I have been exploring the world of words for as long as I can remember. It took decades before I dared to think of myself as a writer, but for much of my waking life, this is what I do - write about and research the past.
I was eleven when I wrote my first book, a girlie tale of a pony called Princess and winning prizes at gymkhanas. Of course, I didn't have a horse in real life, but I made up for it later.
I returned to writing in what I will call "middle age." This was before computers, indeed before word processors and communication was by letter, carefully typed out, an envelope addressed and a stamp attached to the top right-hand corner. Writing as Janet Mary Tomson, I found a publisher and my first novels began to appear.
Much as I enjoyed writing novels and inventing things I also wanted to write more seriously about the past. is indeed often stranger than fiction and I found myself digging into the sometimes turbulent history of the Isle of Wight. The Island is in my blood, literally, with ancestors on all sides coming from these shores.
Great, great grandfather, Jacob Kent, brickmaker, member of the Town Council, share-holder in Shanklin's first pier.
Perhaps the most fun was in researching a book on Animal Graves and Memorials. It was published at the time of a world cup and Waterstones manager had great fun in creating a window display Unfortunately it is now out of print.
My personal is The Accidental Assassin, a tongue in cheek story of Victor, an unmarried tax officer who inadvertently kills a stranger thereby letting loose gang warfare on the Isle of Wight.
The older I get, the more there is to write about.
I indulge my passion for history by writing articles for 0n-line magazines. You might try Wordpress, the writers' site Wizzley and some of my images appear on Pinterest.
Maybe I can't write as fast as one can read, but I try to keep up!
Ten Days in Nether Fondle is now searching for a publisher.
I am always happy to do book signings or to give a talk on writing or local history, or any other related subject. Please do contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Do check back later for new updates. There's always more to come!
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