I have received this email from Aimee Wilkinson, Writer Development Manager at Writing East Midlands and my new best friend.

‘Dear Garry,

I am delighted to tell you that you have been successful in your application for the Writing East Midlands mentoring scheme. It was a very difficult decision for us, the quality of writing submitted was incredibly high and competition was tough, therefore it is no small achievement that you have been chosen for this partnership and I would like to congratulate you for achieving this.We feel that your work shows great promise, talent and depth of imagination and we would love to help you achieve your goals of refining your work for publication.’

Aimee has asked to read ‘Beneath Napoleon’s Hat’ and ‘Paris in the Dark’ – my latest two books – and will work with me to find a suitable mentor who can guide my writing career for the next twelve months.
What an opportunity.