..to my website. I am very pleased that you have popped in to visit and this page is to give you a little background information about me and my writing.
A woman, aspiring to be a better writer, mellowing with age (I hope) and living in West Sussex with her husband. I have two middle-aged (scarily because that defines me as old-aged ) children and four beautiful grandchildren. If you have read any of my other social media bios, you will by now be bored to read that I have grown to hate housework, which of course I still do; but under sufferance and to the barest minimum. I am mostly always cold in the UK and constantly crave sunshine.
About My Novel - Dear Dee
Dear Dee is a work of fiction founded on some very large chunks of fact. Some of the characters are heavily based on real people and some are totally fictitious.
For most of her adult life my sister has had the massive misfortune to suffer from mental illness. During the early stages, through the lack of suitably sympathetic and effective diagnosis and treatment, this had a huge impact on not only her own life, but that of her immediate family as well.
As a successful business man my father was a problem solver. As a caring and sensitive family man, he was the one that everyone turned to with their problems. But this was a problem that he wasn't able to solve. So he started to write a novel about it instead. When he was struck by an incapacitating and then fatal illness, he indicated that he wanted me to take over his novel. Attempting to fulfil his wish was an elongated nightmare which, with very mixed feelings, I abandoned. To compensate for my profound belief that I had failed him, I wrote Dear Dee.
It was written in the late 80s early 90s. Then edited, re-written, re-edited countless times before being consigned to the bottom drawer in 2002. Then in 2010 prompted by (a) my wish to achieve some of my writing ambitions in my old age, (b) the recent welcome push to be more open about mental illness, and (c) that old failed promise to my dad, I fished the novel out of the drawer.. and there it is.
There are a few regrets. The largest being that for some of the family, particularly my sister and my mum, the novel has opened wounds that they would have preferred to have remained healed. For that I am sorry. I am also grateful for their understanding of my own reasons for doing so.
About My Writing
Before that watershed moment when my dad first told me that he was writing his original novel, I was already trotting along to my weekly writers' group. I had achieved fame, but not fortune, amongst them as I was the first of the group to get a piece published. Embarrassing, but still good for the ego and confidence. That was followed by a few more published articles and short stories.
I subsequently worked for The John Lewis Partnership at their head offices in Victoria on The Chronicle. A fortnightly newsletter/magazine for and about the employees in that office. That was a lot of fun and gave me the discipline for deadlines - which has since somehow lapsed!
Since we moved to Sussex and life and day jobs intervened, my writing and confidence in it also lapsed. But I still dabbled in various ways, completed several courses and, of course, continued reading furiously. But that old bug just won't go away. And with retirement I am all ready to start right back where I left off before Dear Dee was conceived.
The main ambition is to write another novel. One that has nothing whatever to do with the facts of my or my family's life. In the meantime I am attempting as many short stories and as many competitions as I can, and have been on three wonderful comedy script writing workshops that have conceived an embryonic character who seems to have latched on to my mind as a stray dog does to a chosen new master.
About My Blog
And so, please feel free to roam around my site. I am afraid you will find no particular theme but rather a hotchpotch of rambling musings. I do aim to focus my mind and the site more efficiently, hopefully sooner rather than later, but in the meantime I invite you to look around and make of it what you can..
.. with my best wishes :)