I grew up in England and spent a number of years in London before moving to New Zealand where I became a doctor's wife and brought up three children. I moved from being an office worker to free lance writing during my twenties and at that time wrote short stories for women's magazines and articles on child care and early learning. After educating my children for ten years I wrote a home schooling memoir (PUTTING THE JOY BACK INTO EGYPT - Hodder & Stoughton) I have also written several literature themed books for teachers (Ashton Scholastic) and a variety of texts and articles on education. I am a newcomer to Smashwords.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I guess old fashioned hard slog.....emailing around information and hoping people bother to read it. It works reasonably well if you keep at it!
Describe your desk
It varies but at the moment I am sitting at a `build-it-yourself' plastic construction from Freedom Furniture, Broadway, Newmarket.
This is a miscellany of recollections emerging from impressionable years spent within a large and dysfunctional family that sat on the edges of respectability. A look at working class life as it once was, growing up in Gravesend and Northfleet beside the River Thames in the years that followed WW2, when the scattered communities were still conversant with the Kentish dialect.
Stories from a shared childhood east of London in the years following WWII, of overwhelming poverty, food rationing and shortages, neediness and overcrowding, a memoir of a time that is now almost forgotten.
In the 1960s Jean takes up the life of a show girl and meets Stephen Ward and the Kray Twins. She falls in love with Vidar who is fascinated by the occult and deviant sex and when she becomes pregnant insists their child is aborted. Leaving him she works in a deviation brothel and writes child care articles. Finally she marries a New Zealand doctor proving a fortune teller was totally accurate.
In the second part of her memoir of growing up in industrial North Kent, Jean continues her story now as a teenager in the 1950s. Yearning to escape the confines of her working class family and a mundane future as an office worker via a fast track to fame and fortune she settles for the reflected glory of typing for the rising stars of popular music and her rich fantasy life remains.
This is a memoir about growing up in an industrialized riverside area of North Kent in the nineteen forties and fifties. It was a time of food rationing and shortages, air raid warnings and Doodlebugs, cheerful poverty and overcrowding where of necessity the local chalk pits and bomb sites became familiar playgrounds.
Bernadette had tried for forty years to forget the wrongs done to her younger more naive self but when a chance encounter with the past emerges via the internet, the temptation for revenge becomes too great to resist.
Life's Labyrinth: The Path And The Purpose
on June 01, 2013
Jennifer Barraclough shows an unusual awareness for her subject in this book and skillfully weaves the reminiscences, recollections and reports from her interviewees together. Life’s ultimate purpose is an absorbing topic for many of us but it would not be the easiest one to interview or write about. The group of individuals whose experiences are central to the book differ delightfully one from another, some of the ESP and dream experiences being particularly intriguing. All the incidents chronicled here are combined in a way that leaves the reader eager to turn the page.