I’ve always wanted to write and have written snippets of stories here and there since I was a child. Back then, I had this dream of staging a play with my friends and imagined travelling theatres, circuses full of wonder and magic.
I love learning and languages and travelling and psychology. I became an art therapist and counselling trainer – teaching people how to work with others in a listening capacity. I’ve worked with all age group in all types of settings.
It wasn’t till I was forty that the seed of the story for the novel dropped into my life. The Last Beekeeper was ‘born’ in a writing class. An image of Hassan skipping across a courtyard came to my mind.
Then the story built up over the next few years. It took a long time and now, when I look back, I realise I was battling lots of inner demons about being good enough to be an author. It also took me so long with the first novel because I was becoming a ‘writer’ in the process I was still learning the craft at basic levels. This learning is never over and everything depends on how much you write and read.
I’ve come a long way since then and I hope to have my second book finished more quickly! I’ll keep you posted here about my ideas, the ways I research a story as well as share any tips on writing that I’ve found out along the way.