Judith Lawrence – Welsh Cakes: Book of Short Stories

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

My latest published book is, Welsh Cakes: Book of Short Stories.

This is the first book of fiction that I have published. It is divided into three parts.Part One has nine stories about a Welsh girl named Gwen and is where the book got its title. Part Two consists of eight stories with themes varying from romance to murder. Part Three has twenty-four postcard and short-short stories, which bring the reader to the center of each tale quickly and to endings that are often surprising.

Tell us something about yourself.

I was born and raised in Wales and currently live in Central Ontario, Canada.

I began writing in 1992 at the age of 54 after a working life as a Registered Nurse, 16 of which were as an Anglican nun.

What inspired you to write this book?

My three other published works were of a spiritual nature—two non-fiction books on meditation and one book of mystical poetry. I wanted to be seen as having another side to my writing and so decided to pull my various short stories together and put them in one book.

How did you choose the title?

I chose “Welsh Cakes” as the title because the stories in Part One of the book are about a Welsh girl. Actual Welsh cakes are small and usually baked for a special occasion so I felt this name was appropriate for a book of short stories.

Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?

I have been working, on and off, on my next book for about 10 years. It has been through many forms, drafts, and stages. It is finally finished now and ready to be formatted for self-publishing. “Highway of Holiness: Soul Journey” is another non-fiction spiritual book, about which I am very excited. It takes a look at the possibility of being a contemplative without a cloister; living an ordinary life transformed into the extraordinary by being at one with God’s love; watching the soul come to maturity as it opens itself to the Sacred. I believe that human beings are on a course of evolution into becoming spiritual beings and this book touches on our growth, as individuals and as a community of beings, towards this holy transformation.

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

The best advice I could give other writers about writing is not to be in a hurry to finish. Take your time; go through many drafts until you know it is ready. A book has its own growth time and should not be hurried. Read it out loud, and edit, edit, edit, until it sounds and looks right.

Who is the perfect reader for your book?

People who are looking for deeper ways to pray or a growth in their spiritual life would be interested in this book.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

Authors Den: http://www.authorsden.com/judithlawrence

Blogs: http://welshcakesshortstories.blogspot.com


  1. Judith Lawrence says

    I just wanted to say that since doing this interview, my manuscript, Highway of Holiness: Soul Journey, has been accepted by Wipf and Stock Publishing in Oregon

  2. gail corbett says

    Hello Judith,

    Connie Crook has put me in touch with your work and web… I am delighted to know that you exist.. and publish!

    I have done non fiction… Nation Builders( Child immigration 1867-1939 and a Biography about a canadian Sculptor… but my work now is a collection of Praises , prayers and poems which I need to get published…Connie said that you may be able to advise me as to a publisher…

    I am a certified Spiritual director with a private practice and connections to the United Church.. with Anglican tastes… so I am looking forward to getting your books… the mystical prayers…

    Hope to establish contact with you.

    Best regards
    Gail Corbett

  3. Judith Lawrence says

    Hello Gail

    I don’t often come on this site but I just thought I’d check to see if there were any comments and there were your precious words. Your work sounds very interesting, and how wonderful that you now have a collection of Praises, Prayers, and Poems seeking a publisher.

    My little book of mystical poetry was first printed by Kwik Kopy. Then, later I self-published them on Lulu.com. My latest non-fiction manuscript has just been accepted by Wipf and Stock a U.S. publisher. He has published one book of poetry that I know, “Poiema” by D.S. Martin a fellow member of The Word Guild. Their website is http://wipfandstock.com

    Please feel free to write me at kirklaw@muskoka.com I would love to hear from you. Glad to have a connection with you through Connie.

    Blessings, Judith