In some ways I think I was always destined to be a writer.
If anyone asked me at any point what I thought I would do with my life I would probably always have said work in care. And I have. I have been a social worker and child development trainer, I am a qualiifed psychotherpist and practiced for a number of years working with children and young adults. I have done countless hours of voluntary counselling and many, many summers as a music therapist for people with learning disabilities. But all along the way after saying I thought I would work in care I have always said ‘but I would love to write too.’
My first degree is in literature, I have written poetry since I was young, I read endlessly and I just love to share ideas. My Great Uncle was a journalist on the Telegraph and this massively impressed me. He wrote novels and reviews too. My Great Aunt has a CBE for bringing ‘literacy to the people’ (she had polio but would travel for miles on buses to support literacy at adult learner colleges all over London – wow.)
My mum and I once submitted a proposal for a Mills and Boon novel – rejected on the grounds it wasn’t saucy enough! I can recite you poems I learned at O’level (yes I am that old!) and chunks of Shakespeare. Despite the studying I would be hard pressed to tell you about the poor law or community care act in much depth though. It has always been there – my love of writing.
I had some mentoring once when I was working for social services and my mentor had my draw my dream life. I drew a beach, a glass house, 2 children, me and a handsome man and a book and a pen by my side. All nothing like the life I led at the time.
These days I have my husband, the kids and my employment is largely through my writing just as I dreamed. Good stuff this visualising I am just waiting for the glass house on the beach!
I stated to write when I was a little girl and slowly, slowly it has become how I work and I am thrilled to have got there.
I wrote my book How to afford time off with your baby because it was suggested to me that I shared what I knew, what I had lived. The blog came about becuase the same person (my husband) suggested blogs were a great way forward to share ideas. Just a prompt but it was risk and cost free and fitted in with being at home wih my babies so I took the prompt and went for it.
I have written a few ebooks now too and I write features and copy. I now review books on my second blog Book reviews for mums and this brings me immense pleasure too.
I am in a happy work place now. Though I rise early and work late so as not to impact the kids. A lot of strong coffee is consumed and I’m not yet earning enough but I do feel a satisfaction with where I am.
What sparked your business – I would love to know?