Who is Jude Hayland?
I have been writing forever.
In small, grubby exercise books bought on Saturdays from Woolworths. Stories about ballet schools and auditions, (from the age of 4 or so, I was going to be a ballerina, you see) stories about houses and families. At school, I devoted endless hours to homework that required a story or composition – as we used to call it – a negligent few minutes to science and sums.
And at the age of 18, I received my first pay cheque for writing – from the editor of BRIDES magazine who published a light-hearted article of mine about my sister’s wedding.
Slowly, more acceptances trickled in from a range of magazines for my non-fiction pieces. But switching to fiction was key. For some 30 years I sold commercial short stories to magazines such as WOMAN’S REALM, WOMAN, WOMAN’S WEEKLY in the UK – stories that were translated for substantial sales internationally.
It was not until graduating with an M.A. in Creative Writing that I began to write full-length fiction. I am a slow writer, drafting, editing, re-drafting, re-editing – and eventually published my first novel COUNTING THE WAYS early in 2017. My second novel, THE LEGACY OF MR JARVIS, grew out of a story I originally completed back in 2013, but never published. Now, retitled, radically re-drafted and edited, its official publication date is November 2019.
I am currently working on my third novel and continue to teach and tutor Creative Writing, English and Drama.
HAYLAND is a pseudonym.
I originally wrote commercial fiction under my own surname of WILSON and adopted Hayland – my paternal Great Grandmother’s maiden name – when I began to write novels.