Here's my bookshelf, take a look beneath the covers...
FINDING MY WAY
I am extremely proud and honoured to share this with you. My first book marks an achievement, making a positive out of difficult circumstances. This memoir style narrative looks at my journey through midlife and motherhood, whilst dealing with menopause and associated mental health issues. It is written with honesty and humour and reviews summarise it as an uplifting read. I hope you enjoy it.
When I left teaching to focus upon my writing, this was the book that I hoped I would find the strength to write. I didn't know it then and the thought of being able to write a whole novel seemed so much of a stretch but here I am - with a published historical fiction and I'm so proud to share it with you.
"Doris had always been strong, the one to hold family together, and although she had lost many things in her life, she always found ways to keep going. Now she faces her most difficult challenge. With dementia encroaching, she is desperate to hold onto her memories whilst she can still share them with her granddaughter.
Diary of a Dizzy Peri
This collection of poems and thoughts on midlife, menopause and mental health sees me waving my menovist flag, writing to empower and support others and breaking a few taboos along the way.
Taking the form of a diary, where the entries are poems, this collection offers
hope, humour and a little insight
into a time that doesn't have to be
a 'midlife crisis.'
"If you're a woman of a certain
age or live with one, READ THIS!"
Click & Connect
A work that marks a moment in time, my most recent work combines poetry, thoughts and stories that have arisen from the common experiences of the pandemic and offers hope, support and connection - something that we all need a little of.
I'm proud to see that some of the
poetry from this collection if being
shared regularly at 'Chatty Cafe'
meetings and has been featured
CONFINED BY MY CAGE OF CONFIDENCE
"Tiredness had seeped into all aspects of my life, acting like a domino effect on mood, rational thought, patience and ability to function day-to-day."
Read about my struggle with self-confidence during my journey through Perimenopause. I was proud to be one of three finalists to have their articles featured in the magazine 'Health and Her' during the Perimenopause awareness month of October 2019.
THE POWER OF WORDS
I was honoured last year to have my story included in this edition of the magazine 'Menopause Matters.' The article looked at how writing has been my support mechanism to work through many issues and an aid in helping me to focus on my mental health.