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Being Frank

Lucy Swan

How often do we look at people and make assumptions?
How often do we hide things from those we are closest to?
Aimee, Patrick and Jessica all live on the wild Yorkshire coast, in the town of Saltness. None of them really likes each other, nor do they like themselves. Hurtling towards forty, with a trail of bitter disappointments and secrets behind them, will they ever find what they all so desperately need?
Ghosts, ambitions, children, dogs and unlikely friendships; their stories stretch from their youth within the hedonistic nineties, to the mundanity of adult life, in the present day. Stretching from the grey Yorkshire coast, to the white sandy beaches of Corfu and beyond, they are all searching for a better life... desperately wanting to shed the lie of a half-life.
But when their lives have been entangled from those long-ago days, is there any way that they can all come out unscathed on the other side. Who is Frank and what is this hold he has on Aimee and Jessica?

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‘It took her a long time to get here...' would be the main response of my exasperated family and friends, about the birth of my debut novel. Not because I've talked about it for so long (well, I have but anyway...) but because I've been right around the houses and lived many different lives to get here: a published author.
At just a nudge over forty, my greatest work to date has been my beautiful family. As well as writing, I am a teacher, wife, mother and (baby-faced) grandmother. I live on the Lincolnshire east coast, and my favourite thing ever is walking my beloved best friend and GSP RosieDog, on the beach. Oh, and I am partially sighted too.
I am currently writing my second novel, The Golden Figure.