Firm friends launch novels at Stamford Arts Centre

Jane Minshall, now writing as Jae de Wylde, will be launching her book
Jane Minshall, now writing as Jae de Wylde, will be launching her book
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TWO writers are getting ready to launch their new novels.

Jane Minshall, now writing as Jae de Wylde, is launching her book The Thinking Tank with friend Jo Parfitt at Stamford Arts Centre on Monday, September 26.

Jane, now living near Bourne, used to work as a registrar at Oakham School and is a former editor of Embrace magazine.

Former Stamford High School pupil Jo, who used to live in Easton-on-the-Hill but has moved to Holland, has penned Sunshine Soup.

Both books will be launched in Stamford. There will also be another launch in Holland.

The two women met in a sauna in Rutland just over 10 years ago and have been firm friends since then.

Jane, who attended some of Jo’s literary workshops, said: “Jo has always been further ahead in the writing game than me and an astute critic.

“I attended many of her workshops and so when Jo’s publishing company expanded to take on fiction titles too it was with my heart in my mouth that I sent her a proposals.

“Jo sent me a contract that she insists was based on merit not friendship.”

Jo, who has lived in Dubai, said: “Our paths have crossed repeatedly over the last 13 years and Jae and I always had a special connection.

“That we both found ourselves writing novels together was serenedipitous as we were able to help each other with editing as well as honest and occasionally harsh feedback.”

The Thinking Tank explores a mother and daughter’s relationship.

Sunshine Soup takes readers to the Dubai as Maya and Barb discover the harsh reality of living in paradise.

Both books will be on sale at Walkers Books in Stamford and Bourne.

The books cost £7.99.