Bridget Rowan’s Reality by Bridget Rowan
“Make me look fantastic, Matthew!” I said, as he smiled at me in the mirror and cut my hair. “I’m going home to tell my husband we are over forever. Never again! Never again will I put up with him. I’m ending it all tonight!” An emotional rollercoaster which tells of a five-year transformation, written to inspire others whose lives may not be how they want them to be, showing how with sheer courage and determination you can achieve anything you set your mind to.
This is a book written in first person, journal style, of a young woman’s struggles and achievements during five years of her life. I enjoyed following the milestones in Bridget’s life but, because of the style of the writing there is very little description or dialogue and a lot of introspection, which can make the reading heavy going at times with too much day to day detail. However, there are real achievements in her life, not the least being removing herself from an abusive marriage relationship and bringing up three children basically single handed, and there are real struggles with employment and finances and lying men.
Through it all, Bridget is true to herself, morally and as a parent, and eventually gets to work at a job she likes in a country she adopts. An example to others who may want to feel sorry for themselves.
There are lighter moments, like the continuous relationship with her hair dresser, whom she even calls up from Italy at one point to make an appointment for a cut. A lot of people will relate to the balancing act of children, work and longing for a proper romance. I would like to read some more of this writer, but in a lighter style, more fictional and with some real Scottish humour which I am sure she is capable of.
Interview with Bridget Rowan author of Bridget Rowan’s Reality
Q. When did you start writing and what made you start?
A. I started writing in 2007 , when I was unemployed and felt it was something I needed to do, after all I had been through, and if I was not working had the time and it would keep my brain active and let it be an outlet for my past. I had also promised my mum several years earlier when she said you should write a book, I promised her I would “I shall mum when the time is right!” and that time seemed to me to be then.
Q. Are there any writers that have influenced you?
A. Maeve Binchy
Q. Has your work been rejected by any publishers?
A.Yes they felt it could be libellous and hence didn’t wish to touch it
Q. How do you discipline yourself to write and what support do you have?
A.I find writing easy, and support well I write my diary every night.
Q. How do you write, paper and pen, pencil, straight to computer, tape recorder etc.?
A. Straight to computer it helps correct my dreadful spelling instantly
Q. Are there issues in your private life that have an influence on your writing?
A.Most definitely all issues, as my life has always been very difficult with all life has thrown at me, and this no holes barred account I feel shows the reader all the challenges I had same time.
Q. How important do you rate punctuation?
A. I think it necessary although dyslexic I find it hard to do correctly
Q. How do you feel having published, are you ready for more?
A. I am now ready to write the next and last book on my life story
Q. Have you any tips for budding writers?
A. If you are passionate about something, and you put your heart and soul into it , you should have something people want to read about
Q. How important are your marketing methods?
A. Very without marketing people don’t know your book is out there
Q. Can you see any of your work being made into a film or television series?
A. I would love for the book to be turned into a film, so if anyone is interested please contact me
Q. What do you think of the big publishing houses who don’t give new writers a chance?
A. I do not feel it fair, I have self published at a cost of £500 in 2010 and now understand you can publish from £75 a book, so thats good news for up and coming authors or authors like myself who wish to write another
Q. Do you think the day of the publishing business is coming to an end, and self publishing becoming more popular?
Most definitely , the publishers are not willing to take chances look at J K Rowling or E L James for self publisher who tried to get publishers to take them on!
Q. Tell us a little about your next work I should read.
A. The next book will follow on from the first one, but there after I shall not be writing about my life, as for all its good for the soul, it is a very open and honest account and I feel that it is too intrusive to keep writing like this. I am writing it in the same format as the first and hope that it will show the same determination and strength and the will to survive with all life throws at us and can only hope it keeps inspiring others that if their life is not how they want it to be, then they, and only they, have to make the choices to change it regardless of the situations life has thrown at them, and by the time its complete hope I personally am in a better place job and money wise although I think it fair to say relationship wise I feel very happy with where I have got to at this point in time.