A FIRST-TIME author will see the stories which were inspired by life in her home city of Sheffield showcased across the pond.
Retired care home worker Sue Grantham will see her first book – Tales of Hamlet Way – displayed at the Miami Book Fair in November.
Her publisher Author Solutions selected the collection of stories, inspired by Sue’s experiences in Sheffield, to bring a British flavour to the event, which attracts thousands of visitors from across the world every year.
The coup was a cause for celebration for grandmother and mother-of-three Sue, of Owlthorpe.
The 62-year-old had harboured dreams of becoming a writer throughout her professional life – which saw her work as a care warden and in the offices of Sheffield College.
But it was not until she retired that she finally put pen to paper to produce Tales of Hamlet Way, stories set in the fictional village of Hamlet, released earlier this summer.
She said: “I have always enjoyed writing stories and even as a small child I often created stories just for the fun of it.
“I believe my book will be enjoyed by the USA public because it is the essence of the British character. It is also set in a typical English village with the village green duck pond and the close community atmosphere which the Americans’ love.
“I have taken my experiences of living in Sheffield to create the story and as a child my father would take me to stay with his family in Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire over the summer holidays so I have knowledge of both village and city life.
“Within my book there is murder, laughter, pathos and horror.”
The Miami Book Fair International, billed as an eight-day literary party, invites publishing companies from across the world to show off and sell the best of their work. The honour of having her work at the festival has inspired Sue to continue with her writing.
She said:“I have had good feedback from family and friends and some have asked me if there will be a sequel to Tales of Hamlet Way.
“I am working on that at the moment. I am also bringing back to life a story which I created many years ago and I also have a children’s story that I may update too.”