Jill of all trades, mistress of none, I’m just your average overweight, slightly wrinkly procrastinator, surrounded by extraordinary beauty and inspiration. Often, overwhelmingly so.
I am officially in my fifth decade, separated with two sons – one who’s seven years and one just four, blissfully enjoying the love and company of the better half of my soul, living in the glorious Rutland countryside but with a slight hankering to move, en masse, to the heart of the Lakes. The people I’m proud to call real friends continually surprise me with kind gestures and unconditional love and support, reminding me of what’s important. I strive towards doing them justice through what I write.
My background varies from writing a regular column on a local newspaper, charity appeals, PR and marketing. All of which commanded a specific type of writing, allowing my style to diversify. I’m also a novice blogger, although sometimes fearful of revealing a little too much about myself!
In my most recent paid employment, I gleaned some very useful experience. I remodelled much of the charity’s website, writing content and editing a lot of my own work. Organising a re-brand meant creating new key messages and straplines, leaflets, brochures and display materials – and pulling it all together in one style guide. Consistency and brand monitoring were forefront.
In my personal life, I am easily pleased, although often frustrated. Music both drives and uplifts me and I try to take at least half an hour out of every day to sit in the fresh air, with my iPod on shuffle. The best leveller in the world!
I endeavour to combine my two passions – music and writing – a lot more. I am able to see a good balance in most things and prefer to steer away from the heavily biased. I DO, however, have strong opinions on some topics, but always remain open-minded. I’ve come to realise that fence-sitting, although a pain in the bum, needn’t signify a fear of commitment! There are some things just not worth the effort of being staunch about.
I’m passionate about language and rely on its written form to embed memories into my soul… although verbal and face-to-face communication is always preferable, I am a daydreamer who loves to relive experiences. When my memory fails me, the written words remind me. And make me smile, time after time.