Über den Autor
Linda Lewis began her writing career in 1990 when she signed up for a correspondence course. One assignment was to write about something she knew about, so she chose tropical fish. That first piece went on to be published and, over the next seven years, she wrote more and more articles about tropical fish for magazines in the UK, USA and South Africa. When her husband died in 1997, she began to switch her focus to fiction, selling her first story to Take a Break magazine in 1998. That was when she started to use the pen name, Catherine Howard. Since 2003, she has been working full time as a writer, concentrating mainly on short stories. Her stories have been published in many women's magazines, including Best, Chat, That's Life and Woman, as well as magazines in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Australia. She has lost count of how many stories she has sold, but guesses the number is somewhere between two and three hundred. In 2008, Linda was given a column in Writers' Forum, entitled Short Story Success, where she passes on tips to other fiction writers, and tells them about her life as a working writer. In 2011, her first novel, The Magic of Fishkeeping, was published. In the same year, she began to move away from fiction and switch her focus to non-fiction, producing three short writers' guides, and working on an autobiography. She also runs workshops for writers, including workshops at the Swanwick Writers' Summer School, and at the NAWG Festival of Writing. Linda offers a critique service and tailor-made writing lessons, helps organise and judge short story competitions and gives talks to all kinds of groups on a variety of subjects.
MAKE UP TO BREAK UP...THAT'S LENNY AND ME
I thought I'd have it made once I had a steady boyfriend...until Lenny and I got together. At first it was heaven, just like I'd imagined. Nobody could make me feel as happy as he did. But then the fireworks started.
Lenny was wild, and sometimes I loved the crazy things he did. But I sure didn't love the way he cut school and flirted with other girls. He had a talent for making me mad, and when that happened...watch out! We'd always kiss and make up, and I'd fall in love all over again. But then he'd pull some crazy new stunt, and I'd blow up again. I couldn't help but wonder...how would we ever get it right?