Clare Thorpe

I am a scientist, sailor, mother and aspiring author from the High Peak in Derbyshire. Having wrongly convinced myself that poor spelling excluded me from a future in creative writing, I joined the growing ranks of women studying science and engineering. I currently hold a fellowship position at the University of Sheffield in the field of nuclear materials, along with a passion for high latitude sailing and a head full of stories.

As a research scientist, I continued to write fiction furtively and haphazardly. I scribbled down dialogue whilst watching over equipment in the laboratory, filled notebooks to pass the time on long ocean voyages, and frequently turned the light on in the middle of the night (to the annoyance of my husband) to jot down ideas that just wouldn’t let me sleep. I started writing novels after the birth of my son in 2017 and daughter in 2018. It wasn't that I suddenly had a lot of free time, quite the contrary, but for me becoming a mother reminded me that life is short. I still wish to be part of the fascinating world of science, I still feel the lure of the sea, but I also want, if I possibly can, to write stories that people enjoy. So far, the adventure has been exhilarating. One recent draft, The Florist, made the long-list for the 2021 Yeovil Literary Prize and extracts from others have been submitted to the Page Turner awards for you to read.

Although I am an avid reader of fantasy novels I find, whenever I put pen to paper, I create characters and situations rooted firmly in this world. I am constantly amazed at what can be achieved without the use of magical powers and the adventures that can be had on our own rather wonderful earth.

Award Type
Alex is on the run with a man she hardly knows and must evade, not only the police, but also a mysterious group of rogue scientists with an agenda all of their own.
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Comments

Debrah Martin Wed, 08/04/2021 - 10:13

I like the sense of menace and intrigue you are building, but by the end of chapter 1 I’m still wondering what this is all about. You must create an inciting incident early on, not just hint at something. Also, you need a thorough proof read Dad is capitalised when used as a proper name, plus some punctuation is missing. An interesting start but do think about structure and the mechanics of a thriller in your early chapters. 

Debrah Martin Wed, 08/04/2021 - 10:13

I like the sense of menace and intrigue you are building, but by the end of chapter 1 I’m still wondering what this is all about. You must create an inciting incident early on, not just hint at something. Also, you need a thorough proof read Dad is capitalised when used as a proper name, plus some punctuation is missing. An interesting start but do think about structure and the mechanics of a thriller in your early chapters. 

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