Crooked Cat Authors are finalists…

… and they now need your votes! 🙂


Click here to vote for your favourite:


Two brilliant authors from the Crooked Cat’s cradle have made it to the final round of the People’s Book Prize with their hugely popular 5* reads. Please vote for your favourite. Now!



Amy Elliott-Smith‘s black comedy, A Guide to Becoming Distinctly Average, is a darkly poignant tale.

Life is a bitch. Depression is a bitch. Spending your life with depression, working with bitches is the worst of the worst. 

A Guide to Becoming Distinctly Average is a laugh-out-loud, dark comedy, which delves into the depths of a thirty-something dog groomer’s mind as she struggles to cope with life, depression and dogs who wee up her sofa. 

Ultimately, the question she must ask is… 

Can I carry on?



Tom Gillespie‘s dark psychological thriller, Painting by Numbers, has you guessing right until the end.

Day after day, Jacob Boyce – faltering academic and failing husband – visits a 17th century allegorical painting which hangs in a Glasgow art gallery. By using a series of measurements and calculations, he attempts to create a mathematical theory that will decipher the code locked into its canvas.

As more of the painting’s hidden secrets are revealed, and he meets a mysterious young woman, Jacob’s life spirals into chaos.

The object of his obsession has begun to move.

Painting by Numbers is a dark, surreal thriller that follows one man’s relentless pursuit into an old truth buried deep within.


Vote now for your favourite!


*Voting is open between 21st – 29th May 2013!

The Cat and Amy and Tom say thank you!


About Stephanie Patterson

I'm a writer, editor and publisher. I have gained extensive experience in critiquing and editing manuscripts over the last twelve years – including seven years as an independent publisher – and with a number of independent authors.
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