Standing here on the threshold of my first ever blog entry, I find myself feeling both intimidated and empowered.
Intimidated because I’ve spent the last few years of my life quietly locked away writing my memoir, ‘Fly Away Home’. Chained to my Mac with nothing more than a cup of tea and my own thoughts. No one reading or judging my words except myself and all my secrets still safely tucked away.
I confess I was neither a writer nor a journalist. I was simply a woman with a story. After deciding to tell my story, I attended a series of write your life stories workshops, in the Hague. My teacher was the very gifted and talented author, Jo Parfitt. Jo also happens to be a publisher, who believes my story can and will find an audience.
I must also admit my grammar skills are horrendous. If you continue to read my blog which I hope you will, you may find yourself wondering… How did she write a book, when she can’t even get her commas in the right place? I’ll tell you how…editing. A good editor has the ability to turn all the ramblings of a writer into a nice and tidy little package called a book. I was lucky enough to get Jane Dean to edit my book. Jane has gone above and beyond in supporting me throughout this process.
Finally, everything has been pulled together by the talented designer Lisa Hall at lemonberry.com Lisa has created and transformed the contents of my manuscript into a coherent whole. She is also responsible for designing my awesome book cover.
These women are like three fairy godmothers, making all my dreams come true.
Oh yeah, and why do I feel empowered? Because on April 20, 2012 my book Fly Away Home will make its debut at the American Book Center in the Hague!