Smorgasbord Special Feature – Understanding: An Anthology of True and Significant Life Events- Contributors – Lucy V. Hay, Miriam Hurdle, Phil Huston

Over the last two weeks I have been featuring the contributors to this anthology of true and significant events. Writers share intimate and life changing events in their lives with courage and honesty whilst inspiring others.

Compiled by author Stevie Turner – the proceeds from this anthology will be going to Cancer Research and it is a very worthy cause.

Here is the link to the previous post where you can also find the link to the first posts in the series: Contributors Part Three

About the anthology

The following authors and bloggers answered questions posed by Stevie Turner regarding significant life experiences they had undergone. These events include sexual abuse, a near death experience, alcoholism, being diagnosed with cancer, depression, losing weight, getting married, being a mother to many children, being the daughter of a narcissistic mother, and many more!

All proceeds will be donated to Cancer Research:

You can buy the anthology for only 99c:

And on Amazon UK for 99p:

More of the contributors.

Lucy V. Hay shares her experience of teenage pregnancy with Stevie and also the choices facing a teenager today, the difficulties of continuing to study without adequate support. A motivating article that looks at the issue positively and provides common sense advice to a young person finding themselves in the same position today.

About Lucy V. Hay

Lucy V. Hay script editor and blogger who helps writers via her Bang2write consultancy. She is the associate producer of Brit Thrillers DEVIATION (2012) and ASSASSIN (2015), both starring Danny Dyer. Lucy is also head reader for The London Screenwriters’ Festival. Lucy is also an author, writing both screenwriting books and crime fiction. You can connect to Lucy via her website

A selection of books by Lucy V. Hay and you can find reviews and links to buy on

The next contributor is author Miriam Hurdle who writes about her experience with melanoma from its detection through to surgery and chemotherapy. Despite Miriam writing about this very challenging life changing event in a very matter of fact manner, it only makes her story the more inspiring. Apart from overcoming this disease in more advanced stages, there was also a need to manage the bureaucracy of some medical  practitioners that must have added to the stress.

About Miriam

Miriam Hurdle is a multi-genre writer. She writes poetry, flash fiction, and short stories. Her poems are included in Letters to Gaia, Whispers and Echoes Issue 2, Whispers and Echoes Issue 3, and Outcast and More Words.

Music has rooted in her life. Being a soloist as a teenager led her to taking voice lessons and to have ongoing singing engagements. She continues to sing soprano in choral groups. Lyrics have a major influence in the natural flow of her melodic writing. She writes memoir in the form of poetry.

Along with her brother, she took photos when the films were black and white. Photography is still her enjoyable hobby. Drawing and painting were fun activities as a child. Her favorite was to draw a Japanese girl with big eyes, long hair, small lips and chin. She resumed drawing and watercolor painting several years ago. In her poetry collection, photos and paintings are included to illustrate the poems.

She earned a Doctorate of Education from the University of La Verne in California. After two years of rehabilitation counseling, fifteen years of public school teaching and ten years in school district administration, she retired and enjoys life with her husband in southern California.

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The next contributor is Phil Huston who talks about smoking and hypertension – As a heavy smoker until 27 years ago I found Phil’s interview very familiar. Particularly the giving up cold turkey. There are definitely links to hypertension and clearly Phil has done a great job in kicking the habit and regaining his health.. If you still smoke.. you should read.

You will also find some excellent short stories on Phil’s blog and he is the recipient of a number of Stevie Turner Short Story Contest awards.

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About Phil Huston via his Blog

Let’s get the this out of the way. First, I’ve been in or around the music business since I was a teenager. As a sound designer, keyboard player, synthesizer programmer, artist relations manager, demo clinician, rep, electronic musical instrument product manager…blah, blah, blah. Does that matter? In this context, probably not. Aside from those things I PH HEadsot 1don’t know much. What I do know is that we all collect experiences and memories through our unique histories, and that’s what I’m interested in these days. Because music and words are always best served in the telling of stories.

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope that you have enjoyed meeting some of the contributors to this anthology…I will be featuring more of the contributors in the  next week.

 I hope you will purchase a copy and contribute to a great cause… thanks Sally.