Veronica Bright loves telling stories. As a former primary school teacher, the best part of the day was gathering the children together and making up all sorts of amazing things. They probably believed there was an elf living in the store cupboard, and the spider in the sink had the power of speech. They were the first frogs, toads and robots in the plays in her teaching resource books, Frogs in Assembly and Robots in Assembly. (Kevin Mayhew Publishers Ltd.)
Veronica’s writing career had a boost in 2005, when she won the Woman and Home Short Story Competition with Out of the Apple Tree, subsequently published in The Sunday Night Book Club anthology (Arrow Books). Since then her work has won forty short story prizes, including fifteen firsts, and she has been published in over a dozen anthologies. In 2016 she self-published two collections of her prize-winning short stories, Cloud Paintings and A Gift from the Horse Chestnut Tree.
Veronica Bright fell in love with Cornwall before she came to live here in 1988. She believes the magnetic personality of the county has inspired and invaded her debut novel, All the Lonely People, which is with her agent Kiran Kataria at the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.
Veronica is the short story adviser for the Association of Christian Writers; a competition judge; and she writes a monthly blog for new writers on her website.
CLOUD PAINTINGS. A celebration of perseverance and courage in the face of adversity.
Douglas sees the world from a wheelchair, and he hates it. Thomas has always resented being an unwanted child. Fiona walks a tightrope in her new life. And what about the woman who takes her children to visit their father in prison? Short stories. People battling with life.
A GIFT FROM THE HORSE CHESTNUT TREE. Sometimes love hurts.
Children. They don’t always have an easy life. Susan is caught up in her mother’s grief. Jessica has been very ill, and now she has another problem. A fourteen-year-old inner-city boy goes on holiday for the first time. Short stories to challenge your perception of childhood.
Workshops and talks on short stories; flash fiction; memoir
Talks to WIs and other groups: Meet the author - readings and chat; also, Fifty things to do before I rest
Judging short story or flash fiction competitions