Books and words have always been a refuge for me. I have always sought the other worlds in books far more than the real world. As a child, we moved a lot and I was always the quintessentially ‘weird’ child. The odd one that never fit in, no matter how hard I tried. Books, well they were my sanctuary. Libraries were, and still are, places where I breathe a sigh of relief when I cross the threshold. And try as I might, I cannot walk past a second-hand bookshop without popping in for a rummage.
As an adult, I have lived in three different countries. That in itself provides a wealth of writing material for an introvert who doesn’t really like her roots disturbed. I identify as an immigrant, with heart and roots in different places and this too, has left me with much to write about. Life has left its mark on my heart in a hundred different ways over the years, and I carry scars that I want to share.
Allowing myself the freedom to be transparent was always a terrifying thing for me, so for years I only wrote in private, scrawling snatches of the innermost parts of my heart onto scraps of paper. Until one day I decided to submit a story to a US publication, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and when it was accepted for print, it gave me the courage I needed to start sharing some of my writing and poetry with others.
What do I write about? I have a deep love of all things green — nature, trees, walking along the hedgerows and seeing the seasons change — autism, healing (I had a long battle with Bone Marrow Failure/Severe Aplastic Anaemia), post-natal depression, grief, love, bullying, domestic abuse, addiction, bulimia, depression, anxiety, being an immigrant, body positivity, self-love, spirituality and faith, the chaotic childhood that results from growing up touched by alcoholism and depression.
To me, writing is healing. In a nutshell — I celebrate the ‘beauty in the struggle’.
I have a son with special needs and T1 diabetes, and much of my writing features aspects of my daily life. My thoughts and fears laid bare on paper. I write to encourage others who walk in the shadows of daily life — those of us who sometimes feel unseen — the ones on the fringe of society.
You can find some of my poetry at the online journals, Dime Show Review and Anti-Heroin Chic. Some of my writing on domestic abuse has been featured in BRENDA Magazine’s RED issue. And I have published in Chicken Soup for the Soul — The Miracle of Love.
I am currently working on my first poetry anthology.
I hope you enjoy my writing and poetry and thank you very much for following along,