Meet Emmy Gray-Winter

I grew up in the home counties in the 1970's.  I trained as a nurse, a midwife and a health visitor in Reading.  I moved to Wiltshire in 2005, to escape the Rat Race.  I still work for the NHS.

I was diagnosed with dyslexia at the age of 40, having struggled for many years with the challenges of being undiagnosed, and periods of depression.   It was over 10 years ago,  during a period of ill health that I came up with the idea for my debut novel.   However it took me a further 7 years to have the confidence to write it. Once I got started putting pen to paper, Twisted Thread took only 2 years to write. 

Writing has always been a hobby and cathartic experience for me. 

Even as a young child I would conjure up stories with my imagination, sharing them with anyone who was around to listen. I’ve developed my storytelling and writing quite a bit since then, but the essence of creativity and entertainment I began with as a kid has remained a major influence on my work.  Back then I only ever wrote short poems or stories, but never thought I would ever write a novel.  For that I am very proud.   


I’ve been writing professionally since 2018 and have no intention of slowing down anytime soon. Get in touch with me if you’ve got any comments, questions, suggestions, or just want to say hello. I’d be more than happy to hear from you


I hope you enjoy reading  Twisted Thread it, as much as I did writing it. 

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November 2019

When an injured girl is found on a park bench, DI Mike Jeffordson is determined to discover her identity.

Midwifery Sister Oliver is convinced the girl is a French midwife Aline Deniaud who was sacked from her job. 

Counsellor Simon Thomas is adamant that the victim is Eve McDonnell a woman with a troubled past. 

Reverend Hillier knows her as Mary Daniels, one of his homeless flock. 

As psychiatric staff work to uncover memories of the vicious attack, DI Mike Jeffordson is nearing retirement.  Will he unlock the truth, in this, his final case?

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What the readers thought.

“Emmy, I've just finished your fab book,  it kept me hooked till the end.”   D. Turner 

"From the beginning of the book, I was hooked! As I read through each page I couldn't help but try to solve the mystery alongside a very interesting cast of characters.  As a lover of thrillers, this book did not disappoint. "  W. Hume.  USA

“I have read your book and throughly enjoyed it.  I read quite a few first novels and I can honestly say that yours was much better than most of them, I couldn’t put it down, its a good job that I was on holiday! Well done you.”   M. Bush 


“Cracking good read.”    A. Knight 

"Not my usual genre but throughly enjoyable read with a plot line that keeps you turning the page!  Written during the era I was doing my nurse training, living in nurses accommodation, parting etc social references were a bonus to the enjoyment of the book.   OJT

"Throughly enjoyed this book. A story full of intrigue that certainly gets you thinking. Really loved all the references to the 1980's brought back lots of great memories"  L.Rankine 

Enjoyable, bit gritty in places, really enjoyed this page turner.  Gritty reality in places.   Great twist looking forward to the next one.   S.L. Hobbs

"I found Twisted Thread delightfully intriguing, with a nice happy ending.  Emmy's writing sty;e made for very easy reading."   R. Thacker USA 

What a great read.  This was a real page turner and well referenced with regards to the medical/nursing content, which I'm all too familiar with!  Keep writing Emmy - I'm ready for the next!   E.Bullock 

“Hi Emmy, just finished reading Twisted Thread,  I wanted to say how much I enjoyed it.  I can’t remember the last time I finished a book, and this one I finished in a week.  Well done its amazing.”   E. Hunt 

"I have just finished reading Twisted Thread and thoroughly enjoyed this psychological teaser. The story is gripping, the plot very relevant for today and I found the book hard to put down. Congratulations to Emmy on her first book, a real winner. I understand Emmy is already writing her second book and I will certainly be looking for it in Kindle books. " T. Colgrave 

"You have a wonderful writers voice, which is not easy to learn. It make your writing easy to follow and it flows well." J Biggs 


“What a page turner and a great read.”   C. Bell 



Follow the fate of the girl found on the park bench on New Years Day.


What happened to her and why is DI Mike Jeffordson looking for a Frenchman called "Lammy." 

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The only way to write, is to read lots.

When I started to research how to become a writer,  I came across a quote it said "Write about what you know".  Then I found another from Stephen King said in order to become a good author you needed to read a lot,   particularly in the genre in which you write.  

I sharing with you some of the books I have read in the last few months. 



Delia Owen

If you want to be swept away to a time that we all forgot, this is the book for you.  Its a crime thriller with a difference. 

The book is set in the USA in the deep south.  There is a touch of romance, racism and a crime that needs to be solved.   Its  a real paper turner and its descriptions are truly atmospheric, you can hear the deep southern drawl as soon as the characters speak.

Delia Owen spins a magical tale of intrigue, as the opening unfolds with the local heart throb found dead.  But who would kill this loveable rogue ? 



Amy Harmon

Anne Gallagher grew up enchanted by her grandfathers stories of Ireland.  Heartbroken by his death she returns to Ireland.  There,  overcome by the memories of the man she adored and consumed by a history she never knew,  she is pulled into another time.



Louise Candlish

It's a very nice street, with very nice people, all with very nice jobs.  Then the Booth's move in,  and your life begins to be a living hell.  How far would you go, to end this misery ?

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Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant is a creature of habit, socially awkward and struggles with life.  Living on her own she works in a humdrum job.  But life takes an unexpected turn.

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Mark Edwards is an award winning thriller writer.  The best known series is Magpies which was sold exclusively on Kindle and became an international best seller.  It is well worth a read.

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A J Cronin

The book that started the NHS.  I young newly qualified Doctor gains his first position as a GP in a mining town in South Wales.  Its "All creature great and small" all over again.

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Joanna Harris

This book was made famous by the film starring Johnnny Depp and Juliette Binoche.   (Juliette) Vianne Rocher is a single parent working as a chocolatier in a small French town.   She faces the prejudices of her local community and finds ingenuis ways to win their favour.  A lovely heartwarming tale.

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Jane Wenham-Jones

Light hearted, laugh out loud funny.   It is certainly my favourite Wenham-Jones novel.   But could that be that I can identify with the main character Tessa.

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"Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale"

Hans Christian Andersen