Caldicot gran wins competition and gets writing contract
9:00am Sunday 24th February 2013 in News
A CALDICOT grandmother who graduated from university at the age of 60 has won an international competition for budding authors.
The first prize of a digital contract saw Janice Morgan, 71, have her thriller Borderline published online.
The former bookkeeper tells the fictional tale of Jayde Brandon, 28, who has a borderline personality disorder, a type of mental illness.
Amature student, she finds herself embroiled in a relationship with Toby Adams, but her increasingly strange behaviour starts posing threats to him, his career, and everyone he holds dear.
Publication of her first book came earlier this month, after Mrs Morgan impressed the judges in an international first-chapters competition run by the John Lynch Digital Publishing Company.
The chairwoman of the Caldicot Writers Group was inspired to write a book by researching psychology while studying for a BA in education and training at the University of Wales, Newport.
She said: “I was just fascinated, I read case studies and worked it round that.”
The grandmother of two has been writing for ten years and the novel took her half of that time, coinciding with the death of her muchloved husband Ron, 69.
“He would be thrilled to bits to know I’d won,” said Mrs Morgan.
The book, which shows Jayne curled up in the brain on the front cover, can be purchased on Amazon under Mrs Morgan’s pen name Jan Mary Moran.