#WIPpet Wednesday - To Be Sure (Needs) #amwriting #lgbtqia

WIPpet numbers for 5th July, 2017:

17 (year), 7 (month)  = 177 words
(not very mathematical, I know)
from To Be Sure

WIPpet Context:
Another snippet from To Be Sure, which continues directly from previous snippets. This is last bit of chapter one of my story for ‘SAGA’ (title TBC): an anthology of stories featuring older LGBT+ characters (out later this year, from Beaten Track Publishing).

The main character of To Be Sure is Saorla (seer-la) Tierney, a seventy-one-year-old woman from Derry in the North of Ireland. For readers of the Hiding Behind The Couch series, she’s Sean’s mum. Finn is Sean’s older brother. In last week’s snippet, Finn had arrived home from wherever he’d been; he and Saorla are discussing their hotel arrangements for their upcoming trip to England. (This needs the previous snippets for context).

* * * * *
When she realised Finn had said no more, she asked, “So you’re getting a double room, then?”

“Aye. Right next door to yous, so yous’d best behave yourselves.”

“Finn!” She spun to face him, furious and horrified. His grin lingered briefly before he looked away, shame-faced.

“I’m joking with you, Mum.”

“Did your brother put you up to it?”


“It’s funny you both have something to say about it today.”

“Sean didn’t say a word, and even if he had, would it matter?”

“I don’t know what the pair of you think’s going on. I’m a seventy-one-year-old woman, for Christ’s sake.”

“And that means you don’t have needs?”

Saorla’s face was burning, and so was the tea. She turned back to the stove and flipped the leftovers to brown the other side. “It’s not up for discussion—with you or Sean. Do you understand?”

“There’s nothing wrong with—”

“I said, do you understand?” She glared over her shoulder.

Finn raised his hands in surrender. “Fine. I won’t bring it up again. You have my word.”
* * * * *
What is WIPpet Wednesday?

WIPpet Wednesday is a blog hop where authors share from their current works in progress - expertly organised/hosted by Emily Witt - and the excerpt has to relate to the date in some way. For links to other fabulous authors' WIPpets, visit: http://www.inlinkz.com/wpview.php?id=355404

Thanks for reading
Deb x


  1. I'm thoroughly enjoying these WIPpets exchanges between Sarola and her children.

  2. I also love Saorla's conversations with her children. She makes me smile :)
    I am curious who Saorla is staying in the hotel room with, and what will happen!


    1. Thanks Sophie. I'll post from another chapter next week, maybe see if I can get some answers in there without giving it all away. :)


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