My publisher, Darkstroke has set us his authors a challenge for the month of August. Each day we have been set a task. Today being the first task of the month, we have to introduce ourselves. Here goes.
What can I tell you about myself that I haven’t already told you? Okay, let start with the basics. I was born in England, Britain. I’ve always hated the fact my brother had more freedom than me. Whenever he went off to play with his mates, and I couldn’t go. My Mum would always tell me “He could because he was a boy, and girls were expected to stay at home.”
I didn’t see that as being fair. For quite a long time, I hated the fact I was born a girl and not a boy. I didn’t want to get married, stay at home and have babies when there was a world out there waiting to be discovered. When growing up, I always dressed like a boy in jeans or trousers. I hated having to wear dresses. By the time I reached my early twenties, I owned a motorbike.
Of course, I did marry and had one baby. Being a housewife was great, but there was something missing from my life. I needed a creative outlet. As a child, I was always drawing and painting. At sixteen I failed to get into a local college to study art because I was unable to pass the entry exam of math and English. After being very disappointed about not getting in, I signed up for some art evening classes. Once my son was born, I no longer had time for art or anything else. Life then got in the way as my marriage broke down and I had to go back to work full-time to support myself and son.
A few years down the line, I managed, by some miracle to off my mortgage while working in dead-end job on low pay, and met an amazing man who understood that my creative side needed wings. When the opportunity came for me to take redundancy he encouraged me and it was at this point my creative freedom was born as I followed my dream.
The journey hasn’t been easy, but it has been worth it. I still prefer trousers to skirt or dresses. In today’s world girls and women have far more freedom than my mother or grandmother had. Can we have it all yet. I’m not sure.
I know once thing for sure. Hard work does pay but only if you are willing to stay focused on your goal. My first crime novel, Stone Angels is launched on 11th August. This isn’t the end of my journey but the beginning. I hope you will drop by my blog, and help me to celebrate. It will be good to see you.