One of my earliest memories was being given “The Kate Greenaway Treasury” as a gift from my Grandfather at the age of 6. I was mesmerized by this book and was captured by the beautiful verse and quirky illustrations. This book kick-started my lifelong love, or rather fascination with books. I kept this book into adulthood and often read through it, until one day I picked it up and my Niece had defaced every page with a crayon.
I was so excited when, at the age of 7, I was allowed to become a member of the public library in my own right. Luckily it was just at the top of the street and I was able to go alone. Here, I spent many hours of solitude pouring over all the books on display. I was happier in the library than a sweet shop. I was usually in turmoil over which four books I was allowed to take home to read. Often, I would choose four, take them home to read them and returned them the same day, such was my avidness.
The librarian was a bohemian character called Anne, and I used to spend many hours talking to her about books and her career. She was a kind lady who chatted airily and never fobbed me off. I was in awe of her and wanted to be just like her.
The Milly-Molly-Mandy series was a great favourite from the age of seven and then I discovered Enid Blyton and the Famous Five, each page was an escape into the unknown and from an uninteresting and often chaotic existence at home.
Since then my love of reading has never left me. I still spend time in the library and my family try to” hide” bookshops from me when we go into town.
I decided to start writing my own material and received very encouraging feedback from friends and family who urged me to follow what they called my natural talent . Coupled with my diverse interests and life experiences, including four years serving in the British Army, I am prepared to write about most topics and draw on my active imagination to bring my readers enjoyable and fulfilling experiences.
I taught English and Information Technology including Web Design skills to adults from 1999 until 2010 and gained my CertEd (Post 16) in 2004. I am also qualified in dyslexia awareness and support. Last year, with a commitment to lifelong learning, and always keen to quench my thirst for education and self-enrichment, I studied Creative Writing with the Open University.I am a professional writer, proofreader and editor of both fiction and non-fiction. I have written several short stories and poems and am currently working on my novel Melody’s Promise
Recent Awards & Achievements:
January 2012 Writer’s Billboard Poetry Competition First Place.
February 2012 Short Story Competition First Place.
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