I write to prove my father wrong!
He told me I would never write a book or have a book published.
Why did he say that?
- I was born left handed and at primary school during the WW2 I was quite brutally forced to be right handed this resulted in what was then labelled Word Blindness, and I was called Hitler's child by the teacher. This in turn led to schooling problems too painful to repeat here, 11+ failure and the taking of OL English exams as many as five times in order to get into college.
- I was lucky I had a brilliant teacher who gave me extra help almost everyday, her name was Sister Mary and I owe her a great deal.
- It was 196o's before i understood what was wrong following a test conducted on me, which enabled me to understand and go on to achieve a teacher's certificate.
- Then later it was labelled dyslexia. My Father said I would never write a book.
- During my teaching career I was often humiliated by the English teacher drawing attention to my spelling mistakes. But the pupils always were kinder to me than the staff. i always told each new intake what was wrong and they would help me if a word on the blackboard was incorrect.
- After my husband went into a Nursing home in the 1980's I began writing a school play.
- Then I tried an adult play that was typed up for me. It was not until 1990's that I began to type plays on an Amstrad word processor myself. Often my original typist would correct it for me, she must have typed up at lease ten of my attempts to write for production.
- Then I began to research the History of my local theatre and a generous lady called Pam Brooks helped, especially with the editing, which she did at least once a week, chapter by chapter.
- My plays never made much money so it wasn't money that kept me writing plays, I wanted to prove my father wrong.
- Then I became unwell and the drugs made me fantasise happily, until presented with a laptop and having a friend called Lauren, who started me off on a story about wanting to murder someone, the moment came when I took off and now have 6 stories about a detective living with his wife on the edge of a sheltered housing complex. All his cases have at least one of the old people giving him a headache.
- The Character of Maggie was formulated with the help of Ann Morrison who has had experiences similar but not identical to the written character.
- Maurice Teasdale is all my brothers rolled into one character.
- I did not self publish. VDU liked my first story and I took on the chin the comments from the Editor. As each book has come off my laptop, I believe I am at last able to say, yes i have a problem but I can cope with it.
- Now I like to encourage others to write and thanks to kindle books I can read more easily as I change the font to suit myself and I like a white background with black letters.
- Life is wonderful as are new glasses.
- Does it matter that I'm not the world's most renowned writer, no it doesn't.
- In a few weeks I will be 74 - seventy years on from having a wooden pencil box slapped down on my left hand and having that stinging hand tied behind my back as a punishment.
- I think I have won!