Change of Life – an award-winning novel for thinking women…

I’ve not done this for a while and I felt the time was about right for a wee bit of self-promotion. I apologise to those who have either read my novel already or who are sick of hearing about it. This post is not for you.

For those readers still here and who would like to know more about the book – here goes…

‘Change of Life’ is my first novel. I guess the target readership is women – and mainly those in the 40 plus post-chicklit age range. It’s contemporary, romantic fiction for intelligent women – a tale of love, life and loss.

It’s available on Amazon in paperback at £7.99 and for Kindle on special offer at 86p. Click on the book cover in the sidebar to buy.

You can read the first chapter here

Reviews so far have been very pleasing – see them on Amazon. And if you do/have read it and liked it please do click the like button on the Amazon page – and consider doing a review of your own – especially if you enjoyed it 🙂

A novel for those who are over ‘Chick-Lit’

Shameless self-promotion alert!

I thought this would be a good time f0r a bit of a summer book promo.

Are you, or any of the grown-up, intelligent women in your life looking for a good beach, cottage, staycation read? If yes, then please consider my novel ‘Change of Life’. According to Amazon reviews it’s ‘delicious’ , ‘moving’, ‘gripping’ and ‘romantic’.

The book is available on and and is in both paperback and ebook format.

Below is the press release for the book:

New Generation Publishing

Prize-winning novel ‘Change of Life’ – for those who are over ‘Chick-Lit’.

‘Change of Life’ by Anne Stormont, winner of Edinburgh Writer’s Club 2010 Unpublished Prize, has been receiving rave reviews and lots of  interest. In particular its appeal is to those readers who have graduated from ‘Chick-Lit’ – an intelligent, mature readership.

Anne Stormont set about writing the novel following a cancer diagnosis from which she has fully recovered. She lives in the stunningly scenic Hebrides and is currently writing a second novel.

‘CHANGE OF LIFE’ is an emotional tale, full of warmth, love, hope and moments of sadness – a contemporary story of a modern family under pressure – with very real and three-dimensional characters.

Be careful what you wish for… Wife to heart surgeon and control
freak, Tom and mother to four adolescent children, Rosie feels taken for
granted as she juggles family life and her work as a teacher. She longs for a
change of life. When she hits a teenage boy with her car, her life explodes
into uncharted territory. The boy is Robbie – and Rosie discovers he is part of
a terrible secret that Tom has kept for seventeen years. Then Rosie is
diagnosed with breast cancer. Rosie leaves home and begins the fight for her
life. Meanwhile Tom, is forced to learn what it means to be a husband and
father. He struggles to keep his family together and strives to get his wife

‘CHANGE OF LIFE’ was selected by Waterstones St. Andrews as a
Summer Read and Anne Stormont has been featured in print and on radio.


To request a review copy, please email


For more information on New Generation Publishing, see:


Writing as Sculpture – chiselling down


Life is a bit stressful at the moment – imminent house move
– to name but one pressure point.

However, through all the turmoil, I’m managing to keep
writing – thank the deities. It’s a most therapeutic activity and is keeping me
as close to sane as I can ever claim to be. I’ve kept this blog going, I’ve
written my ‘Words With Jam’ contributions. (I hope everyone’s seen the latest issue
with the JK interview – the magazine is now available in print as well as

AND I’ve made good
progress with my children’s novel.

So I thought I’d post a progress report.

The first draft is almost finished. I can’t believe how much
I’ve enjoyed writing it. I was very resistant to writing for children, despite
my profession as a primary school teacher. But while I was in the middle of
writing my second novel for adults, the idea for the children’s story appeared
unbidden. It wouldn’t go away. So I had to suspend the grown-up novel, get over
my resistance and get to work on the young folks’ book.

I’ve found it to be quite a different experience from
writing my first novel. I’ve gone from being a planner to a ‘pantster’ (as in,
flying by the seat of my pants). This time I began writing with only the seed
of an idea and no real notion of where I was heading. Whereas the first time
round I had detailed plans and a carefully worked out plot – although there
were surprises along the way – this time I just wrote. And, luckily the story flowed
and developed spontaneously.

I’m not saying that I have a crisp, coherent and captivating
read yet. It’s more like I have a lump of roughly chiselled stone and now the
really hard work of chipping away, shaping and smoothing begins. The process
for the first novel was more akin to that of a draughtsman/artist – building up
to the finished artefact from detailed plans and sketches with precision
brushwork. But this time it will be more of a paring down from a block of (I
hope) beautiful raw material.

The hammering stage will be finished this month and I will
take up the chisel later in the year. In between –  as well as moving house – I need to dust off
my brushes and get back to my older people’s novel.

Okay – I know when I’ve done a metaphor to death – so I’ll
take off my artist’s smock and go write another house move to-do list.