"I view every misfortune as an opportunity to improve my life and that of others. My motto is to question everything. Just because someone in authority tells you it is so doesn't mean that it is the best way, the only way or that it's even the truth."
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."
"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."
"One of the virtues of being very young is that you don't let the facts get in the way of your imagination." Sam Levenson
After working in marketing and PR environments for 21 years, I felt that my writing talents, combined with my psychology and marketing expertise, could be better utilised by establishing myself as a freelance writer. In November 1999, after giving birth to my fourth child, I began working from home, undertaking a wide variety of commercial projects for a broad spectrum of audiences and helping to maximise the potential of many companies and media outlets.
In addition to writing commercial copy, dissertations and lesson plans and editing books, film scripts and website content, I have contributed articles, features and columns to hundreds of magazines, books, newsletters, newspapers and ezines globally and have participated in numerous TV and radio programmes. I particularly enjoy writing humorous observations about life. I am also adept at undertaking research, whether it is for commercial or personal purposes.
I am also the creator of several other websites : Mothers Over 40, an inspirational and encouraging site for older parents, which has become a prime point of contact for the media; Child Suicide, a supportive resource for depressed youngsters and families who have lost a child to suicide and my art website, Aphrodite Art. As a result of the tragic suicide of my eldest son, Kristian, in November 2002, I wrote a book on the impact of child suicide on the surviving families entitled, Chasing Death: Losing a Child to Suicide. Published in October 2009 and updated five times since, the book is now available solely via my website, having taken the decision to remove it from Amazon. I have also written an e-book entitled Enhancing Fertility After Age 40 and have edited dozens of books for other authors. I have written a handful of humorous, books for family and friends only and heavily adapted audio recordings of fairytales for my grandchildren.
I greatly appreciate your interest and am more than happy to answer any questions that you may have about my experience, services, capabilities or current projects.
Words that sum me up: Creative, kind, intuitive, compassionate, loving, positive, tolerant, funny (that's "funny-ha-ha", not "funny-weird", though some might dispute this). I am also passionate about nature and conservation and can be found hiking around the countryside at weekends, in all weather conditions, often in the Brecon Beacons, Wales, where we live.
"The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other; who has retained the spirit of infancy even into the era of manhood." Ralph Waldo Emerson
"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others."
"One of the really bad things you can do to your writing is to dress up the vocabulary, looking for long words because you're maybe a little bit ashamed of your short ones."
“If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.”
“Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.”
“Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.”
“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”
“No one has ever become poor by giving.”
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