Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Inspirational Blog Awards

I would like to thank Julie Phillips for this inspiring award.  What a lovely way to start the new year.

So now to follow the tradition I will give you seven facts as to why I started to write.

1. My mother is also a writer and she had a huge old typewriter when I was a child.  I wanted to learn to type so I started out by making up little stories and typing them out.

2. In my school holidays I worked through some exercises that Mom had for a journalism course.  I loved the challenge of each assignment and learning new techniques.

3. When I was 14, I was lucky to buy my beautiful horse Chad who is still with me today.  He inspired me to write about horses.  I passed my stable management course and loved jotting down factual things and stories about horses.  My first publication was in Horse and Pony magazine.  I had a letter published and this encouraged me to write more.

4. I also had a fascination about ghosts.  I loved writing ghost stories and completed a small handwritten book full of my own work.

5.In the early 1980's my Mom was getting regular articles published.  She was part of the very early Wrekin Writers and I got very interested in what she was doing.

6. In 1999 I joined Wrekin Writers.  I entered a poem in the members only competition and I got a commended .  This really inspired me and I have been a member ever since. Being part of the group has been so wonderful and I got encouragement from fellow members and bloggers.  I started writing articles and short stories and was published in several magazines and then I was introduced to the world of blogging which has been a great experience in writing something on a regular basis.

7. In March 2007 my book 'One Hundred Ways For A Chicken To Train Its Human' was published by Hodder and Stoughton.  I have to thank Simon Whaley - author of One Hundred Ways For A Dog To Train Its Human' plus many other books.  He suggested that I try writing the chicken one which is what I did and I am thrilled to say it is still selling today.  This gave me confidence to try other things and now I have self published my first novel on Kindle.  

So there you have it.  I have loved writing from an early age and been inspired in many ways by many people and many animals.

 I shall now pass this award on to three more fellow bloggers who are all very different but very inspiring and entertaining.   Mermaids drownMuch Malarky Manor and klahanie.


  1. Thank you for this award Di, I will enjoy choosing who to pass it on to...! keep writing!

  2. Dear Diane,

    First of all, hearty congrats on receiving that award from the lovely Julie. And well done to Mermaids drown and Much Malarky, who I shall duly check out.

    I know that your mother has been an inspirational force in your writing passion. I know that Simon has been most supportive of your writing endeavours and and of course, any books from an animal's perspective is a big winner in this house. Aint that right, Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar? :)

    Thank you so much for your kind words and I will post up this award fairly soon.

    In kindness and goodwill, your way,

    Gary x