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Welcome to Jane Dougherty’s site. You will find posts about writing in general, my writing in particular, and random notes about where I live, and my animals and other family.
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The Green Woman series starts here. Click on the images to Look Inside.

The trailer for The Dark Citadel: first volume of The Green Woman

Trailer for The Subtle Fiend: second volume of The Green Woman

Trailer for Beyond the Realm of Night: third volume of The Green Woman

A collection of three stories set in the world of The Dark Citadel

Three stories set in the world of The Subtle Fiend

Aiso available at Amazon UK here

110 responses to “Home page

  1. Hi Jane,
    I stumbled onto your blog following links from The Truth You Always Knew. You said your youngest asked the question, what came before the Big Bang. The answer to that is something I’m exploring in my own blog, Steve’s Pen at WordPress.com. Maybe you’d like to visit. I’ll be following you from now on.

  2. Hi Jane – thanks for the comment on my latest writing post. I find the web in general and wordpress in particular to be a great solace, where else in past times did writers have such a massive support group and people to test their ideas on.
    I think we wear our fortunes too lightly.

  3. That’s worth quoting, James. You must have great faith in human nature. I immediately thought of poets like Hardy who by all accounts was impossible to live with, like Dickens, and Yeats who was a crypto-fascist though he probably wasn’t aware of it. But who are we to judge someone’s nature by the way they behave in a public way or in a single instance?

    • Thank you, Sophie, I’m very flattered you have thought of me. I think I’m going to be like you though and sit on it for a while before accepting it. I am absolutely snowed under with editing at the moment, as well as trying to get my first book finally out of the door.
      If you want to have a go at book trailers have a look at Animoto. It’s the most foolproof site I’ve found. Since you can provide the graphics, all you have to do is find some appropriate music, write a bit of text, and Bob’s your uncle.

    • Glad you found it! You’ll get the hang of blogging very quickly. It’s the organisation of it that takes the time initially, but once you’ve got the different sections going, you just write.

  4. Hi Jane, I’m really pleased to say that your poem, ‘Time Was’, has won the mini monthly writing competition on my blog for August. And well deserved too – I loved the imagery that you created with this piece!
    As winner I would now like to invite you to set the writing prompt for September’s competition. This can be anything, from a general theme to a specific brief, and I would be grateful if you could email this to me at elizfrat@hotmail.co.uk . Thank you again for taking part this month and I enjoy your work :)

    • I don’t know what to say, except that I am very pleased and very flattered (I’m blushing wildly here) that people enjoyed my poem. Thank you, Elizabeth for your generosity in using your blog to promote other writers’ work.

      • It is my pleasure and I love reading all the entries that come in. I appreciate each and every entry and so far the quality of submissions has been really strong. Thank you for setting the next writing prompt and for taking part in what I’m trying to do. All the best and keep up the good work! :)

  5. So enjoying your blog and posts and the videos too…hope all is well. Sorry I have been remiss in visiting so often; I am finding it hard to type and sit for long and have been neglecting my blog too though I have stuff scheduled there. I will try and visit more often as I cannot give in and give up. Good luck with everything and much success which you deserve. Thanks for visiting my author pages – appreciated. :)

    • Sorry to hear you’re having problems. I haven’t been as assiduous as I ought either. Revising and editing has been getting in the way of reading and blogging. Thanks for the good wishes—I hope to be able to announce a(nother) release date for Dark Citadel soon.

  6. I’ve got a bit lost. I was trying to find your latest post and ended up on this page. There are quite a lot of pages on this site, but I have to say, however I arrived here, and whether this is the latest page or not, these pictures are gorgeous. Did you do them? If you did, stop making those sandwiches immediately and do some more. They really are striking

    • I just added another gallery of ‘portraits’ of my characters, and a book trailer. I’m glad you like the pictures. I didn’t either paint or photograph any of them, just borrowed them because they suit the characters or the settings in the book. I’ll get another set together maybe next weekend when the book comes out.

  7. Sounds a really good read and full of fantasy and I am sure Laura will read it. I am her Mum and also a writer and enjoy a good novel. Good luck in your writing and I certainly enjoyed the bookish banter with Laura Crean.

    • Thank you, Frances. I enjoyed doing Laura’s very chatty interview. She might well read The Dark Citadel when she gets the time, but we all have so many obligations in the way of reading other people’s work that I don’t expect it to be for a while. Best wishes and hope your own writing projects are bearing fruit.

  8. Thank you so much for visiting and following my blog. Looking forward to reading your posts and your book, which sounds rather cool. Reminds me to get back into picking away at my scattered drafts now that I’ve finished procrastinating with this year’s NaPoWriMo. But first I think I’ll procrastinate a little longer with a new tale set in Providence … ;)

    • Your blog was a real find. I love Italian and though I read it well enough I’d never dare write in it except for very short things. I’m more comfortable with French.
      What is your book about? If you ever do take a stroll through Providence let me know how you find it—I’d love to know!

      • I’m currently trying to download your book but having difficulty from the Italian end, as usual! Sometimes to download songs and books from sites ‘not available in my country’ I need to to a bit of re-routing to pretend I’m not really here ;) I shall persevere and let you know…
        I must confess, my book is…books…I have 9 works on the boil (poetry, short stories, non fiction), 2 first drafts (YA and Spec Fic) finished, research for others, and…well, I’m an edit-phobe. Plucking away at the structure one of them, however!

  9. We almost plumped for Italy but decided it might be a bit too chaotic for us, and came to France instead. I still regret Rome though. Know how you feel about being submerged by draughts. The Green Woman series is finished, or it will be when I get the last edits back, but I have another YA spec fic story in draught plus the first part of a pretty odd historical fantasy and two collections of short stories. The poetry is just for fun. Give us a shout out when the draught is all in the right order :)
    I hope you manage to get Amazon to work. There have been glitches all along the line this time around.

  10. Hello Jane — Thanks for stopping by my blog and reading one of my stories. I’ve been browsing through your blog and find it fascinating. I will be following you. Have a wonderful weekend!

    • Thank you Lori! This blog is getting like a lumber room. I don’t know where things are any more! Good luck with the story writing, I’ll be back for more, and enjoy what’s left of the weekend.

    • That’s lovely of you Peter but I’ve already had the Leibster Award. I ought to have left the button on my blog but I lost it when I changed the theme and created a home page. Thanks for thinking of me though.

  11. Jane, Your Trailers are magnificent! No wonder Patty loves your works with her Dark poetry & her youth fantasy novels! Best wishes with your great success & a bright future as an author! Phil from excuseusforliving.com

    • Sometimes I try to imagine meet-ups with virtual friends. It was easy when I only had one or two. Now there are so many people I am sure I would love to spend time with, the intimate cup of tea has turned into the kind of party I’d need to hire a marquee and a band for. Then it wouldn’t be intimate. Not everyone would get on. Could be disastrous. Back to individual meet-ups again maybe :)

  12. Hi Jane – I just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. There is a special tab on my blog for it. I don’t know if you do these or not (my first, probably last time) but I have a link there that will bring readers to your blog.

    • Thank you, Laine! I have a policy of not accepting blog awards because of all the hard slog of nominating and linking so many other bloggers. Lazy I know, but it takes me forever. But it’s churlish not to acknowledge such a generous gesture—you took the trouble to do all that linking business after all! So I’ll do a post with my diluted version. Thanks again :)

  13. I simply LOVE ALL of your book covers! The art and design are fantastic. And The Dark Citadel has officially gone on my Amazon Wish list for the holidays. It’s been such a pleasure following your blog and it is one of my favorites.

    • What a lovely comment! Thank you, Marcy for your encouragement. I’m so pleased you like the covers. They’re simple because I don’t have fancy software, but I hoped they were effective. And thanks for saying you’d like to read The Dark Citadel. If you do, I hope you enjoy it.

    • I’ve been looking around your site and you write very impressive poetry. You’ve been too places I haven’t, thank goodness, and I admire you for being able to take your words there with you.

  14. Loving the photos and the video too. Thanks for popping into my author blog too. If you read the CF article let me know your thoughts – CF appreciate seeing the comments there….they’ll keep me on LOL xx Hoping all is going well and this week is a fab one xx

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