I began professionally writing over 35 years ago, producing editorials, and informational pieces for magazines, newspapers and educational booklets. I contributed over 250+ pieces for a website which I designed and created, and which won the Golden Web Award from the International Association of Web Masters & Designers for Design, Creativity and Content, 3 years in a row.
Upon retirement from my professional business career I took up fictional writing and wrote an award-winning historical novel, and a series of children’s picture story books, as well as a variety of other works in differing styles and genres. I’ve organised a few writing competitions where all winners and runners-up have been published in a anthology books.
Apart from my writing, I now mentor writers across the world, including younger writers who are wanting to learn the craft of writing. Through my organisation mentoringwriters.co.uk I guide adult writers of all abilities through the maze of writing towards their ultimate goal of publishing. With the younger writers I do this through the Kids4Kids.org.uk organisation.
I have been privileged to be a judge for the BBC Radio 2’s ‘500 Words’ Children’s Writing Competition, something I thoroughly enjoyed. I also judge other competitions including those in Australia, New Zealand and the UK.
If you need help with any aspect of writing or know a youngster who needs help then feel free to message me for details.
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Choosing to use a pseudonym or pen name is one question many authors ask themselves. There are many reasons for not using one’s own name, and these can range from wanting to keep your writing private, to financial, or even family reasons. To-date I have always chosen to write using my real name as I didn’t think it mattered. That was until I wrote THE BRAMPTON MUSKETEERS, hence the use of the name ROBINA BROOKS. Whether I will write more under this name or even other pen names I do not know.
ROBINA BROOKS - The Brampton Musketeers:
Having wanted to experiment with a new style of writing, the content within this book is a contrast to the other works I have created ie Children’s Picture Books and historical fiction. As such, I didn’t want to muddy the waters. Whilst the stories contained within the book are a figment of my imagination they are based on some factual events that happened to people I knew in my early years. The names are of course fictitious. The question is whether you can determine fact from fiction as the events are, in the main, quite true to life. I hope my readers will enjoy learning about the Brampton Musketeers' journey as they travel through those times in their lives that are portrayed in this book.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
The ‘Class of 64’ Reunion’ invitations have been sent out. Seven, in particular, bear the crossed swords on the envelope flaps, these being the sign of the Brampton Musketeers.
These seven girls, all members of Brampton High School, were lovingly nicknamed the Brampton Musketeers by their teachers during those formative school years. A place where strong friendships were forged and promises were made. But school finished, and their lives moved on.
Twenty years later, each of the seven opens the invite and questions what had happened? Also, whether or not they should attend the event.
This story is full of emotion, fear, regret and just maybe, a happy ending - only time will tell.
Please note there is a small amount of adult content in this story.