘Bunny-boiler’? – NOW seems a good time to write about Perfect Ten and domestic abuse…

Posted Posted in domestic violence, Feminism, Fiction, Perfect Ten, Revenge, Uncategorized

With reviews coming in thick and fast for Perfect Ten, I wanted to dig a little deeper into Caroline’s character and her choices. Right from the outset, from my submission to agents and then editors, there were worries over Caroline’s choices about getting revenge on her philandering husband Jack. Would she be sympathetic enough? I intentionally […]

Madonna at 60

Posted Posted in Facebook, Feminism, Feminist, Freedom, Hope, Identity, Identity construction, Menopause, The 'Me' Project, Uncategorized

I’m pausing my very serious book posts to reveal an amazing fact about myself: I am Madonna. Many of you who know me through my day job or through writing will probably think that I am the furthest from Madonna that you could imagine – serious, studious and sober. But ask the people who have […]

Perfect Ten

Perfect Ten just 99p and a bestseller on publication day – get yours now!

Posted Posted in domestic violence, Feminism, Feminist, Perfect Ten, Writing

Perfect Ten publication has been brought forward for the ebook version – due to popular demand! The response to giveaways and The Pigeonhole has been fantastic and this is truly reader-powered. So Perfect Ten is just 99p on Amazon and across other retailers – it won’t be for long so grab your copy now here. […]

Being Believed

Posted Posted in domestic violence, Feminism, Feminist, Fiction, Perfect Ten, Uncategorized, Writing

While Perfect Ten is a psychological thriller, it also has a serious core where the main character Caroline is the victim of abuse. At the centre of this is her isolation because no one believes her. I wanted to write about this being believed, which has become a prominent part of the #metoo campaign and […]

My Write as a Woman

Posted Posted in Creativity, Feminism, Feminist, Fiction, Hope, Identity, Life, Love, Manchester, Narrative, Writing

A while ago I saw an invitation to submit a short story to Women’s Words Manchester as part of an archive of women’s stories about Manchester. The stories were to be archived to celebrate 100 years since some women got the vote, and was supported by the Pankhurst Centre , Manchester Libraries.Archives+. Soroptomoists Europe and the Arts […]