Now, why did I become an author? Well, it was like this – when I turned fifty, I had a mid-late life crisis and realised my life totally sucked. So, I seriously considered running away and joining the circus – only problem with that is I am totally talentless. Instead, I decided to run away to a Pacific paradise (a bit like that other tortured soul we all know, Van Gogh). Unfortunately, I got a bit lost and, instead of ending up in Tahiti, or Fiji or some other South-Seas paradise, I ended up in the beautiful islands of The Philippines, writing each day to my heart’s content.
Truth be told, when I was eight and my mum asked me what I would be when I grew up, I told her I would be a famous author. Well, I finally grew up! Not famous yet – more infamous.
But, after winning an auction for a three hundred year old trial transcript of a bold midwife – Elizabeth Cellier – who ably defends herself against a libel charge, I immersed myself into discovering everything I could about this fascinating woman, indulging my enjoyment of deep research. I soon realised I simply had to share this exciting story with the world! Far from ending my research there, whilst digging into Cellier’s life I became compelled to write and share the tales of several other fascinating seventeenth century midwives, whose stories caught my imagination. Seventeenth Century Midwives: Bringing History to Life.
So, I decided to write my blog and answer the questions as they came along, using the blog as a marketing tool. The blog also prompted me to start #IndieSpotlight, which helps promote fellow writers’ work, and helps my growth as well. I have always been a political person and, lately, the stories that are coming to me are more and more about imbalance, crimes against humanity and environmental issues. I feel it is the responsibility and duty of writers to be the voice of their generation. So, in essence, that is what I’m really after. To raise my argument and do it well.
Now, I haven't got bios for Sima or Teddy, but I can give you a picture and you know what they say - A picture paints a thousand words, right?
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