Bethany Askew Novelist

Novels, short stories and poems


I like to write about  women's lives and relationships, and am particularly interested in women's position in society, their role as wives and mothers, and the effects of marriage and divorce on family life.

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Short stories

"The Night of the Storm" is the first short story I have written and was based, in true Mary Shelley style, on a dream I had one night. When I woke up I scribbled down the bare bones of it immediately before it disappeared from my mind...        

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Ideas for poetry pop into my mind at the most unlikely times: when I'm driving, or doing something boring like the housework, or just before I go to sleep at night, thinking over what has happened during the day.

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Recent Blogs

What it's like to have Lupus

January 29, 2016  |  No comment

What it’s like to have Lupus   Lupus, S.l.E., Systemic Lupus Erythematous. It’s one of the so-called invisible diseases or disabilities. These are chronic illnesses and conditions that significantly impair normal activities of daily living. Lupus is an autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue. It can affect the skin, joints, kidneys, brain, and other organs. It’s incurable, probably genetic in origin and mainly suffered by females. It can affect any part of the body and that's the danger. It’s a very personal disease. Some people...
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