How I got hooked on writing...

 

When I was a girl, I spent many hours reading. I loved being taken away by stories about fairies to adventures in foreign countries; planets in the universe; digging into sci-fi stuff; and immersing myself in the stories about fictitious families that resembled some real families I knew. It was great fun and it was fascinating. Reading is still a major part of my life and couples nicely with my writing.

I thought I wanted to be an astronaut when I grow up, but words crept into my psyche creating an imaginative world that often leaves me wondering if I'm really here.

And that astronaut dream...that's for when I really grow up...whenever that will be.

The obsession with words has morphed into my writing career which I started about 30 years ago after a scuba diving holiday on Heron Island off the Queensland coast. As I transitioned from numbers to words, I didn't have the confidence in my writing so it has taken me all of those years to feel comfortable in my writer's shirt. Even with two published fiction books, numerous articles in magazines and newspapers, and hundreds of thousands, maybe a million plus of practiced written words, it still feels unusual. Apparently, this is quite normal.

Before my books were published I wrote five books that were rejected. Ouch, that hurt. I can now see these were my training novels. I look back at them every now and then and cringe at the bad writing, but I'm also glad my writing has improved and I feel comfortable with my writer's voice. What is most important though is the journey I have had to get to this point in my career.

It has been a journey of highs and lows. The highs have been the encouragement I've needed to keep me writing, while the lows have been important learning experiences for me in all aspects of my life.

I have been interested in personal growth since my early twenties. People have entered my life for a brief period so that I can learn from them and for these contacts I have been grateful. You have taught me so much. Some have come into my life and stayed always being there for me to help me grow and develop as a person. I cannot measure the support these people have given and continue to give me, nor can I find the words to thank them. You have all been special in my life and it is you who have shaped me into the person I am today.

It is my intention through writing my characters lives that I will share some of the experiences I have had throughout my life. Some of my characters' experiences are purely fictional. It will be interesting to see if those of you who  know me well will identify those experiences. Let me know if you do by leaving messages for me at my contact page.

I write my blog to encourage you in your daily life. I hope I do this often for you. I love to interact with my readers on all levels, so please don't hesitate to leave me a note if my blog touches you in some way.

Below are some of my favourite images. Some have been taken by me and some have been borrowed from other photographers (of course, with their permission).