I titled this blog post (very loosely) the art of social organisation, not because I'm about to preach on about how everyone can get on the social networking bandwagon and create an amazing organisation for themselves and their businesses (which I do believe they can); but because I needed to get my own social networking (read blogging in particular) under some sort of control. You can find out what I did by reading the blog post .....
Which writers or poets inspire you and why?
I have been inspired by many and varied writers and poets, too many to name. As a child I loved Enid Blyton and grew into R.F Delderfield and progressed to Jane Austen. My recent reading material has included George Martin and Dorothy Dunnett, together with a variety of modern writers.
If you are a writer or poet, how did you get started?
I started writing stories as a child under the age of 10. Intially I made tiny comics for my sister and friends. As I grew up I wanted to be a journalist. I did achieve this ambition but soon decided it was not the kind of writing I wished to do. After many years working and looking after the family I turned my hand to short story writing and now I am writing my first novel.
Where and when do you do most of your reading?
I don’t find I have the time to read as much as I’d like or feel I should. I grab any free moments and occasionally read at bedtime. Most reading, these days, is done when I’m on holiday.
Are there some themes you enjoy more than others?
I love reading history, both fiction and non-fiction. I also enjoy biographies, particularly of women in history.
What are you reading currently?
The Kashmir Shawl by Rosie Thomas.
Are you a library lover, a bookshop bird or an online owl?
Where there are books, there am I! I love libraries, I will spend hours trawling a book shop and I have a huge ‘to be read’ collection on my kindle.
Which genre of writing do you prefer and why?
I love reading history, both fiction and non-fiction. I also enjoy biographies, particularly of women in history. I also enjoy some fantasy novel. I think it’s because I like to escape!