Just here to spread a message of positivity to all those aspiring writers and artists out there. You see I’m 49 today and can finally announce that I am now a FULL-TIME WRITER & ARTIST!
When I was a kid I devoured every Beano and Dandy under the sun then later, Dahl and Townsend. I wished I could make people laugh like that too, but thought writing was for other people, not me.
My dreams were further dampened when a senior school teacher told me my English was terrible (things were different back in the 80s!).
I squirrelled away my ideas anyway, until the pile grew too big to ignore. I was in my 30s when I sent my first submission and it took 3 years of rejections before I got a 2 book picture book deal. Wow, I was a published author!
I produced another 2 picture books then last year published my first novel. It took almost 4 years to complete and became a surprise best seller.
Right now I’m working on an illustrated children’s series, doing talks and engaged in other artistic projects – I don’t necessarily need to supplement my income anymore (as an advertising/marketing creative).
How did I get here? I never lost sight of my goal to do what I love, which is to entertain, enlighten and spread joy through my words and pictures. I want people to feel like I do when I read my favourite books!
It was hard work at times, but finding your true purpose is a long and winding road. Keep faith, focus and determination, be genuine and kind, surround yourself with positive people and watch as your world unfolds perfectly…YOU CAN DO IT TOO!💞