Sunday Times best-selling author; Washington Post best-seller; sold over a million copies world-wide in over 20 countries including the States; features writer for numerous magazines including Woman and Woman’s Own; regular contributor to The Daily Telegraph; short story writer; columnist for My Weekly magazine; former creative writing tutor at Oxford University; former writer-in-residence at high security male prison; former Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Exeter University, past winner of the Elizabeth Goudge trophy for short stories and the Vera Brittain cup for short stories. Do look out for my current serial Family Ties in My Weekly magazine and, of course, my next Penguin domestic thriller WE ALL HAVE OUR SECRETS. The launch date is June 22nd. If you’d like to join me for our online launch party, please get in touch. email@example.com
'Jane Corry writes consistently enthralling stories about the dark side of family life.’
HOW I STARTED
I can’t remember NOT writing! In fact, it was all l could do! (Maths and science were not my thing!)
I began with little stories and short poems. My first published piece was a letter in June & Schoolfriend (remember that?!). At 17, I was over the moon when I won a poetry competition in my then local paper The Harrow Observer. I read English at university and then got a job as a trainee magazine journalist for the Thomson Organisation which owned The Times.
I went on to write for Drapers Record (a fashion trade magazine) ; Parents magazine (as features editor); and Woman’s Own where I interviewed celebrities like Julie Walters, Abba, Zandra Rhodes and people who weren’t famous but had extraordinary stories to tell.
When my first child was born, I turned freelance and wrote for a variety of magazines and newspapers for twenty years. But all the time, I wanted to write a novel!
Eventually I got published as a romance writer but my life changed when my first marriage ended. I took a job as a writer in residence of a high-security male prison for two days a week over three years.
Until then, I’d led a fairly sheltered life. My experience opened my eyes and I saw, at first hand, how families can be destroyed (and also re-built) when someone commits a crime.
An idea came into my head about a young fictional lawyer who returns from an unsatisfactory honeymoon and is sent by her boss into prison to defend a convicted criminal. And so MY HUSBAND’S WIFE was born. My agent sent it to Penguin and I received a two-book contract!
To my delight, MY HUSBAND’S WIFE got into the top ten of The Sunday Times – as did my next five Penguin books. I still have to pinch myself! I am also a Washington Post best-seller.
Meanwhile, I continue to write family pieces for The Daily Telegraph and a weekly digital column for My Weekly magazine as well as short stories for magazines. When I’m not writing, I love swimming in the sea throughout the year, playing tennis, looking after my family and walking.
My ambition? To have enough courage to drive on a motorway! And to have one of my books made into a film or tv series.
'Psychological thriller writing at its very best'
SD Sykes, the Oswald de Lacy Books