It all started with these... Pelham puppets! Having a mother who took me to the theatre and a father who introduced me to the reading library, story - and the performance of a story - captivated me from an early age. The Intimate Theatre (Palmers' Green) and Wood Green library were two places that left indelible marks on the memories of my childhood. Sadly, the beautiful building that was Wood Green library was knocked down in favour of an ugly, characterless office block. A criminal act in my opinion. As for The Intimate, I was to act on that stage myself, many years later, when they allowed amateur groups to perform there.
But back to the puppets... A friend's dad had a little theatre built for us so a couple of friends and I could perform our shows to an adoring audience of mums, dads and grandparents. I wrote the scripts. I was hooked. And, despite many years of life's diversions... boyfriends, marriage, children, moving house, looking after elderly parents and a variety of jobs - most of which I didn't like - the urge to get lost in stories of my own making never left me.
I don't know why. Maybe the fact I was an only child and needed to create my own imaginary characters with whom to interact. Maybe, because I often find reality unpalatable and I need to escape. Maybe just a creative nature... I'm a very right-brained thinker. Science and maths don't get a look in. People from my past may find it difficult to associate me with a person of reclusive tendencies. There was a time when I was the life and soul of the party... Whatever has happened in my life, I think I have a certain amount of compassion for the human condition. I hope that comes across in my books. At the end of the day, I empathise with the comedians. Their observations of our ridiculous, fragile egos is often spot on. The gentle, affectionate humour of Victoria Wood appeals to me and I find the insight of Shakespeare's philosophies breathtaking.
I love to write. I love to create lives, characters, situations and places. Most of all, I love it when other people get pleasure from what I've created. I still find it amazing and I'm deeply grateful for anyone who gives me a chance and reads my work.
I want to improve so feel free to post your comments... constructive, please.