Well what to say about myself! I was fortunate to have my poetry and short stories first published over twenty years ago.
Subsequently the opportunity arose for some erotic short story writing for a specialist magazine/clothing company. During this time, together with two other photographers, I compiled and self published a book on the darker side of the myths and legends of Cheshire.
I have my own isbn numbers and an imprint called Raven Manor.
Additionally there have been articles published in relation to my occupation teaching jewellery workshops, make up artistry and photography.
Photography is my other passion - in 1989 I picked up my first SLR camera and it was love at first sight.
Due to circumstances, writing had to take second place for some time. Photography and jewellery design took up most of my time for many years. I became a tutor, first in Makeup Artistry (which I also previously qualified in), undertaking my vocational assessor qualifications and later the PTLLS teaching qualification.
Though it may not seem so, fortunately this also gave me the opportunity to write about my expertise in these areas on occasions.
More recently there was an article/jewellery project published in a jewellery making magazine, and then a piece for a skin camouflage magazine. My other projects have been two educational DVDs on jewellery making using silver clay.
I am still a tutor in jewellery making and a member of Guild of Jewellery Designers.
After being diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 2017 I wrote a couple of articles on being newly diagnosed for the Huffington Post.
The Rhyme Traveller idea came from my love of rhyming verse and walking. Myself and exercise have always had a mixed relationship - but since the diagnosis it is even more important to keep myself physically active for as long as possible. What better way than combining it in a way that brings not only pleasure to me but hopefully to those who follow my adventures.
Apart from my husband, the true love of my life always has been writing.
Reading whenever there is time, though less well known authors seem to stimulate my interest more than the latest works of a famous author.
There have been times in my life, when writing has not been a possibility. Not through any lack of desire but via those circumstances that are sometimes thrust upon us.
In some ways the diagnosis was beneficial, for it gave me an added incentive to change my life and do things I have always wanted to, instead of making excuses for not getting stuck into them. Part of that is my condition but I am determined not to give in to it.
Just a bit about my earlier days and hobbies.
Being born in Cornwall, spending all my childhood and early adulthood in North Wales, I think I can be classed as a Celt. It was here that I developed a love of the countryside, reading and subsequently writing.
Family research is one of my hobbies and during the early 1990s I wrote a small book about my grandmother and what Britain was like in her early life. Born in 1907 she experienced both world wars. Two years seemed to be swallowed during that period; it is amazing how much time is spent on researching something that is of great interest.
I find history interesting, ancient legends and its relationship with nature, especially that of Britain and its people.
Not quite finished yet .... there was also a course in aromatherapy, nutrition, and becoming a qualified Indian Head Massage practitioner.
Hopefully utilizing my experience gained in organising business events including bead and jewellery fairs, craft fairs, workshops and a 'Meet the Author' day will give me the added confidence to promote future writing ventures. Watch this site!