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Miranda Dickinson

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about me

By day I am a mild-mannered Copywriter, writing reports for the UK Food Industry...

By night, I am.... A SUPER HERO!!

Well, a romantic comedy writer, to be truthful, but a Super Hero looks better on my CV. I wrangle with words, wrestle with ideas and tussle with grammar (and she's strong, let me tell you!)

I live in the glorious Black Country, where I'm also a singer-songwriter and occasional singer in a wedding band (9 to 5 or Love Shack, anyone...?) I write a short story blog at: www.septembers-cafe.blogspot.com and a general blog at: www.coffeeandroses.blogspot.com

My novel Coffee At Kowalski's was spotted on Authonomy by Avon (HarperCollins) and was published as Fairytale of New York in November 2009 - becoming a Sunday Times Top 10 Bestseller and selling over 108,000 copies so far - craziness! My second novel, Welcome to My World was published last year and became a second Sunday Times Bestseller. I'm currently editing my third novel for Avon, It Started With a Kiss, which will be published later this year.

All this year I'm chronicling a year in the life of a book in my video vlog at www.coffeeandroses.blogspot.com. If there's anything you would like to know about the process of writing and editing a book, just ask! You can leave a comment on the blog or email me at: mirandawurdy@gmail.com

What all this proves is that the sparkly dream of being published is COMPLETELY possible! It happened for me - so it can happen for you, too!

Despite now being a rom-com author, my slightly weird comic streak is also still alive and well with my very British tea-lady comedy-spy-thriller, Travels with my Teapot... so please pop in and enjoy a cup of intrigue and a sneaky custard cream... Or spend some time with Vinnie, the 3,000 year-old wombat in my daft comedy thriller The Mystical Wombat's Guide to Life...

And now, I must fly... There's a spot of pesky exposition that needs bringing under control in Sector Three... Fear not! I am on my wa-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-ay!

favourite books

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Radio Romance by Garrison Keillor
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde
Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
Lost For Words by Lorelei Matthias
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Lost Continent by Terry Pratchett
The Truth by Terry Pratchett

my websites

http://www.miranda-dickinson.com     http://www.septembers-cafe.blogspot.com

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my books

The Mystical Wombat's Guide to....

Miranda Dickinson

When world-weary hack Heston McBee decides to end it all, it's just the beginning.. Mystery, comedy, thrills and a 3,000 year-old mystical marsupial!


When world-weary hack Heston McBee decides to end it all, it's just the beginning..

Little does he realise when he flings himself off a bridge that he is heading into an adventure like no other. Rescued from the river by ferryman Old Sid, he is taken to Tintennet, a beautiful coastal village hiding a dark secret. Here, he meets a motley crew of societal drop-outs, each concealing a tragic past: Archie, owner of the Layback Surf Shack; kooky Flower, bustling landlady Genoa and Marjie, the odd lady who chats with magpies. Unexpectedly given a second chance at life, McBee begins to enjoy his new home, all the time battling his stubborn journalistic instincts which are telling him that the perfect seaside village isn't perfect after all...

One night he begins to read The Book of Wom - an old book given to him by Sid before they parted - and inadvertently summons its author... Enter Vombatus Ursinus Vinnuelo A’Sup - or Vinnie, for short - a 3,000 year-old mystical Wombat with a penchant for food and the key to McBee's destiny. Together, they must face the mysterious, all-powerful Organisation and uncover Tintennet's shocking secret...

 

Coffee At Kowalski's

Miranda Dickinson

Rosie is happy at Kowalski's florists in New York - until her past catches up with her. Romantic comedy with a cast of memorable characters.


What happens when an optimist with a broken heart meets a pessimist who has everything he ever wanted? Rosie Duncan is happy. Or so she thinks. Her florist store in New York's Upper West Side, which she took over from the enigmatic Mr Kowalski six years ago, is flourishing. She has a wonderful life in her adopted city, surrounded by friends that love her. While Rosie refuses to discuss her past - or why she won't consider looking for a relationship - her assistants Ed (the human iceberg) and Marnie (who appears to have dated the whole of Manhattan), together with inimitable New York Times columnist Celia (a one-woman tornado), do their best to convince her to open her heart. But when hopelessly optimistic Rosie meets self-confessed pessimist Nate, their blossoming friendship over coffee at her store begins to shake her resolve - and unravel the mystery surrounding her arrival in New York. Then a chance meeting brings Rosie face to face with her past – and now she must choose which way her life will go. Is she falling for Nate? Will she be able to love again? And what is going on with her best friend Ed?

 

Travels with My Teapot (or Tea....

Miranda Dickinson

Nobody suspects a Tea Lady... The sleeping agents of T-CUP have been working, unnoticed, for years. A breathless spy-thriller-comedy of truly epic proportions!


Nobody suspects a Tea Lady.

Working covertly in Governments, Media Organisations and Global Businesses, the sleeping agents of T-CUP have been waiting, unnoticed, for years.

But now is the time for the Tea Ladies to arise.

Dastardly plans are afoot at the Ministry of Civilised Society - plans which could have dire consequences for those deemed 'unfit' to belong. Daniel F. Helman MP, the darling of the Pinke Government and apparent defender of all things multicultural, is plotting something entirely different behind closed doors. It seems that nobody can stop him - not even maverick young journalist, Seymour Smith...

Meanwhile, Lottie Derring is starting to realise exactly how special she is - much to the exasperation of her older brother Sid. And now she has discovered the right portal, it seems that the prophecy proclaimed over her at birth might just be coming true...

With time running out (in several dimensions), Lottie, Sid, Seymour and T-CUP's special agents must work together to stop the Helman Plan for Civilisation in a breathless race against rogue officials, the forces of evil and sub-standard bourbons...

 

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Amanuensis wrote 103 days ago

Woot, woot, old fruit! Hear you've been selling oodles and oodles.....

tone099 wrote 117 days ago

My name is Peter Reich, special investigator to the Pope and former c....

EBUE wrote 289 days ago

hello my dear' my name is JULLIET EBUE ,i saw your profile....

vanessalynnsiderias wrote 551 days ago

Hi MIranda, I'd like to first say congrats on being published!! :)....

Serkeen wrote 562 days ago

Hello Miranda. I am a new member but have read your brilliant news po....

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I wrote 1465 days ago

Hi Mick Thanks for letting me know about your book - I'm glad I read it! The premise of your story is really good and your characters are well-voiced and engaging. You have a great sense of inner dialogue (a crucial part of good chick-lit stories) and I like the cultural references you use to ind... view book

I wrote 1860 days ago

Hi Michael This is a well-written, sharply observed story with well-formed characters and a great twist at the end (always a killer touch!) I love the voice of your protagonist - that mixture of teen angst, crushing shyness and blazing aspirations comes across really well throughout the story. I ... view book

I wrote 1950 days ago

Hey Stanny WOW. This is brilliantly written, peopled by weird and wonderful characters and moves at a cracking pace. I love the hidden gems you've cleverly woven into the text - like Elvis and George Formby arguing about the correct spelling of 'uh-huh' and the inanimate object from the cereal bo... view book

I wrote 2002 days ago

Love it. love it, love it - from the claustrophobic frustration of the protagonist in his wheelchair watching the boys play football to the bubbling under-surface tensions between father and son and the evocative descriptions of the landscape around them - this is one class act. I read two chapters ... view book

I wrote 2066 days ago

Wow, Keith - thanks for your detailed comments! I'll try and respond as best I can... I think the main thing with this story is that it starts from an innocuous place - a car boot sale in a soggy field - but the action begins when Lottie finds the teapot, which is right at the start of Chapter On... view book

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