The Tammy stories have been published in their serial form on Big Closet since 2010 and, as of 2021, will remain there, with new stories being published there. See below.
Although the earliest stories date back to 2010, an edit/ refresh in 2014 meant that a retiming was done:
The Ceilidh was written as a short story for a Halowe’en competition. The story introduces Tom Smart as he returns to St Andrews after the half term break in October 2014. In common with most Halowe’en stories it includes suspense and fright, and was not considered suitable for inclusion in the Kindle releases.
You can read the original Ceilidh story on this site by clicking the image above.
Tom’s Fireworks is now considered to be the start of the series, although it was originally written as a short story.
Set a week after The Ceilidh, on 8th November 2014. Tom is 18 years old and in the upper sixth (year 13) in St Andrews school in Thurso, Scotland. His Saturday job is useful when the school’s fireworks display is cancelled.
Back in 2010 I was persuaded to continue Tom’s Fireworks, that continuation became Tamara’s Debut.
Tom, as Tammy, is offered a leading role in a musical but a set of circumstances lead to Tammy becoming a full-time girl. Life, however, is not a bed of roses and Tammy has highs and lows leading up to her stage debut. Meanwhile she’s not allowed back to school and has her first dealings with criminals.
That’s where the story finished, or so I thought. To be honest, I’d sat on the draft for Tamara’s First Christmas for several years whilst Real Life intervened but the requests for a continuation were frequent!
The story continues the morning after the stage debut and continues the campaign for Tammy to return to school. Unfortunately several people plan to do her harm and this brings in the police.
Tammy’s back at school, as Head Girl, and is revising for her A Level exams that are only a few months away. A new Deputy Head causes friction, she has her first encounter with MI5 and the promise of a summer internship. First though, she finds herself playing a leading role in a tragedy – twice.
Tammy’s back from an Easter break in Cornwall and now has her driving licence. She is flung head-on into her exams and school life becomes increasingly complicated. She’s also become involved in a shady government agency.
Tammy has a summer internship like no other – an induction into the murky world of espionage and a date with a surgeon.
Tammy’s living back in Thurso but peace and quiet are needed. She’s now an undergraduate at the University of the Highlands & Islands and convinces herself that she’s not going to be distracted from her studies. It’s a noble plan, but can she do it?
Tammy’s working in London and isn’t enjoying herself.
This is a single chapter short story.
Tammy is sent to GCHQ for a course but isn’t convinced everyone should be there.
Tammy’s training continued at the fabled Room 40 School of Cryptography once she was done at GCHQ. Unfortunately she was caught up in a terrorist plot and has to attend an inquest, without disclosing the American agent who was with her. Various factions are out to kill her, which doesn’t end well. Introducing OICS & True Freedom to the Tammyverse universe, Aftermath includes content by Alecia Snowfall.
Tammy’s back in Thurso, living at home and trying to restart her degree course. At the same time she’s been asked to direct the autumn play by the youth theatre group, Deathtrap. Meanwhile Tammy becomes persona non grata with UK Intelligence agencies. Deathtrap includes content by Alecia Snowfall. This is currently (at the end of 2021) the last story to be republished in Kindle format.
Tammy tries to settle down and that means putting some distance between herself and the UK intelligence agencies. An offer arrives that leads her in a different direction. In Collaboration with Alecia Snowfall.
A season of vignettes followed, all of which were collaborations between myself and Alecia Snowfall. In addition to that, Alecia wrote a story that sits between “Shakespeare Takes A Break” and “Guard of the Thistle”. Maisie Staines is introduced in “Guard”
Tammy and Maisie plan for a quiet family Christmas at Suzie’s house just North of London, whilst Richard and Joan fly off to Geneva for the festivities. Naturally, her plans are disrupted, starting with the night they arrive.
Tammy receives orders to attend a training course in a three parter. This was released on 14th Feb 2021.
Tammy’s sent to a briefing in readiness for a special operation and ends up with a house guest for a few days – just as her life gets complicated again. This is a 9 part novel-length story and was first published on 30 April 2022
If you want to read the stories for free, in serial form, head to my Tammyverse page on Big Closet
The Kindle books and paperbacks are adaptations of the Serials, the novels include new content or completely rewritten sections not otherwise available. The storyline, however, is the same for the serials or the novels. A Character Index is now also available on this site, currently covering the first five major stories.
At this point in the history of the Tammy books, there’s a diversion. I decided in late 2021 that Tammy’s backstory needed to be written and was prompted by a Christmas Story competition to write Tom’s Christmas, set a year before Tamara’s Debut & Tammy’s First Christmas. I had some ten thousand words of Tom’s Christmas written when I felt he need to go back a little further into Tom’s personal history so I then wrote an opening Prelude called Tom’s Revelation. So far there’s around 14k words but I’ll continue the Preludes during the new year as an occasional series. One option, is to include The Ceilidh in the final anthology, and give that the freshen up that is currently missing.
The first Prelude is due to be published on Big Closet on Thanksgiving 2021 with Tom’s Christmas appearing on the following two Thursdays (2nd & 9th Dec)