In the beginning
When I was a young girl I loved to read books. From that love of reading books came the love to write. I was starting to realise the passion I had to become a storyteller, an author. Whether my writing ended up as short stories or poems, there was no stopping me. My family were both my inspiration and audience. After finishing school I stepped seamlessly into a career in nursing, one which lasted thirty years. My writing took a back seat. My dreams of becoming an author were on hold.
Life with my husband
During my long and varied nursing career I met and married my husband. He was my absolute soulmate. We were inseparable but our lives were changed when he was diagnosed with a rare form of myasthenia gravis. I quit my job to care for him and it was during this time that writing ideas began to bubble back to the surface. While he was resting , I needed something to keep my brain active and came across a writing course. I needed to see if that passion was still there. Was this my chance to evaluate my skills and become an author?
Conquering the writing course
With some encouragement from my husband, I completed a Diploma in Professional Writing, scoring two high distinctions and one distinction. While I had this success under my belt, I needed to continue my learning. I took on a Diploma in Creative Writing and passed this with flying colours.
Loss of my husband
Life then changed for me and in the most dramatic way. I lost my husband to Myasthenia Gravis and Guillain Barre syndrome. He passed away from his illness on 31 August 2019. Sadly he did not live to see the courses passed and completed. However I know he would have been proud. I decided to use this loss to bring an emotional and evocative level to my work that had never been seen before. A kind of therapy in a way.
They say ‘write what you know’
Ever heard the saying “write what you know”? That is exactly what I did. Using the events in my life and with the inspiration of family and friends, the writing continued. I submitted a collection of 35 poems to a publisher as well as a childrens book. Both were accepted for publication. I was an author. I had achieved it. It was a bittersweet moment but a proud one none the less.
I continue my writing work today with numerous articles ready to read on this site. Many have already been published for the world to see.
To say that I am passionate is an understatement.
To say that the ideas are plentiful…is the truth.
All I ask is that you join me on the ride and enjoy my work.