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Phyllis Burton

I am the writer of two published books: PAPER DREAMS and A PASSING STORM (See my website:, many short stories, three one-act plays and a few poems. I live in the county of Surrey in southern England and I enjoy writing, water-colour painting, and as a trained soprano, I enjoy singing.



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What is the best writing advice you've ever heard?
Only write about what you know,then edit...edit... and then edit some more. Then send it to a proof reader.
When you start a new story do you prepare an outline in advance or do you just jump right in?
I always write an outline first but don't always keep to it. But you do need something to stop you from going of at a tangent of necessary story-writing...keeps it tight.



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What a sweet story, and beautifully written. I could feel the longing and loneliness of the old woman. There were a few too many commas, though, and this aside- (aptly named Lilac Cottage - a beautiful lilac tree stood proudly just to the left of the gate), I think might have been worked into the paragraph without the parentheses as the focus was on the garden. It didn't detract from what was a very moving story, though, and we cheered for her and Charles in the end.

Peter Lahanas

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A touching story, charmingly written. A thoroughly enjoyable read.

John Horobin

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A lovely story evoking the atmosphere of an English village. All the characters are completly convincing and Phyllis' eye for detail is excellent.

Maureen Howe

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I enjoyed reading The Village Fete and the love story of Agnes and Charles. Yes it was very sad but a happy ending one which I am sure we would all like to have.

Tess Burrows

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Phyllis, you're a winner! What a beautiful story. It engages the reader in a cocoon of life, telling of the emotions of love and longing that are easy to be part of. A gift to all that read it.

Jane Risdon

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Lovely story Phyllis, loved the descriptions and I felt I was there. It reminded me of village life years ago and painted a wonderful picture of love and loss and was so sad and moving. I wish you luck and I recommend your story and other books to anyone wanting a really good read.

Neal James

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Wonderfully written - pulls hard on the heart strings. Typical Phyllis.

Tom Winton

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From the first two sentences, where the mood of this gentle but gripping story is set up perfectly, to the last moving line, Phyllis Burton comandeered my attention. This is not a long story, yet the author so elegantly packs it with the emotions of an old woman who spent a lifetime mourning the loss of her first and only love. I can guarantee you'll enjoy this one. Don't miss it.

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