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General Comments/Testimonials

Accepted due to: “Having both a Sci-Fi and Horror element, strong on characterisation, and quite literary, in terms of style.” – Editor, Trevor Denyer commenting onĀ Silver Apples of the Moon.

“Sharon has many talents, just one being her writing, so it was without hesitation that I chose just the person for the job! This was a very demanding and challenging project for all involved – especially Sharon – who may not have had some of the more backbreaking aspects of the project to deal with, but had to write many reports at short notice: literally from the birth of an idea, the design itself, its eventual construction and a behind the scenes look. She also had to include details covering arthritis and disability and do her best to promote not only the reason we had decided to do this, but precisely why it was so important to many of us, even for those who are not afflicted and may not even have an ingrained ‘love of gardening’. On a personal note, I feel she has proven her writing skills are such that they may take her in many directions.” – Kathryn Moore, The Really Wild Nursery Breaking Down the Barriers Garden Project

“Well-written, carefully thought-out and inventive as well as wonderfully entertaining. — (editorial comment on draft of story in progress: The Song of the Swan)

“Sharon Maria Bidwell’s work is like strawberry threads in a sweet azure world. With her delicate, flowing, miasma-like prose she weaves a world around her readers, takes them on a journey, and lets them peer through her own unique looking glass. Sometimes through this glass you will see a world of rainbow colours; sometimes an altogether much darker place. Her writing is an intense and mesmerising experience, I find each of her works – be it poetry, a short story, or a novel in progress – always a fascinating marriage of beauty and terror.

In the case of Bidwell’s short stories, I always appreciate her progress of action to a cathartic climax while all the while being able to treasure the observations of people’s behaviour that hit the mark. Spot on, every single time.

Her poems do not fail to impress. I remember being spellbound upon reading one of her pieces entitled Foam. Sure footed, not a word out of place and the ending really is ‘laugh out loud’.

Sharon’s work covers a giddying range of subjects, themes and settings. The protagonists could be madwomen or they could be men, the period could be now, it could be the second world war or it could be seventeenth century New England.

She is as diverse in her style and approach as she is in her themes, with the tone going from comic to tragic through whimsical to surreal and back again.”

– Stuart Thorogood – Author

“Sharon’s literary romance is like nothing I’ve ever seen.” – Lawrence Dagstine, fiction editor

“I first heard of Sharon when she submitted her work to Storyteller UK which I was publishing and editing at the time. There is a depth to her poetry which demands attention and respect and it stands the test of time, while Sharon has successfully met the ultimate challenge feared by all writers — the ability to maintain the standard beyond the first eager flush. I’ve also had the privilege to read some of her books and they augur well for her future. I wish her every success as she tries her luck in the great lottery that is the literary world.” – Zack, (ex) editor Storyteller Project