For me, the thing I missed most was hugging my children and grandchildren. Distanced, mimed hugs from the roadside are no substitute.
But because I am a self-employed author and creative writing tutor, my work is a portfolio of creative activity, some of which I have been able to continue, whilst exploring new skills and new audiences for my work.
I feel as though I am juggling whilst spinning plates and riding a unicycle.
The Stories Behind the Stories is where I will explore the themes and ideas behind my novels. The backstories of the characters and how they came about.
Where the ideas come from and how they grow into a story.
And how my own life experiences feed the constant, fast flowing stream of stories and ideas
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Meanwhile, the stalled programme of work in schools is about to re-start! I will be working with Tending District Council on the Junior Ambassadors Programme; starting this week, I will deliver 28 creative writing workshops across seven schools in Tendring before Christmas.
On the 29th February this year, I published
Ruby Sixpence Whistles up a Storm
What older woman would not like to feel empowered, to feel as though she can make things happen and influence events? To be the Fairy Godmother her younger self would have loved?
Meet Ruby Sixpence, born on a leap day; a spare day in which magic happens. Born in that enchanted crack in time where opportunities, and people like her, slip through. Over the centuries she has nurtured the uncommon art of bringing lovers together, a gift which comes in the same package as ageing one year in four. But these gifts come with a price ...
I am currently getting up early to work on my new work in progress (WIP) which is the next book in the Ruby Sixpence Series - Ruby Sixpence and the Mother of The Bride
Divas, Dogs and Dreamers
When Sophie Wilde is knocked off her bicycle by Producer Alex Brooke, she becomes entangled in his world of Royal Gala's, Divas and dogs. She doesn't mean to fall in love with him; her life is complicated enough with her alcoholic boomerang ex, her chaotic family and busy life in the wardrobe departments of London’s West End Theatre. But Sophie is a serial daydreamer and makes lists to put off doing what needs to be done. When the singing Diva from hell, Callandra Jewell, throws a mega tantrum on tour, all the lists in the world cannot control the powerful mesh of emotions generated in the ensuing confusion.
Author, Creative Writing Tutor, Mentor, Publisher, Blogger, Vlogger….
And the juggling and plate spinning is another new skill I didn’t know I had.
(I’m still not great on the unicycle.)