I have been writing since I could hold a pen. For the last three or four years I have been working on an adult novel about a hearing girl growing up with her deaf sister. However, after discussions with other writers, this year, I decided to experiment by adapting it for the 7-12 years age group and also for the YA/Teenage market. Meanwhile I am using some ideas from this book for articles and short story in the hope of raising deaf awareness. I’m also working on a Family Memoir and a novel about a 50 year-old woman whose early retirement does not work out in the way she thought. There are a host of other ideas and early manuscripts on the back burner. I also write articles and short stories. Two of my articles have been awarded First Prize at Winchester Writers’ Conference, one in 2010 and another in 2012. In 2011 I received a Highly Commended for a retirement article and in 2012 A Highly Commended was awarded to my Echo feature. Over the last ten years I have written a considerable amount of poetry, often arising from our wonderful life in the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset, UK. I have my poetry collection – Grandma’s Poetry Book – with an agent at the moment. Illustrations for this will appear on my Facebook page shortly. A local artist, Denise Horn, is approaching completion of these fantastic illustrations. Deaf not Daft is approaching completion and I have an agent interested in seeing more of this. Altogether my writing life is exciting at the moment.
When I’m not writing I like swimming in the sea, walking, yoga, decorating, retail therapy and country dancing. I sing with a Musical Theatre Company and we are rehearsing for Annie in April 2014. I have three beautiful daughters, seven wonderful grandchildren and live apart together with my partner Bryan.
I also blog at http://dicastle32.blogspot.com