What you need to know about Women Who Write Books
In honour of World Book Day and International Women’s Day, I decided to celebrate women who write books throughout March.
I held IG lives with women who write books, UK based authors, who shared the process of writing their books. These authors were personally selected and all offer something different – which is important really, as we are all multifaceted people.
I asked about their writing practice, what inspires them, and how they fit writing in around their day-to-day life.
About Angela Barrett
Andrea Barrett is a mother, children’s nurse, book enthusiast and lover of nature. A creative in her own time, Andrea enjoys empowering others through her words.
Historically, Andrea has used her writing as a form of therapy to see her through many personal experiences. A Christian in her own right, she carries this through her life experiences, and hopes to impact children, young people, and adults through uplifting projects.
Who are you and where are you based?
“My name is Andrea Barret but I also go by my pen name Authentic4, because I believe in the truth of writing from the heart. I am Birmingham based but I do like to move around, have a change of scenary from time to time.”
When and why did you start writing?
“I started writing when I was a teenager. I started to write but it wasn’t storytelling, it was just expressing my feelings and journaling and diary entries.”
What inspired your writing?
“Back then, the amount of reading I did. I was always in WHSmiths buying a new book, had a bit of an addiction to books. I also thought ‘if they can do that, I can do that eventually.’ I just didn’t know when that was going to happen.”
Tell us about your book
“First of all, there are some poems in this book that are a few years old. I never intended to put those poems in this book. You’ve got words in your mind and you just need to put them somewhere. It was practice. When I was writing some of those poems, my mental health wasn’t in the best place, so I used the writing as a healing process.”
How did you make time to write your book, especially around your other commitments?
“I wasn’t working at the time. I think if I was, it would have made it ten times harder. Putting that aside, I also have my son. It’s a sacrifice because you’ve got to stay up late, or not even talk to anybody on WhatsApp. I had to just zone in.”
What has written this book taught you about yourself?
“That I am very determined when I put my mind to stuff. It showed me that I’m grown, that I am determined, when I put my mind to something I can do it. It showed me that I’m constantly evolving and this is just a sign of evolution for me.”
What do you hope people take away from your writing?
“I want people to read it and take a leap of faith. That means, whatever you read in there is going to push you to do whatever you’ve been trying not to do, or making excuses not to do. I want them you to read it like it’s for you.”
Advice for aspiring authors
“Just write. Don’t look at the page and leave it blank, just write. Even if you think you’re writing rubbish, just write it anyway. Even if you write just a sentence or a paragraph, just start.”
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