Shirley began her writing career by penning short stories for the women's magazine market. With over 600 published, she turned to writing full-length serials for the same market. These were written under her Shirley Worrall or Ruth Bennett names.
Her first crime novel, INTO THE SHADOWS, was published by Constable in 2007. The second in the series, A DARKER SIDE, described as "a carefully plotted and intensely atmospheric thriller" by The Daily Express, followed this in 2008 and the third, WHERE PETALS FALL, is due for publication in 2009. The books feature forensic psychologist Jill Kennedy and DCI Max Trentham and are set in the Rossendale area of Lancashire.
Publications & Performance History
A NEW FUTURE BECKONING by Shirley Worrall (Thorpe - 1999)
HOLD FAST THESE FAMILY TIES by Shirley Worrall (Thorpe - 2000)
WINGS OF HOPE by Shirley Worrall (IMP - 2000)
ALL OUR TOMORROWS by Shirley Worrall (Thorpe - 2000)
THE CALL OF THE ISLES by Shirley Worrall (Thorpe - 2000)
WHERE ANGELS WAIT by Ruth Bennett (Dales - 2002)
THE FLIGHT OF THE MANDARINS by Shirley Worrall (Dales - 2006)
THE MYSTERY AT KINGSLEY HALL by Shirley Worrall (Dales - 2007)
INTO THE SHADOWS by Shirley Wells (Constable - 2007)
A DARKER SIDE by Shirley Wells (Constable 2008)
WHERE PETALS FALL by Shirley Wells (To be published by Constable 2009)
Workshop & Reading Experience
Creative writing workshops; talking to writers/readers groups in libraries.
Constable & Robinson Ltd
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