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Writer's Digest: 2013 Best Writing Websites (2013)

  • By Victoria Mixon

    Stuart Wakefield is the #1 Kindle Best Selling author of Body of Water, the first novel in his Orcadian Trilogy. Body of Water was 1 of 10 books long-listed for the Polari First Book Prize for a first book which explores the LGBT experience.

    Wakefield is an IT specialist in London, with a number of novellas and short stories published. He blogs here about his fiction.

    I worked with Wakefield to develop a scene-by-scene plot for his second novel in his Orcadian Trilogy, Memory of Water. I am looking forward to working with him on the final novel, Spirit of Water. I also write his blurbs for him.

    Body of Water

    “Fear the water.”

    Leven has never forgotten his mother’s terrible warning. So how can he explain his strange attraction to water, his powerful sensitivity to it, his extraordinary ability to swim as though possessed?

    Water is Leven’s natural element.

    And it’s water that takes the one he loves and destroys everything he’s ever called his own.

    Set on the Orkney Islands in the mysterious realm of Selkie mythology, Leven’s story of lost identity, lost love, and the search for redemption leads him from London to a terrifying meeting with the dark and volatile man who will change his heart forever.

    Something in the water is coming for Leven.

    But can a man born of chaos ever calm the storm?

    Memory of Water

    Despondent and suicidal over the disappearance of his beloved Leven, Shaun goes straight from medical observation to the River Thames—where he wades into the freezing water intent upon ending it all.

    Instead, Shaun finds himself rescuing the mysterious floating body of a man in strange armor. And he learns that Leven is not dead, hope is not lost, love is not over. . .and the world of London is not the world he thought it was at all.

    Shaun and his sister Beth struggle to save the life of this man so like Leven as to be identical, although he has no memory of Shaun or anything that’s happened to him.

    When their struggle becomes one of escaping their own tyrannical parents and violent past, it is Beth’s wild, uncontrollable art that brings to them the clues Shaun needs to piece together where Leven has been, what happened to him there, who’s coming for him now. . .and how only a fine thread of precognition hangs between London and oceanic apocalypse.

    Before it’s too late, Shaun must recover this man’s memory—

    The memory of water.

    Wakefield says:

    “Victoria, I bow to you. I really do. You are awesome sauce and a bag of chips.”

    Wakefield speaks at length on video about our work together.

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MILLLICENT G. DILLON, represented by Harold Ober Associates, is the world's expert on authors Jane and Paul Bowles. She has won five O. Henry Awards and been nominated for the PEN/Faulkner. I worked with Dillon on her memoir, The Absolute Elsewhere, in which she describes in luminous prose her private meeting with Albert Einstein to discuss the ethics of the atomic bomb. Read more. . .


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STUART WAKEFIELD is the #1 Kindle Best Selling author of Body of Water, the first novel in his Orcadian Trilogy. Body of Water was 1 of 10 books long-listed for the Polari First Book Prize. I edited Wakefield's second novel, Memory of Water, and look forward to editing the final novel of his Orcadian Trilogy, Spirit of Water. Read more. . .


ANIA VESENNY, represented by Beverly Slopen Literary Agency, is a recipient of the Evelyn Sullivan Gilbertson Award for Emerging Artist in Literature and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. I edited Vesenny's debut novel, Swearing in Russian at the Northern Lights, and am editing her second novel, Sandara. Read more. . .


TERISA GREEN, represented by Dystel and Goderich Literary Management, is widely considered the foremost American authority on tattooing through her tattoo books published by Simon & Schuster, which have sold over 45,000 copies. Under the name M. TERRY GREEN, she writes her techno-shaman sci-fi/fantasy series. I am working with Green to develop a new speculative fiction series. Read more. . .


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JUDY LEE DUNN is an award-winning marketing blogger. I am working with Dunn to develop and line edit her memoir of reconciling liberal activism with her emotional difficulty accepting the lesbianism of her beloved daughter, Tonight Show comedienne Kellye Rowland. Read more. . .


LISA MERCADO-FERNANDEZ writes literary novels of love, loss, and friendship set in the small coastal towns of New England. I edited Mercado-Fernandez' debut novel, The Shoebox, published through Abbott Press, and her up-coming The Eighth Summer. Read more. . .


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In addition, I work with dozens of aspiring writers in their apprenticeship to this literary art and craft.

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