Frances M Thompson
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About Frances M Thompson
Frances M, Thompson is the author of contemporary fiction and poetry. Her books include the short story collections Shy Feet, London Eyes, and Nine Women, the suspense-thriller novella, The Wait, and a collection of modern poetry called Lover Mother Other. Based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, with her partner and two young kids, Frances is originally from London, UK, and also works as a blogger and freelance writer.
More about Frances M. Thompson's Books
Lover Mother Other: Poems About Love, Motherhood and Everything Else Womxn Transcend is a collection of modern poetry and prose written before, during, and after the experiences of falling in love, becoming a mother, experiencing post-natal depression, and juggling many different, and often conflicting, identities, desires and dreams.
The Wait is a fast-paced suspense story about an unusual and unexpected side of London's criminal underworld. The first in an up-coming series of novels, The Wait introduces you to a gang in London you want to know everything about, but never want to meet.
Nine Women: Short Stories is a collection of short stories featuring nine very different girls and women at various stages of their lives, facing various problems of varying descriptions and magnitudes. Some of the stories - and women - may shock you, others will inspire you, but all will stay with you in some way or another.
London Eyes: Short Stories is a compilation of short fiction about London. It is a moving and humorous collection of stories, inspired by the people, places and experiences Thompson encountered while working and living in London.
Shy Feet: Short Stories Inspired by Travel is her first collection of stories and it was written while the author travelled the world, spending time in many of the destinations she writes about.
More about Frances M. Thompson
While she writes about a wide variety of people, places and themes, there are always consistencies in Frances' writing; her characters are identifiable, vivid and perfectly flawed, you will enjoy more than a few gentle laughs, and you will always be left with something to think about long after the final sentence is read.
Since October 2011, Frances has been writing a blog about her many journeys - travelling, writing and self-love - called As the Bird flies (www.asthebirdfliesblog.com).
To find out about Frances' upcoming books first, sign up to her newsletter http://www.fmthompson.com/y91a9i (copy & paste the link into a web browser).
Follow Frances on Twitter @asthebirdflies, and on Instagram @asthebirdfliesblog.
Titles By Frances M Thompson
There's sunshine, there's her stack of erotic romance novels, and there's... Irishman Aiden "Marty" O'Martin, a man thirteen years her junior who could potentially solve one of her problems; the absence of back-breaking, bone-shaking, delicious sex. He is the ultimate holiday fling and she's not at all mad about it.
But trainee chef and college dropout Marty is not looking for sex. In fact, he's deliberately trying to avoid it after the year he's had.
Marty's also trying to get his life back on track. He still doesn't know how he'll get over what happened, but a free holiday may help. Even if it means waking up at the arse-crack of dawn everyday so his father can drag him around Crete on a racing bike. Even if it means his Ma is there – always there! – wanting to put sun cream on his back and a self-help book in his hands. Even if it means risking Carpal tunnel from holding his sister's phone as she records hours of social media content for her hundreds of thousands of followers.
However, when Marty sees Jenna's freckled skin glow in the sunset, everything changes. He feels something and it's not just acid reflux from one too many sugary mocktails. It's a spark, it's curiosity, it's hope.
But they only have five sunsets together. How are they going to make them count?
Written by Guardian Top London Blogger Frances M. Thompson, London Eyes is a compilation of thought-provoking contemporary fiction inspired by the sights, sounds and souls of the world's most popular, and some say greatest, city.
Meet the Wizard of Elephant & Castle who stirs a secret ingredient into the cocktails he serves in his bar, follow newly-divorced Georgina in The Tourist as she goes on a bus tour of the city... after twenty-one years of living in London, and find out how and why one young woman uses the busy streets of the City of London to disappear in An Invisible Girl. In A to Zed two truanting teenagers find out more about a Shepherd's Bush gangster than they expect, and in Angel you begin to understand the lengths some people go to to avoid loneliness in London. Travel across the capital's vast metropolis as you learn the reasons why Mick is London's most flirtatious cabbie in Keep the Change, and discover what it is that keep The Ghosts of London Underground trapped in the abandoned Tube stations below us.
London Eyes is a collection of short stories for the Londoner, the London-obsessed, or the one time visitor who dreams of arriving or returning.
I never wanted to be Madam. I set out to run London's most exclusive members-only bar, but it also became the city's most sought after and infamous brothel. And it's not your typical brothel either, because as well as sex work, my girls offer another kind of service, a service I believe this world needs... Because "they" are also the women who kill for me because that's what the dead deserved.
Doing this work comes with great risk, and great enemies, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't have any of them before this all began. I'd be lying if I said that it was only the women I hire who kill. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't ready and waiting to do it again.
Because while there are many men I need to find - my missing business partner who knows too much, a colleague on the cusp of a breakdown - there's one man who I have been looking for for over twenty years. A man I blame for it all because of what he did to me.
But I'm yet to find him, and I know I'm running out of time, not least because there is another man, another enemy, coming after me. A man who wants to lock me away because of what I do. A man who knows my weakest link and isn't afraid to exploit it. A man who I can't kill... a man who won't give up.
However, I am the one thing that is more dangerous than that. I am a woman who won't give up... at least, not without a fight.
It's Friday night in a London hospital's busy A&E ward. Waiting to be seen is Conrad Douglas, a 48 year old man who is bleeding from a nasty cut above his right eye and sitting on a small mountain of secrets.
Who is Conrad? What's he doing in A&E? How did he get hurt? And who's the man sitting next to him who refuses to leave? These are the questions that The Wait answers... and more.
There are three sections - Lover, Mother, and Other - and together they take the reader on a journey through the highs and lows of lust, loss and love, on to the profound challenges and deep love of motherhood, and then finally, into the many other identities, roles and experiences we encounter when you open your eyes and your heart to the many other ways women can be seen and heard and valued in this life without the labels of Lover or Mother.
Each section tells its own story, and as a whole Lover Mother Other is a book with its own journey, one of constant hurting and healing, hurting and healing, hurting and healing.
See what sisterhood really means to a hopefully optimistic ten-year-old in The Girl Who Would Be King. Learn just how many times the course of true love fails to run smoothly in Together, Apart, before discovering what Stephen King has to do with one young woman's passionate summer fling. In Balloons you can lie on a beach with a heavily pregnant woman who is thinking about the men she has loved and lost and in That's What I Want to Say you hear all the things one woman wants to say but rightly or wrongly, she doesn't. It's Just a Smile is all about one activity many women enjoy, people watching, and Leaving Rotterdam takes you back over 130 years to a time when women were seen and not heard... at least in public. And finally you will discover how age truly strengthens a woman as a widow's heart tries to heal in The Pink Flowers and when good and bad old memories are revisited in Tell Me a Story.
Nine Women: Short Stories is a collection of moving stories which takes a long, slow look at what it means to be born a woman, to grow up as a woman and to live a variety of lives as a woman.
The Runaways: A Trilogy of Short Love Stories is a short but very sweet read with lots of romance, a little food for thought and plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing and rooting for the couple at the heart of the stories.
(PLEASE NOTE: If you've already read London Eyes: Short Stories and Shy Feet: Short Stories Inspired by Travel, please note that you will have already read the first two stories in this trilogy, so you may want to jump straight to Tell Me a Story, or alternatively enjoy re-acquainting yourself with this much loved couple of romantics.)
***That's What I Want To Say is a mysterious and moody short story taken from a collection of short fiction to be published in December 2015. For more information, check out the author's blog www.asthebirdfliesblog.com.***
There was Peter, her first love. Later, she fell for Mitchell, but he became the one that got away. Now she's with Chas, a man who makes her feel valued and wanted. And so they decided to have children together, which is why she's lying on that beach six months pregnant on their "babymoon".
As she reflects on her previous relationships and questions those in her future - particularly that with her unborn child - it becomes clear that she still has much to learn from those past loves... and those that lie in her future.
Balloons is a short story about a pregnant woman struggling to deal with the anxieties of not only carrying a child, but facing up to some home truths about her past.
Together, Apart is as romantic and magical as it is gritty and honest.
Together, Apart is written in two word sentences. No more. No less.
** About The Pink Flowers **
One summer, Yorkshireman Martin and his wife went to see the Amalfi Coast.
Twelve months later, Martin has died and his wife is trying to put her life back together again after caring for him in the late stages of cancer.
As she begins to clear out the contents of Martin's beloved garden shed she finds a stack of overdue library books and in them are letters Martin has written and a very specific order for her to read them in.
The Pink Flowers is a short and heart-warming story about loss, grief and hope in the form of pink flowers that also aren't quite what they seem.
** Praise for Frances M. Thompson **
"A masterful collection of short stories bound together by the theme of travel, but actually embracing just about every important theme in literature - love, death, motherhood, marriage, etc etc - in deftly woven, well-timed tales that had me gripped. Very well written, with a nice blend of humour, and poignant situations, never predictable and always pleasing."
"London Eyes was a collection of short stories that exposed the real London, and it's quirky inhabitants; magic bartenders, eccentric single women, the elderly, taxi drivers, and even a cat. Each story showed a different angle to one of the many aspects of the bustling city, be it a new neighbourhood, the iconic red bus tours, or an out of the way pub."
"Shy Feet is a great collection of short stories.The stories are ostensibly linked by the theme of travel, but using that as her starting point she takes the reader in all sorts of unexpected. She uses the unlimited opportunities afforded to her by travel to explore the limits that as people we sometimes create and impose for ourselves, a theme that runs through a number of stories including Oh Henry and Katie's Maps."
"I love the cover designs, by the way - as fresh and vibrant as the writing itself. Great work, Frances M. Thompson!"
Tilde O'Hara lives in London with two cats who don't like her very much.
Tilde O'Hara has a job she loves, a gay best friend she loves and a maisonette she loves, albeit really a bed-sit.
One night Tilde O'Hara meets an old woman on the number 94 bus and everything changes.
Night Bus is a gentle and thought-provoking short story about dreams, love and the strange things that happen when you get the night bus in London.
Taken from a collection of short stories to be published in the summer of 2014, you can find out more about this book at www.asthebirdfliesblog.com.