In her spare time June enjoys reading, gardening and golf – not necessarily all at the same time.
She enjoys holidaying, both in this country and abroad and has visited the South of France – the setting for her first novel, several times.
A. My first book - Seasons of Change - is set in England and the south of France.
I chose the south of France as one of the locations because it is one of my favourite holiday destinations and it was a good way to refresh my memory of some of the nice places I had visited.
Q. If you had a choice where would you choose to live, and why?
A. Palm Springs, California.
It’s a beautiful location surrounded by mountains with fantastic weather and lots of challenging golf courses. My husband would be permanently happy although I’d have to transport all my remaining loved ones with me, as it’s just a bit too far away for family get-togethers.
Q. Can you tell us a bit about where you live now.
A. I live and have grown up in Warrington. Despite its industrial beginnings, Warrington is now a well-established, expanding town and well located for travelling to several of the nearby northwest cities including Manchester, Liverpool and Chester.
Many country walks are only a short drive away and some of the most beautiful areas of the Lake District are less than an hour away.
Q. Have any places inspired you to write, and why?
A. I’ve only recently started writing so find that, wherever I am, I begin to think “This would be a good setting for a storyline!!” It’s becoming almost obsessive!!!
Realistically, I probably find holiday locations the most inspirational, because I’m more relaxed when on holiday and therefore more able to consider my writing.
Q. How important do you think the setting is when you write a story?
A. I think the setting is very important as in my mind it creates a framework within which the story can then develop.
Q. What’s your idea of a perfect day?
A. Enjoying a shared pursuit with one of the special people in my life – knowing that they were having as good a time as me.
Then returning home and sitting in the garden, on what would hopefully be a warm summer’s evening, watching the sun go down, reflecting on the day’s happy moments – possibly accompanied with a nice glass of wine.
Q. What inspired you to write your first book?
A. I was going through a difficult period in my life and found that writing enabled me to refocus and remain positive.
Q. Can you tell us anything about your next book?
A. I’ve already written my second book “One Step Forward, Two Steps Back” which is the sequel to “Seasons of Change” and follows the next phase in the group of friends’ lives. I’m currently toying with writing a third, maybe in a different genre.
Q. If you weren’t a writer, what would be your next choice of career?
A. I would have liked to be a successful sportswoman.
June Walker Smith's book 'Seasons of Change' is out now. To find out more about her and her books visit -
Facebook * Twitter * Website * Pinterest
Chloe is struggling in a long-term relationship with a married man. Can she find the courage to end the relationship and move on?
Sarah appears to have it all – she’s attractive, wealthy and an incorrigible flirt but will she ever be truly happy? What price is she prepared to pay to achieve ultimate happiness?
Linda has only ever loved one man - her husband Mike, who died in an accident when she was pregnant with their daughter. Whilst excitedly preparing to become a grandmother, she is hit by a serious illness. How will her own daughter, Emma, react when faced with emotional turmoil?
Sam is desperate to meet ‘Mr Right’. Her quest follows her experiences with dating agencies until she meets Dan. But is he really the right man for her?
Whilst celebrating their fortieth birthdays in the south of France, Sarah is viciously attacked and left for dead. Is her attack the catalyst that causes her life, and eventually Chloe’s, to be changed irrevocably?
You can buy ‘Seasons of Change’ from
Amazon.co.uk Amazon.com FeedARead
Sarah stopped to catch her breath, but the footsteps behind her kept coming. If only she’d listened to the others.
Her heart pounding she quickened her pace, although trying to walk fast in 4-inch stilettos, after several Tequila Sunrises wasn’t an easy task. To make matters worse she wasn’t overly confident that she was heading in the right direction. If only she could get back to the church in the central square she’d be able to get her bearings. This was the really quiet part of the town - in fact it was deserted. If she could find the main street there may be a bar that was still open and she could go in and phone for a taxi.
Sarah had been enjoying herself so much she’d lost track of time and although it was too dark for her to focus on her watch, she estimated it was now probably getting on for two in the morning. It was still remarkably warm, even for the South of France, but in spite of this Sarah could feel herself breaking out into a cold sweat. She stopped again and this time the footsteps also stopped. A fresh wave of panic swept over her and now all she could think about was Harry and Jeff. Reaching down she removed her shoes and started to run.
Her bare feet pounded the uneven pavements and she winced with pain as she stepped on something sharp. It took her a few seconds to realise that the strange noise that seemed to be echoing back from the dark alleyways was actually her own sobbing. She rounded a corner and felt an enormous surge of relief, the landmark of the church loomed up about 300 yards to the right. Switching direction rapidly, she stumbled on an uneven kerb and felt herself go sprawling across the pavement. It was only a matter of seconds before she was on her feet again and as she stooped to pick up her handbag, she heard a rasping breath as a rough hand covered her mouth. As she tried desperately to scream, she saw a glint of metal before there was a searing pain in her side and she felt her world spiralling away as she slumped in a heap on the floor.