Welcome to my Blog!
Personally, I tend to blog about environmental and wildlife issues, and other things I feel strongly about. I also host Guest Bloggers each week on both my sites. With my guests writing about such a wide variety of other subjects, a huge range of skills, views and sentiments are shared with the reader. If you are a writer and would like to contribute, click on the guidelines link in the side-bar for more information – I love meeting and working with other bloggers, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch. If you are a reader, please enjoy all the great posts!
And now for a bit more about me!
Having grown up in the Mediterranean and having later lived and worked in various countries, including the United States of America and South Africa, I eventually settled permanently in the United Kingdom.
I am the mother of two grown children who provide me with much of my inspiration in life. My interests include horses and all other animals, the environment, reading, and of course writing. I am also the author of the children’s book – Mungai and the Goa Constrictor.
I have been writing short stories and poems since childhood and had created and narrated many stories to my own children in their younger years. Insomuch as my stories have always been about animals it seems only natural my first novel be written for the genres children and teen and contain lots of four-legged creatures.
I wrote the first draft of Mungai and the Goa Constrictor a few years ago, proudly sent the finished product to a handful of traditional publishers and after only 3 rejections felt totally defeated. Silly! But that was then. The manuscript was put safely away and almost forgotten about. Until that is, my son found it, read it and passed on to his sister to read. Between them they persuaded me to try again. Spurred on by my children’s faith in me, I decided to approach the task of re-editing and updating, and the mammoth and mind-boggling mission of self-promotion. Armed with bucket loads of good, and some bad, advice I plunged head first into the daunting world of self-publishing.
Mungai and the Goa Constrictor is now published as an eBook on Amazon and as a paperback on Createspace.
Why this particular story?
I felt strongly enough about certain events to put them into words a child would recognise and enjoy. I had the idea for Mungai and the Goa Constrictor after seeing how many times my own children were fooled into naively attaching themselves to situations and people without realising the potential dangers – trusting without question and following without forethought. For me it was a warning; a way of understanding that if children, and young adults, did not show vigilance or did not appreciate the dangers, they could find themselves gulled into believing things which simply were not true; people do lie and they do mislead, as a result circumstances might arise which may not be beneficial to their well-being.