"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream."
― C.S. Lewis
Quote by Diane Morton:
"When heart, mind, and soul
is inspired by the gift of words,
and a burning creativity deep within,
let pen be drawn to paper
and the journey begin..."
"You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have"
― Maya Angelou
My passion for books started at an early age and my childhood saw me totally captivated by Enid Blyton's Famous Five adventures, which I couldn't get enough of, alongside the likes of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, and The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit, all read more than once.
For many years I toyed with words, creating possible storylines in my head with a few rough notes and ideas jotted down here and there, but never got around to developing any one story. Pieces of paper with notes on just got pushed into a drawer and forgotten about. Years later I started to dabble again and, when one or two small pieces were published, it fuelled my desire to continue writing stuff that felt right at that time, including poetry.
I moved towards a different creative route in 2000, setting up and designing a website, for a professional singing friend, a site which I maintained for ten years. This also led me to run her official International Fan Club, producing and editing three 16-page full colour magazines every year.
In 2010 the burning desire to write and get a complete novel down on paper was the turning point for me. With the realisation that I had no spare time to write, I decided to give up the involvement in my friends business interests and concentrate on my own writing ambition alongside my full-time day job.
Whenever I can I love to lose myself amongst the bookshelves in Waterstones in the UK, and I used to enjoy Barnes and Noble in the USA. I love the rare to find small independent book shops. To me they are like an Aladdin's cave of books. I can spend hours in a book shop, where all sense of time escapes me. The Kindle, Nook, and other e-readers all serve a purpose (I own a Nook myself), but for me there is nothing quite like picking up a printed paper book. I am constantly adding to my own personal library of favourites. Strange though it may sound, I have always loved the smell of new-book print!
Although I read all sorts of books the genre I most enjoy is crime/mystery/thrillers, which has inevitably influenced me in finding my own writing voice. I am now on the long road of writing my first novel, a psychological thriller, set in the USA (Missouri), called First Friday.