I started writing when I was eight years of age,
after I read an Enid Blyton book called ‘the very big secret’, this basically changed my life and I started to rewrite her story and make it my own version. No worries for me of plagiarism or copyright laws, I hadn’t a clue about any of that I just wanted to write a good story like hers. It was very like hers but different enough to call my own. My mother thought I was a genius of course, but my father was more sceptical and waited for the next story before he was enthusiastic about my writing. The second story was an adventure about a family very like my own, (write what you know), even at that age and with very limited life experience I managed to come up with a story that had a beginning a middle and an end. sadly my writing surge tailed off for a few years as I grew I was instilled with the ethic of, ‘if you don’t work you don’t eat’ so I left school and went to work in the inland revenue after failing an audition at the music college in Glasgow. As a failed musician I made a good civil servant. I have worked at various jobs throughout the years including tax consultant, waitress on roller skates, college lecturer, dish washer, child protection social worker and teacher.
My college experience inspired to write again
But I didn’t get very far as marriage and three children kept me very busy and tired for years. now that I am retired I have time to fool about and do what I want most of the time which is take up my music again and write, which is what I always wanted to do anyway. I am a member of a folk group, an acoustic music group, I play guitar and electric violin, I direct a gospel group and take singing lessons. I write songs, poetry, short stories and so far, one novel. Throughout all of this my passion has been books. Even in my busiest time and good times and bad times I will always have a book in my handbag, on my dining table and beside my bed. I cannot envision any journey without a book or any waiting room where I don’t have a book handy or a notebook to write in. my house is full of books, but I know the future is going to be much tidier as most people will use electronic readers and download e books in their hundreds. I look forward to this.
At last Bought a kindle touch which has now become my favorite toy. It took a while though, and I almost cried tears and sent it back as could not work out what I was supposed to do. After watching some tutorials on utube I am off and running. The one big danger is that with one click purchasing power it is tempting to get books and spend a lot of money in the process. I am trying to limit myself to reading new two books at a time and finishing them before I order more.