My long term aim is to have the best of my work floating around beyond my lifetime.
Encouraging this conceit are a couple of events which lead me to believe I have something worth sharing. One of my poems was bracketed between Donne's "Ecstasy" and Blake's "Tyger". The BBC purchased 7 poems to be used within "PlaySchool" (at the time I was Isabel Reeves). I have 2 non-fiction works which have provided positive feedback from viewers.
I have no illusions. My work, so far, does not have any appeal for a wide audience. Add to this, my eagerness to publish before I had sufficient appreciation of the publishing and marketing side of putting one's books 'out there'. (I am working on this.)
If you have any connection with the effects of asbestos, you may want to read "The Whens of Wittenoom."
If you, or anyone close to you, has their life turned upside down due to the manic episodes inherent in bi-polar disorder, you may want to try reading "Life Before Lithium." Hard copies had been provided for review and the response was that it was a page turner and that folk were not able to put it down until sleep overtook at 3am. The publisher to whom I sent this MS was embarrassed by the need to advise that the reader appointed to assess my book had disappeared and taken the manuscript with her!
Earning Purple is a longish short story full of the magic found during mania and, as such, a metaphorical account of "Life Before Lithium".
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, gardening, watching TV, Facebook. Oh dear. That does sound like an inactive life! I get up in the morning and on three of those I go to a local gym for an hour. Am usually home by 7.00 am unless I have some shopping to do. Home to full coffee pot, squeeze two oranges, avocado on toast, water the garden, check emails, read the Guardian, Check Facebook, and THINK what writing I should be doing! When I do get stuck in, am there for hours - at the moment trying to work out the best way to handle all (or most of) the material not included in "The Trustees". Afternoon finds me with my feet up and either book or remote control in hand. Too frequently nod off for a while then find I am awake for hours late at night and into the early morning. That's when the radio goes on and I listen to late night talk-back shows.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Mostly through contacts within Google+ circles. I belong to the Scrivener Community and the Writer's Discussion Group and dip in and out of other communities - but these two are my mainstay and source of recommendations.
Chronology of the mining and use of blue asbestos from ancient to modern times with emphasis on the events at Wittenoom, Western Australia. This mining has resulted in WA having the highest rate of mesotelioma in the world.
Includes comprehensive Bibliography.
From the comfort and safety of your chair, join the author as she dared to live her dreams travelling through the extremes of bipolarity. Witness the strategies she used to survive the consequences of putting one foot in front of the other while on a path she believes ordained by the Man Upstairs.