T.A. Sturgeon


Writing History of T.A.Sturgeon

I find myself reciting poetry at middle school in Christmas Assemblies. Pam Ayres a particular favourite (and remembered to this day).

I start writing poetry in Secondary School, after finding a poem in a Sunday Supplement. An emotionally charged home life gives me reason to lose myself when my mother is being all weird and shouty. Poetry takes me away from this. I find it comes easily and is prolific. I write various lyrics and silly ditties for birthdays and weddings.

I start my first novel, ‘Champagne Hurricane’, a rock and roll love story, whilst I’m having an emotional breakdown. The first of a chain of life changing events starts with my father dying and the first husband leaving me, all within 18 months of each other. I’m awarded ‘Runner-up’ in a ‘Writer’s Forum’ magazine competition. I start Aylesbury Art College, as was, and use my poems as part of my finals. It earns me a ‘Distinction’. I find I have enough material to write my first and second book of ‘Pocket Poetry’, ‘Walking My Path’ and ‘Jupiter Child’.

The next 3 books of poetry are written, ‘Two 2 One’, ‘Finding My Roots’, and ‘Moving On’. I then relocate to Somerset. The novel is put on the back burner due to a demanding second husband, which ends very badly for me.

I relocate back to Bucks, finding myself with little to show for my time away. I return to my writing and the first novel, ‘Champagne Hurricane’, is finished before the New Year.

A massive near fatal heart attack in the March leaves me on the verge of another emotional breakdown. I start to write my second novel, ‘Dare To Live’, and take a very level headed look at my life. Suddenly, everything has changed again. Housebound pushes me back into writing once more and 2 more volumes of poetry are poured out before the end of the year, ‘Life at the end of the Tunnel’ and ‘Alternative Lyrics’. A new novel is started, ‘Hold My Soul’, and runs parallel with the second, six others are also dabbled with, but soon fall by the way.

I finish ‘Dare To Live’ and two more for the poetry collection are completed, ‘The Last Crusader’ and ‘Last One Standing’. A tenth is then completed, ‘Letting Love Rule’. ‘Hold My Soul’, still in its infancy, is set aside as the rhythm of the ode becomes my favourite once again.

With the New Year comes more poetry. ‘Winners and Losers’ is the eleventh book, followed by ‘Thrice Shy’, the twelfth, and’ Lucky For Some’, the thirteenth. Later that year ‘Champagne Hurricane’ is ePublished to Smashwords.com and is welcomed with open arms by the readers, gaining 10, 5 star reviews, and being downloaded at an amazing rate. I place it online, free of charge, thinking no one would want to read it, but how wrong I was. It goes global in a matter of weeks with several other ePublishers picking it up, Barnes and Noble and W.H.Smiths being two of them. I also ePublish ‘Dare To Live’ and three volumes of poetry, ‘Walking My Path’, ‘Jupiter Child’ and ‘Winners or Losers’, all to have surprising results throughout the year.
There is also a fourteenth book of poetry written but is partly lost due to my hard drive burning out, some is salvaged but this remains nameless and unpublished to this day.

‘Champagne Hurricane’ continues to gather followers as the poetry collection grows. I spend time in Canada and write the fifteenth book, ‘Landscaped’, which is then made ready and ePublished in March. The sixteenth is started and is to be finished, as yet…

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small market town in southern England, called High Wycombe. This had little influence on me, the area, that is ... My influences came from those I read, Pam Ayers, Burns, Rossetti, Burns, and all the greats of growing up, plus my intense home-life with a bi-polar Mother, I grew up quick when I was 13 years old ... Poetry has always been my first love ... Novels happened only when the ode in me died ... I needed a survival plan ... Novels were it ...
When did you first start writing?
I started writing at the age of 12 years ... My first poem won awards. They did think it was written by someone else because they couldn't understand that a kid, of my age, could find those words. I guess I proved them wrong. I was reading poetry when I was about 6 ... It progressed from there to writing lyrics for songs, written on a bass guitar ...
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Where to find T.A. Sturgeon online


Rocket In A Pond
Price: Free! Words: 181,320. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Many things change with time and loss, but how is it possible to move on when you lose the will to live? Tee A. Manley has to move on, even though her reason for living is no longer gracing the world with his presence. There is a way, only one way in Tee’s mind. Okay, it takes her to some mad places, but, moving on sometimes does.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,160. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry
When miles are the only barricade between lovers, what are the chances they will reach their goal? If dreams are made to last, are words enough to keep two hearts together? This is a collection of poetry written when this dilemma is a fact of life. If two people can still be in love over a thousand miles, will their dream of being together ever be made real?
Jupiter Child
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,040. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors, Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
This is the second volume of poetry that came together after collecting it for years. I write poetry as almost a second nature, and some days, like today, I find it pours from me, and there’s just no stopping the damn flow. I can’t imagine my life without writing it, but still kidded myself I would retire when I hit Vol 12. Too late, I've started 13 already ...
Walking My Path
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,940. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
Everybody holds a book within them and sometimes we have to let them out. I wanted to publish this collection because it has meant so much to me in writing it. I spent 6 months welded to my computer, after my husband left me, because I needed to write how that left me feeling.
Winners or Losers
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,600. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
This is an emotional journey through one woman’s interpretation of how you let someone in after years alone. It is a collection of sentimental poetry that examines those feelings that attach themselves to heart and mind. From the very beginning, love at first sight, to the never-ending path, each step is open to view.
Champagne Hurricane 2015 EDITION
Price: Free! Words: 222,360. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Erotica » Women's Erotica
When designer, Tee Jackson, is asked to help a rock band produce an album cover, little does she know that within the month, her life will never be the same again. Getting caught in a love triangle with Max Manley, lead vocalist/guitarist, and his on/off narcotics loving girlfriend, Anna-Lee, she experiences love and hate on a level she's never known before. When the lights go down, does love win?

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