What’s important to me?
My personal belief in, commitment to and relationship with Jesus Christ is central to my life and that means it affects both what and how I write. I write secular fiction, and do not use my writing to ‘preach’ or to impose my beliefs on anyone else, but you won’t find either explicit sex or strong language in any of my writing, and although in Turn of the Tide – a novel dealing with the issue of living within conflict – there is some necessary violence, it is a very small proportion of the book (1 1/2 pages out of c 400). Once past the first chapter the worst is over!! Graphic, yes. Gratuitous, no. (If you want to see whether you agree, read the sample here.)
I am a daughter, wife, mother and grandmother. Do any of my family feature in my writing? Well perhaps some of their character traits pop up now and again – or so they claim – maybe even some of mine (the best ones of course…) but in both cases it’s more likely to occur in short stories than in my novels.
Fun shouldn’t be the prerogative of the young. I’m a board game addict and our best family times are when we get together to play games, with the obligatory chocolate (my personal favourites are chocolate mint and chocolate ginger) and snacks! I’m also still not averse to the occasional water fight and refuse to part with the ‘super-soakers’ in my attic. All we need is some hot weather…
4. (Random) Facts.
I am a bit of an adrenaline junkie and the most exciting things I’ve been fortunate enough to experience are:
1) riding (aged 12) down a 2-mile long hill on a bike which turned out to have no brakes,
2) jumping off the top of a mountain in Turkey – attached to a paraglider, and
3) the best birthday present from my children ever – a flying lesson in a WW2 Tiger Moth. It was amazingly simple to fly – very responsive to the slightest movement of the controls and a fabulous experience. (Not least because I had an uncle, who died quite a long time before I was born, but who learnt to fly in one.)
I was also privileged to take part in a Charity walk on ‘wild’ sections of the Great Wall of China – was I glad I’d taken the 16 week training programme seriously! For six+ hours per day we climbed up and down hundreds of uneven, irregular steps, through, round and over innumerable guard posts – I got stuck in one and had to be rescued – and navigated (with difficulty) the rough terrain on the sections where there was hardly any wall still in existence. It was an amazing week, the scenery was immense, and I could have stayed there, on what felt like the top of the world, for ever.
I am actually quite reserved, but people don’t usually realise that, because in a new situation (such as a conference for example) I push myself to initiate conversations and to try to involve others who may be struggling on the fringes. However within my wider family I have a reputation for general jammy-dodgery, or as I prefer to say, serendipity, but I suspect that’s because they’re jealous of, for example, my free, for the asking, brand new bed settee from MFI, and loan (from a random stranger that I’d met for 10 minutes in a library) of a beautiful harbour-side apartment and Range Rover in Boston so that I could research possible relatives… I found them in a day and a half, and then had 3 weeks fabulous holiday with them in Boston, Maine and surrounding areas. Definitely a result.
More seriously, for me writing is an important part of my life. I feel a responsibility to use my God-given talent wisely and privileged that my writing gives pleasure to others. I hope to be able to continue doing so for many years to come.