ANNIE and DUNCAN HAVE BOTH BEGUN TO SEND THEIR NEW NOVELS ('LEARNING TO LOVE MY CLUTCH' AND 'BETWEEN GODS AND BEASTS') TO PROSPECTIVE AGENTS. WISH US LUCK!
In 2005 two very different people signed up to a short introduction to writing course run by the Open University in the United Kingdom.
Andrea (Annie) Smith has a Master's Degree in Victorian Literature, four children, a houseful of pets and a horse called Fred. She is a lifelong storyteller and writer who had never had the courage to take her interest further.
Duncan Spencer has a Doctorate in Mathematics and a Master's Degree in Business and is married with two children. He is an accountant with special interests in environmental work who had stories to tell but no experience in telling them.
During their course they became fascinated by their wholly different approaches to writing, each respecting the other's style, and wanting to learn from it. Becoming firm friends through the distance-learning medium they both agreed to continue on to take the more challenging Open University Creative Writing course. Despite, or perhaps because of, the differences in their writing skills and experiences, and with a good deal of mutual support, they were both awarded Distinctions in the course.
Over the following year they continued to correspond. Both took part in the National Novel Writing Month and completed respectable first novels in November 2006. Annie gave up her job to write professionally and Duncan continued to write short stories and novels in his spare time.
This site is an exploration of their different approaches to writing and, they hope, has something for everyone. WHen they have time Annie and Duncan agree on a new topic and then both write a short story with the theme in mind. They are constantly surprised by what they come up with.
This website is the copyright of Andrea Smith and Duncan Spencer. The stories are copyright of the authors.
Writing, I think, is not apart from living. Writing is a kind of double living. The writer experiences everything twice. Once in reality and once in that mirror which waits always before or behind - Catherine Drinker Bowen, Atlantic, December 1957
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Coming soon from Annie and Duncan...
Our next theme is 'Travel'.
... if you would like to see what Annie and Duncan make of your ideas then e-mail us and suggest a theme!
APPLESPosted 28 June 2010
A brilliant scientist is obsessed with outdoing Sir Isaac Newton.
The Linen Box
Two friends discover the forbidden fruit at the core of their relationship.
PHOTOGRAPHSPosted 9 January 2009
The Devil in the Detail
Horror. Genial Mr Foxcradle takes the most beautiful photographs - but what else does he take?
Sophie looks through her holiday pictures and finds her life falling apart.
KEYPosted 30 November 2008
In the very gaps between the atoms something lurks waiting. Science fiction.
The Dante Key
Murder, jealousy and all because of a key. A noir short from Annie.
DEVIL Posted 24 August 2008
The Devil Takes
Be afraid. Twenty years ago four children went into the woods ...
Some one has done a deal with the devil. But who?
JUMP Posted 4 July 2008
Duncan has written a sweet, children's story in a rather old-fashioned vein for this theme.
Closing the Loop
Annie has really pushed the boundaries this time with a thought-provoking science fiction story.