2015 - A new beginning. For those who don't already know me, let me tell you a little about myself.
was born, old style, in my maternal grandparent's miner's cottage on the high ground overlooking the River Tyne when Gateshead was a dirty old town and Newcastle was a long, 2-journey trip away on bus and tramcar. By the time I was 10 months old my parents
had already separated, so I was the product of an early one-parent family. World War 2 was still ongoing.
I always had a great love of books and reading, and although
I was good at art, my one great passion was writing and I never stopped dreaming of one day becoming a published author. My teachers expected me to become an artist; my mother wanted me to follow in her footsteps and work in an office as a contometer operator
- the early form of computerisation, the macine of which was as big as a whole room. I eventually became a secretary, pushing my dream of becoming a writer to the back of my mind. After all, who had heard of a secondary modern school kid from a working
class background being published? My family were simple, though respectable folk who always thought I had aspirations above my social level. Inverted snobbery reigned supreme.
With a lot of hard work and no qualifications to speak of, I worked my way up the secratarial ladder until I reached a position I never thought was possible - that of Executive Secretary [admin/medical] with Newcastle University. There was
only one secretarial position higher, and that was PA to the Vice-Chancellor. In between times my life took a variety of turns - some exciting, some frightening, but never boring.
In 1991 my husband and I took early retirement and moved to south-west France, where we still live in a small rural village surrounded by a farming community and we love it. It is here in France that I finally became a published writer, formed
my own art group and acquired my very own art studio. Neither of us know how we ever found time to go out to work. There is never enough time in the day to do what we would like to do. Apart from writing and painting I am also now involved in trying to save
abandonned dogs who do not have the happy home shared by my two miniature Yorkshire Terriers, Candy and Toby.
Please take time to brouse through these pages of mine,
leave a message and go away knowing that I am delighted by your visit, however brief. Keep calling in, because I will be adding to my 'story' on a regular basis.