What’s your writing background, when did you begin writing and what inspired you?
My writing background really began in earnest about eight years ago, when I attended three different college courses for writing. I went on one course, which was how to write your auto-biography, and two courses on how to write a novel and how to re-write your novel. I have always loved writing from a very young age, English being my favourite subject at school. Various things have happened in my life and I found solace in writing about it. I started off writing poetry, and then tried my hand at writing short stories, which has led me to writing novels too.
How often do you write, and how do you manage to fit in writing among other commitments?
I try to write most evenings, as my hubby is a night worker, so the tap, tap, taping of me on my little computer doesn’t drive him crazy. And working as a Science Tech, at a school is great, because on my days off, I use that time to try and get my creative juices flowing. Even better, is the fact that I have just broken up for the summer holidays, which means I have at least six weeks now to get stuck into writing some short stories.
In which genre do you most enjoy writing?
There’s not one particular one I enjoy, as I love writing anything to do with romance, children’s stories and family sagas. I think I am quite lucky there in that I seem to be able to turn my hand to a few different genres, and they seem to work out well for me.
What draws you to write in those genres?
If an idea pops into my head, off I go with it. It is something I have to get written down, and if I don’t use it straight away, then it is always there to come back to another day. I always seem to think of things or hear something which I think sounds like a good background for a story. I just get the basis of it down, so that I know where I could go with it.
Can you tell me about your current project(s)?
Currently, I have been working on a series of short stories involving a teddy bear called Blue and his adventures. I have based his stories around the Isle of Wight, where I am fortunate enough to live. I know there is quite a lot of scope for me to use him, not just with places of interest to go to on the island, i.e. The Stream Railway, The Zoo etc, but also educationally too. I have had Blue going to school with the little boy who owns him and have shown how important school work is.
What are your writing plans for the future?
My writing plans are to carry on writing more adventures for Blue and also to write some more short stories for Alfie Dog. I have written several novels, and I would love to see one of those in print. I have sent one off recently to a publisher, so wish me luck and keep your fingers crossed that I hear something positive back soon.
Where can people find out more about you?
I am chair of a local writing group based on the Isle of Wight, The Wight Fair Writers, and we have a website, www.iowwritingcircle.co.uk where you can see what I and our members are up to. I also write short stories for Alfie Dog, which is an online e-book publisher, www.alfiedog.com and I have a Facebook page for likeminded authors and artists, where we help each other out, in any way we can, with help, hints and advice. My Facebook group is here or you can contact me by email firstname.lastname@example.org direct.