Claire Jenkins

I’m an occupational therapist with the NHS and, in a previous life, I did a degree in Digital Forensics. In 2018, I was diagnosed with M.E./C.F.S. This has had a huge impact on my life and, as a result, my writing has become increasingly important to me.

I was shortlisted for the 2019-20 Retreat West First Novel prize before the competition was unfortunately cancelled. Over the past few years, I have had short stories published in the Writer's Magazine, Reflex Fiction, Retreat West, and as part of an anniversary anthology.

Award Type
Girls are going missing – girls with troubled pasts; girls who won’t be missed. Tooth and Claw is a P.I. crime thriller with a Red Riding Hood twist.
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Trevor Wood Thu, 06/10/2021 - 12:22

Liked this idea a lot and think it's got tons of potential. It's very well written and cleverly delivered too. Hunter is a brilliant name for the main character and the cottage is a nice touch as are the many other allusions to classic fairy tales. It's all very nicely judged indeed. I'm not sure about the hard-drinking aspect - it works fine and is well used here but it has become a bit of a cliche in crime fiction. My only minor criticism is that I didn't buy him not thinking about the shotgun jamming a lot sooner than he did - but it's a good sign if that's all I've got! Great work.

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