I am a former magazine editor and published author. From a very early age I had a burning desire to write and would spend any spare moment writing story outlines. This interest and my love of horses have remained with me throughout my life. I am fortunate that I make my income through both writing and horses, making earning a living...
I am a former magazine editor and published author. From a very early age I had a burning desire to write and would spend any spare moment writing story outlines. This interest and my love of horses have remained with me throughout my life. I am fortunate that I make my income through both writing and horses, making earning a living a pleasure. I was born in Derbyshire in 1962. I attended grammar school and attained A-levels in English, History and Needlework. After leaving school, I attended Art College and then studied Agriculture. After completing my education I had a series of jobs, the main attraction for any position being the amount of time available during working hours to write stories. During one period of employment I wrote outlines for a series of pony stories with the heroines named from A-Z. I worked on farms and as an Artificial Inseminator, making cows pregnant. Eventually I found office-based employment more lucrative and worked in a variety if industries. During a stint at Courtaulds I began providing written copy for the various departments and drifted into a role that I enjoyed, writing and being paid for it. I finished working in 1991 when I got married. Over the next few years I had three children, Kelly, James and India. While I work on a book they are also known as ShutUp, GoAway and AskGranny. After my marriage I lived on a farm, trained horses and finally had the time to write magazine articles. I had a few articles published in various country sports magazines. In 1997 we moved to Ireland. For me, the move meant leaving everything that I had ever known, my friends, my life and the small village where four generations if my family had grown up. However, at this time, Ireland was being promoted as a holiday destination and I was inspired by the advertising slogan ‘Live a Different Life’. I felt that Ireland was where my life would begin, where I would become someone, not just a wife and mother. We settled in the West of Ireland, close to Galway. Shortly after arriving in Ireland I founded Galway Life magazine. Galway is one of the fastest growing cities in Europe and had no lifestyle magazine directed at the population. With absolutely no experience of publishing I set about creating a monthly, glossy, 100-page magazine which sold advertising and contained features about the county. A few months later I was the editor of the magazine, with journalists and a sales staff working for me. The magazine still operates in my original format, although a local businessman owns it and I am no longer involved in it. Through the magazine I met ex-jockey Shane Broderick, who was paralysed from the neck down in a racing accident. I felt that there would be a market for a book about Shane. The Shane Broderick Story was published at the end of 1999. It attracted an enormous amount of publicity, resulting in radio and television interviews for me. Just before the book was published I sold my share in the magazine, to concentrate on other writing projects. I have written professionally since the book was published. I have worked on various projects, researching and writing display media for the Connemara Natural Park. I was involved in a number of projects for this £2.8 million tourist site including the research and writing of the visual display media. I have written brochures and marketing literature for these companies. I have also written web sites, these include The Connemara Walking Trail, Horse Riding Ireland, Dartfield Horse Museum and Irish Equines. Ongoing projects include researching and writing a book detailing the history of Dartfield house. I have also rewritten the web site for the Connemara Trail and am researching into the viability of a new holiday venture in the Connemara area. I work from home, which is close to the sea, in Connemara. I write for part of the day and look after horses for the remainder if the time. I specialise in training very wild and nervous ponies, which is very rewarding, mentally if not financially. During the summer months I work on the oldest trail riding holiday in the world, The Connemara Trail. We lead parties of horse riders through the Connemara mountains and bogs from Galway to the coast at the western edge of Ireland. I have also continued writing books. I wrote Trainers over a two-month period, writing at least 3,500 words a day, sometimes twice this amount. I am lost without a book to write. Once one is completed there is an enormous gap in my life. I feel that even if I never sell another book again that I will still write. There are so many characters bursting to get out that I could be occupied for a very long time.
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