Thank you for visiting my page, it's all a bit 'me, me, me' but then, it's a bio page so It's to be expected really.
Being a writer wasn't my original career choice, I worked in a multitude of roles for decades before realising that I wanted to pursue my childhood love of words.
It hasn't been an easy transition, my first manuscript was written while I recovered from debilitating health problems following a serious #MeToo situation which ended my role as a recruitment business owner. I'm left with permanent disabilities, but they don't stop me from writing.
After the success of my first book and competition project, I chose to return to education and enrolled at University, this was when I discovered that my school teachers had been wrong, I wasn't clumsy or daft, I have Dyslexia and Dyspraxia, and it's been a huge relief to find out about the immense amount of support available to people with these differences now. I've actively worked, with my youngest daughter (a fellow Dyspraxic) to raise awareness for the Dyspraxia Foundation UK.
During my time at University, I received a stage three Breast Cancer diagnosis and following on from the required surgery, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy, I have now resumed my undergraduate studies. The support offered by people has been illuminating, and the journey has been transformative. It's certainly given me a greater understanding for future writing projects.
Scripts I have written for other people and companies include two for HHTV Film in California, the first script was written specifically to assist black acting students to develop experience. The second script was written for production in London and Yorkshire, it was optioned for a two-year period.
Sonder Pictures UK, have signed a 'right to pitch' contract with me for my TV Pilot 'Bread and Jam'. They have secured my services as the Director, and I will be one of the executive producers. This is a transmedia project, leading to a series of short episodic pieces, for which I will be the main Writer, and Director, filming starts for this in 2019.
I've had two of my stageplays performed publically now, The Destruction of the Frigate Brunhilde and The Lawn Needs Cutting, both plays are monologue pieces about mental health, one of them is about suicide. The Lawn Needs Cutting has been performed a few times by different theatre companies. I've been commissioned to write a 45-minute musical stage play Eugene, for a new theatre company called Play The Subtext. We aim to be in pre-production for this early in 2019.
I've just been booked to work as the Director for 'Meddy' a short film written by Hayley Davis, Winner of the Best Local Film at the 2017 Birmingham Film Festival for 'The Get Out Clause'.
TEAJA is an award I created with help from my youngest daughter, Cat. It is designed to assist illustration students and recent art graduates become published artists and illustrators. My self-published works include a TEAJA book entitled The Lilac Story, and a collection of poetry The Poetical Works of Emma Austin-Jones. My charity work continues for TEAJA, with a further book planned for 2019.
My work as a voice actress has continued this year (2018) with a selection of short radio plays recorded for independent writers.
I created a selection of original vintage inspired hatpins which were purchased by senior makeup artist, Siân Grigg for use in the movie SUFFRAGETTE, filmed at Elstree Studios UK. It was a proud achievement, although only the safety cap on one pin is visible in the film. That sums up the nature of this type of work quite well, I think. We don't always see the full story, but it's a marvellous story to be a part of nonetheless.
Self-published illustrated book for children: The Lilac Story this was a TEAJA book, for charity.
One published collection of poetry: The Poetical Works of Emma Austin-Jones
One 110 minute film for the American production company HHTV Film, as the senior writer for SXSW Fashion.
Film scripts currently optioned by Sonder Pictures UK include:
Bread and Jam (pilot) plus six 30-minute episodes. I will be the Director of this.
Books in progress:
Rosie and the Tishan, a book for TEAJA.
Hebentref, novel and adaptation for a feature film script.
Books, Film, Poetry, Radio, Scripted reality, Short story
The Girls on Platform 2
Sample from The Lilac Story, illustrated by Danny Phillips.
Lacsickle-dapsickle-mocksickle-dopsickle-toetickle-tummygiggle-fluff. There was never enough room on things for a name like that and everyone decided that it was easier to say, Lac.
Sample from Hebentref:
[...] He laughed and it made him cough, then he drew up a ball of thick phlegm and spat it down into the face of the young girl below us [...]
Extract from SXSW film unavailable due to contract terms and restrictions.
Extract from Rosie and the Tishan:
[...] Florian grabbed his handkerchief and ran into the wall. Standing up and shaking himself, he pushed his helmet back, then walked out of the Guard House into the sunny courtyard. He could see Tarquin bounding along the top of the courtyard wall toward the gatehouse and hear Cleo blowing her trumpet. Florian had wanted to be the trumpet blower, but he didn’t own one, and Cleo said that the best guards always blew their own trumpets. [...]
Extracts are unavailable for scripts commissioned by Sonder Pictures UK due to contract terms.