I was born at Eastchurch and have lived on the Isle of Sheppey in the south east of England for most of my life. I am married with 3 grown up children with six beautiful grandchildren with another one on the way.
All my life, my family have wanted me to make use of the talent I have for painting and writing but I never felt I was good enough. I enjoyed my life working in a local supermarket and felt I was just an ordinary mum, but in 2011 my perfect world came crashing down when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was a terrible shock to me because the tumour came up almost overnight. I had to have a mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
I have a wonderful husband and family who supported me throughout. During my gruelling treatment I became very depressed and like most people I thought I would probably die. My husband encouraged me to finish this book which I had begun several years earlier and it really helped me to focus on something other than my illness. I find it very hard to talk about myself or have faith in my own ability, but I decided, that if I survived, I would try and fulfil my potential and believe in myself. I have now published "Pagan Princess" and the next book in the Saga is almost complete and will be published on line in the next few months.
I would like others who have suffered an illness or cancer to know that something good can come from such a terrible experience. Far from seeing this as being a death sentence, I now feel it spurred me on to achieve great things that I did not think could ever become possible.
It has been a year since I finished the treatment and so far things are looking good. I also wanted to really make a difference for others who will have breast cancer and therefore 30 pence from every sale of the book will go to the UK charity Breast Cancer Care.
by Tracy Godden
In a perilous dark age Britain, when magic still rules the hearts of men, a young girl forced to dress as a boy by her cruel father, witnesses something terrible, something she was never meant to see. She begins to question everything she has ever known and must face the shocking truth that the ability she possesses may not be a curse at all.
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