Jane Hayward writes long and short fiction. Her first novel, a romance, was published by Robert Hale. Her dark tale The Way to a Man's Heart won the Lightship prize, published in their Anthology 1 by Alma Press. Her stories have been short-listed by Comma Press and The Liar's League and published by independent publishers. An excerpt from an early draft of this memoir was short-listed for the Fish Short Memoir Prize.