Ursula Kennedy Smith spends quite a bit of time in Kent, and in her garden she has a shack. There is a blue plaque on this shack as her mother was the author Lena Kennedy and she sometimes used to write there, even under candleight. But these days, Ursula writes there on her laptop.
Ursula has been writing seriously for ten years and perhaps, too, has the `writing bug` that her mum used to call it. The `blue plaque unveiling` was in May 2011 and it is on YouTube. This year, she has given two talks about her mother, spent time at the RNA meetings and joined a new writing group.
Ursula likes to walk with her dog and sometimes swim. She seems to keep busy with many activities, including drawing and spending time with her grandchildren and her friends.
Her book Queen of the Harbour was published by Safkhet Publishing.
Neave, scatter-brained but beautiful, always goes for the one-night stands. Her sister Connie wants her to settle down with a real man. She sets Kneave up on a blind date with Jeffrey, the respectable and comfortable friend of Connie’s husband. Jeffrey takes Kneave to Spain for a getaway, but she ditches him to flee to Morocco with Enya, the daring and bohemian “Queen of the Harbour”. Kneave finally has what she’s always wanted—freedom and adventure on the high seas.
What kinds of trouble can these two women of the sea get into? Find out in “Queen of the Harbour”.
This is what Ursula says about her book:
“I wrote this story many years ago, as often is the case and I was beginning to wonder if it was going to get old fashioned. Yes, even writing about the nineties can be old fashioned – would you believe?
But it’s not exactly history, although one has to be careful – that it does not become – what you call ‘dated’. Anyway, I wrote this when I was – let’s say mooching about Spain. I was in my early forties and spending much time there and met so many interesting people, that as I read the story again, I feel their presence – wonderful colourful people. It was a magical time and when I speak to friends today who knew those times, they say – its not the same anymore. So when I was back at home, I wrote stories about this place and those times and of course the romance that I experienced. It kind of bought a lot back as I was writing and only a few days ago found myself looking up old photos and thinking about those romantic times…Oh well – nice to dream again, but no names mentioned.
The Queen of the Harbour is coming out tomorrow and is a story that stands on its own. I delved into my imagination as well as my past experiences and came up with the story. The character of Neave, perhaps she is someone we would all like to be like, if we had her courage, for she ran away and ended up living the life she wanted. Something I dont think many of us have the courage to do. Nevertheless, my Neave did and she also took the lovers she wanted and still ended up being – a Queen of the Harbour.
But in my story we see what a courageous girl she is, as she handles the storm at sea and helps bring back the two girls from Morocco to a better life, for unlike me Neave can handle a boat, she can also swim like a mermaid. So perhaps you would like to see how she arrived at her destination of attaining her hearts desire, for she is in the prime of her life, beautiful and the world is her oyster.
When I wrote about the sea, I did not know one end of a boat from another, but on picking up a book at a second hand shop, I found it was written by a man called Tristan Jones – (born at sea aboard a British ship off the island of Tristan da Cunha. The book was entitled “The Incredible Voyage”. He had crossed the Atlantic eithteen times undersail, nine times alone. Reading his story, taught me about boats and the winds at sea and I was able to write about the storm as the girls sailed their cabin cruiser across the Gibraltar Straits. In my story there are three women, going to fetch back from Morocco two young girls and we see the many dangers they all experience. But although Neave finds romance, she will no longer let any man hold her down. For she was a downtrodden woman, who broke free and is happy to be a Queen of the Harbour.”
Find out more about Ursula