The judging panel for the Northern Echo short story competition – Carina Rodney and Fiona Cooper – knew as soon as they read “Unconditional Love” that it was the winner. They described Jan Hunter’s writing as exceptional, chosen because it was a harrowing story, superbly written, very moving and a deserved winner.
Steve Toase, judge of York Writers Flash Fiction Competition, said of Jan Hunter’s entry: the language was lyrical and beautiful, even when dealing with the darker aspects of the subject matter.
About Jan Hunter
Jan Hunter is a Yorkshire born writer, who is married with two grown up children. She is a local correspondent for the Darlington and Stockton Times. A member of York writers, she recently won their first prize for Flash Fiction and the Northern Echo Short Story Competition in 2005. In 2008 she left her job as Head of Drama in a local school to concentrate on researching her first novel, a time-travel mystery which is set in Castle Howard. For research she went through regressive therapy in order to access her own past lives. My Two Lives has received 5 star awards and has the backing of Castle Howard’s owner, the Hon Simon Howard. Her short story collection includes the award winning story of her mother’s battle with Alzheimers. The story is used by South Tees Hospital to help families and carers to cope with the disease.
More information can be found on her website www.janhunterauthor.com and on Facebook and Twitter.