I’m nothing I expected to be and everything I never imagined.
I want to share my story, struggles and successes with other women, not to gloat or boast, but to show what is truly possible when you choose you.
Who I Was
I was born to a teenage mother, grew up experiencing domestic violence, fell in love with Enid Blyton books, thrived at school, lost my mum to cancer when I was 18, and also lost any hope I had left of being an author.
After I had my second child, I took a leap of faith in myself and decided to become a single mum.
Who I Am
I’m a work-in-progress.
I’m a 32-year-old, mixed-heritage woman, who is a mother to two incredible girls.
I used to say “I live with anxiety and depression” but now I say anxiety and depression lives with me. I’m still working through this, still addressing the deeply embedded pain caused by trauma.
I graduated from the University of Wolverhampton in September 2018 as a mature student, with a fabulous 2:1 in BA Creative and Professional Writing.
Where single parenthood, anxiety and depression, low confidence and imposter syndrome would have been a barrier to many, I fought against it and conquered them to achieve my degree. You can read about it here.
And if I can do it, so can you.
What I Do
I’m a writer.
I’ve been writing in notebooks and journals for years, documenting my thoughts at times when I wasn’t confident enough to speak out.
By the time I attended University in my late twenties, I had already self-published four books on CreateSpace. I’d written for my own blog for years and had poetry published on The Voice Online. I’d written press releases and reviews, newsletters and ebooks, and I was still figuring my creativity out.
I’m a Writing Coach.
I love writing, love doing it, reading about it and talking about it.
My degree only added fuel to an already roaring fire, and in early 2017 I decided to coach people.
The kind of people I coach are usually women, often single mothers who are in their mid-twenties and mid-thirties. They have an idea about writing, probably written a few chapters or explored concepts already, but they just don’t have the confidence to take the next step.
And what is the next step? Committing to an idea. Planning a book, or a blog. Writing. Being consistent. Having self-belief. Creating a vision that feels right.
Some women don’t believe in their writing, they are convinced it is awful and nobody will read it. Others doubt their work has any substance. A smaller group want constructive feedback on the flow of their work, tone and style, concept and character development.
Whatever their unique need, I work with aspiring writers to meet it and ensure they feel confident enough to continue with their writing long after we’ve finished working together.
If you’re interested in working with me, feel free to check out those particular details over on Writing With Confidence. You’ll notice I edit and proofread, facilitate workshops and have developed an online creative writing course too.
My growth is my own, of course, but if by sharing my story I can help you to lead with yours, then so be it.
Through my books, blog and other creative projects, you’ll experience the magic that comes with witnessing self-belief and self-love in action.
And if there’s a small chance that what you see or read here inspires you to create magic for yourself, then my purpose has been fulfilled.