The ‘Being A Writer’ Journey

Writing and reading have been two of my greatest loves for as long as I can remember along with dogs, stationery, cups of tea and bubble baths!

As a child, I used to love curling up in corner where I could spend hours reading Enid Blyton’s The Faraway Tree or some other magical tale.  Total cosiness – I loved it.  Better still if it was raining and I could sit next to the window listening to the pitter patter of rain as I got more and more lost in another world.

‘Being A Writer’ – The Seed Was Sown

As the years went by, I never lost my love of literature and was starting to read adult books by the time I was about eight years old.  I’ll never forget reading Helen Forrester’s ‘Twopence To Cross The Mersey’ every day before I went to school.  Set in poverty-stricken Liverpool in the 1930s, there’s just something about going back in time to a part of history that you weren’t born into but can be brought alive through the power of the written word.

‘Being A Writer’ – Like My favourite authors

As I always tell the children that I’m tutoring, you must love reading before you can become a great writer.  Experiencing how someone crafts a story from start to finish is invaluable.  The ability to be able to ‘paint a mental picture’ is a real skill and when the imaginary cinema projector inside your head starts to project the story inside your head, you know you’re onto a winner.

I enjoy a mixture of genres from crime to romance but what I love most of all are those stories that predate the mid twentieth century.  There is something truly magical about being immersed in history but that’s not to say I don’t enjoy a modern setting too.  It really is a case of whatever takes my fancy.  Here are a few of my favourite authors and trust me, I’ve read thousands of books so making a choice has been difficult!

Lesley Pearse

A real inspiration for the late starters out there as she began her writing career aged 49.  Like so many writers, she’s experienced some hard knocks and seen a few things in her time.  This is reflected in her writing and certainly some of her storylines can be quite shocking and raw.  One particular example of this is ‘Camellia’ which chronicles the life of a young orphaned girl hoping to find love in the seediness of London in the 1960s and 1970s.

Lesley Pearse always creates strong female protagonists in her novels and I always look forward to the release of her new books as she really can spin an excellent yarn

Barbara Taylor Bradford

The Queen of Sagas in my opinion.

I remember watching ‘A Woman of Substance’ back in the 1980s with my mum at my grandparents’ house.  They had a colour television [we only had black and white at the time!] and it was such a treat to be able to watch the story unfold week after week.  I even remember getting my first sip of Asti Spumanti such was the occasion and from that moment on I was hooked on reading Ms Bradford’s books.

Barbara Taylor Bradford is probably most well known for the series of novels highlighting the life and loves of Emma Harte.  However, in more recent years, I have thoroughly enjoyed her Cavendon Chronicles which span the lives of the lives of an aristocratic family over a period of 32 years between 1913 and 1945.  So, if you’re missing Downton Abbey and still getting withdrawals, this would be an excellent choice to fill the void!

Martina Cole

She is the most requested author from prison libraries and her books are reported to be the most stolen from shops.  Ms Cole’s writing is based mainly in crime-ridden London and often spans over a number of decades.  Again, her characters are always strong females sailing close to the wind as far as the law is concerned.  Dangerous Lady was where it all started for Ms Cole.

I enjoy dipping in and out of her novels as they really do provide a valuable and often educational insight into some of society’s more unsavoury topics such as murder and drug abuse.  The author’s language can be profane to say the least so if your sensibilities are likely to be offended I would steer clear if you aren’t a fan of ‘pavement vernacular.’

‘Being A Writer’ – I Became One!

There have been times in my life when I have felt overwhelmed by feelings of depression or anxiety which was, no doubt, mainly due to an autoimmune illness I was diagnosed with quite a few years ago.  Winston Churchill used to calls his feelings of depression as ‘a black dog’ and for me, the only pastime that would help alleviate those feelings was not only reading stories but also writing them.

I call losing myself in a good book my ‘mental chewing gum.’  The stories I’ve read during my darkest hours helped to lift my malaise and this led to me thinking that I would like to give writing a novel a shot so that I could, in some small way, possibly help someone else by transporting them to another world because of something I had written.

After a number of attempts, my novel ‘Still Waters’ came into existence.

Still Waters

Still Waters

Having struggled to find representation with an agent via the traditional methods, I was relieved to discover that Amazon could assist me with bypassing the traditional publication route so that I could simply self publish the novel myself.  The book is now here and I am thrilled to be able to share it with you.

I wish you all the very best for your future.

Rachel a.k.a The Life Hack Tutor

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Being A Writer

Being A Writer