Where do I start? The love of reading began at an early age, largely thanks to my mother. The story goes, I was sitting opposite my teacher in primary one. She was reading the paper and being curious (read nosy minx) I read it too. Except I read it from my desk, upside down. Thinking she would teach me a valuable lesson she asked me to read one of the news pieces back to her and explain my understanding of what I’d just read. No problem! When I think back now, she must have thought I was a right little smarty pants.
A love of reading turned into a love of writing. I wanted to create worlds where I could escape and lose myself, take myself away from whatever was going on in the outer world. It started as apologetic poetry, mainly to my mother, and grew into short stories delving into the quagmire of our brains and personality. I found I could write far more easily than I could express feelings verbally.
For me, writing is a necessity to make sense of it all. That magical, yet oftentimes awful, mess we call life.
After being accepted to Napier University for a Bachelor of Arts in Publishing and Editing, I thought my course was set, but ‘life’ intervened and my path took a different route. It took me 10 years to get back on that path and I was in my late 20’s before I found myself working in a publishing house – initially across a range of titles and then as Deputy Editor of an international natural health publication.
I don’t regret those ‘in between’ years. I learned much about myself, and I gave birth to my daughter, who to this day, is the source of great pride and wonder. I put myself through college and began the long climb up into the world I wanted to inhabit. I learned that if you want something bad enough, no matter what obstacles you have to overcome, you’ll get there. Just put one foot in front of the other and keep going.
The overarching message driving all my writing is transformation, so as well as advice on how to transform your own writing, I’ll also be sharing ideas about my own works of fiction in progress as well as editorials, and opinion pieces on subjects I feel passionate about (from time to time).