Welcome to the Bumpkinton page, here you'll find a brief snippet on how I got into writing these comedy books.
The village stories were a fluke, mostly. I attended an adult learning creative writing course between 2012 and 2013, and up until the end, Bumpkinton didn't even exist. My writing, as the course evolved, grew darker. I like to write quite light-hearted, humorous tales, but that was not the way the course was going.
I started to write psychological thrillers, which was a departure for me. By the time the last lesson came around, I was mentally spent. I could not write another dark tale, I had no energy or enthusiasm. My brain needed a break, so I decided to write comedy instead.
Bumpkinton was born.
Kind of. Here's a secret. It was formerly Harrowdale, but I settled on the final name as I wanted it to sound like a completely ridiculous place.
I have some odd characters in the books whose names were thought up by myself, my partner and my friends. I wanted everybody to get involved, so I asked people to come up with some fantastic names, and they didn't disappoint.
- Amelia Goose
- Whitworth O'Grady
- Jessop Faraday
- Laura Summers-Day
- Wendy Pepper, and
- Artichoke Carruthers, plus others.
Though Artichoke Carruthers is definitely mine!
Releases in the Bumpkinton series
There are currently four single releases in the series, these are:
- Last Christmas
- The Bachelor, and
- Albert's Christmas
There is a fifth story called:
- The Family Jewels
However, this is only available as part of The Bumpkinton Tales: Volume One, the complete collection of my released stories to date, plus the bonus story.
Last Christmas and Bittersweet are award winning, picking up accolades in the BookHippo Spa Spa Awards 2013 for Best Short Story and Best Novelette Runner-Up respectfully.
Covers for my comedy books
Albert's Christmas was released in December 2014, and there have been no single releases since.
Well, I've been working on the first Bumpkinton novel, The Fantastical Gregory Shortbread, for two years, which will be the next release, hopefully sometime later in 2017.
It's why I added The Family Jewels to the collection, to give readers a little extra until the full-length story comes out.
What does the future hold for Bumpkinton?
At this moment in time, I have no plans to stop writing stories, but I will be writing other things once the novel is complete. I have other things I want to write, but I'll always come back to the village, as long as I still love writing about the crazy things the villagers like to complain about.
I hope this has piqued your interest. Writing comedy books is wonderful, hard, but fun and I hope you will enjoy my little stories.