A-Z Curious Sussex

It is always exciting when an author receives the proof of the next book, and I hope this trill will never leave me even though this is my 27th book.

Story Of Pembrokeshire

Thankfully I get the same thrill out of receiving the proofs of a new book as I did with my very first one way back in 1992, and followed by a series on the counties of Wales.


In 1986 I had been medically retired and felt my life was closing in around me.  I seemed to be trapped in a box that was become even smaller as things I once enjoyed doing were no longer possible.  In desperation I turned to writing very vindictive pieces asking the question, why me? But being a positive person that did last for long and I soon changed to writing pieces about why not me, and I found I was actually enjoying it.

Carmarthen book cover

Thanks to being diagnosed with a genetic condition I had unwittingly found the benefits of writing for therapy and a new vocation. That September I enrolled at a local creative class at our local Adult Education Centre, and encouraged b my tutor I started to send articles out, and was lucky enough to get most published, and not long after several failed retinal detachments followed, but I was hooked and wrote about anything that interested me.

Eastbourne book signing

However this time, for the first time ever the proofs took me a lot longer to turn around, mainly because they arrived at the wrong time for me – a few days before the Stickler conference, and although I took them with me, I didn’t have five minutes to myself.  As it usually takes me only a few days to turn them around I wasn’t too bothered until I sat down to do the job.  There had been changes at the publishing house and they were late arriving.  Proofs that would normally be just a checking job turned out to be a problem.  Images were in the wrong place with wrong captions, and parts of the text just didn’t make sense.  The situation was conpounded because it is that time of the year when you catch up with friends for lunch and I was determined not to cancel arrangement already made, so I gritted my teeth and got on with job.

Haunted Worthing

They were eventually finished and went off last Thursday, but because there were so many errors yesterday I received a second set of proofs to check, which have to be back by Friday morning!  So that is my job today before I head off for tea with a friend and my usual hydrotherapy session.  I quick glace last night revealed that this set of proofs is up the usual standard I can expect, so fingers crossed, it will be published in time for Christmas and the usual round of book signing.

Not a Guide to Worthing

What’s the name of the new book?  The A-Z of Curious Sussex , a compendium of strange stories of mysteries, crimes and eccentrics, which I hope will something to fascinate  everyone as I takes you on a grand tour of the curious and bizarre, the strange and the unusual from Sussex’s past.

Shipwrecks of Sussex

Read about the Alfriston Star, the hostelry for medieval package tours with its unusual ship’s figurehead, the infamous  murders as well as the crimes for money and did George, Prince of Wales really marry his beloved Maria? Along the way you will meet scandalous residents, inventors, and smugglers galore.

Story Of Gower

About Wendy Hughes

Wendy turned to writing, in 1989, when ill-health and poor vision forced her into early medical retirement. Since then she has published 26 nonfiction books, and over 2000 articles. Her work has appeared in magazines as diverse as The Lady, Funeral Service Journal, On the Road, 3rd Stone, Celtic Connections, Best of British, and Guiding magazine. She has a column in an America/Welsh newspaper for ex-pats on old traditions and customs in Wales. Her books include many on her native Wales, Anglesey Past and Present, The Story of Brecknock, Brecon, a pictorial History of the Town, Carmarthen, a History and Celebration and Tales of Old Glamorgan, and a book on Walton on Thames in the Images of England series, a company history and two books on the charity Hope Romania. She has also co-authored two story/activity books for children. Her latest books are: Haunted Worthing published in October 2010, a new colour edition of The Story of Pembrokeshire published in March 2011, and Shipwrecks of Sussex in June 2011 and Not a Guide to Worthing in 2014. She is working on a book entitled A-Z of Curious Sussex which will be published in 2016 Wendy also works with clients to bring their work up to publishable standard and is currently working on an autobiography with a lady that was married to a very famous 1940’s travel writer. Wendy has spent many years campaigning and writing on behalf of people affected by Stickler Syndrome, a progressive genetic connective tissue disorder from which she herself suffers. She founded the Stickler Syndrome Support Group and raises awareness of the condition amongst the medical profession, and produces the group’s literature, and has written the only book on the condition, Stickler The Elusive Syndrome, and has also contributed to a DVD on the condition, Stickler syndrome: Learning the Facts. She has also writing three novels, Sanctimonious Sin, a three generation saga set in Wales at the turn of the century, Power That Heal set in the Neolithic period entitled Powers that Heal, and a semi biographical book entitled New Beginnings which deals with two generations coping with blindness and a genetic condition. She has also had a handful of short stories published, and in her spare time is working on several at the moment. She also gives talks on a variety of subjects including Writing and Placing Articles, Writing Local History, Writing as Therapy, Writing your first novel, etc, and runs workshops on the craft of writing – both fiction and non-fiction. She is a member of the Society of Women Writers and Journalists, and a member of the Society of Authors.