Before the internet and email, I was always been a keen letter writer, but until I retired actually writing a book just didn’t occur to me, I was always too busy.
When I was in my late sixties, my brother-in-law acquired his first computer and decided to write his life story. I thought what a good idea, why don’t I do that?
Co-incidentally, at that time I was contacted by a lady in England, (I live in Australia) who is a retired nurse. She had worked for many years in the same hospital where I spent eight years as a patient when a child. She asked me if I would write a chapter for a book she was working on, which was a history of the hospital in which she spent much of her working life. I did this, and the book, titled Good Food, Rest and Plenty of Fresh Air was duly published with all proceeds donated to a hospice.
Though this hospital closed in 1965, there are plenty of articles and stories of hospital life in the years it was operating. These can be found on the blog http://themargueriteheptonhospital.blogspot.co.uk. Some of the articles on the blog were written by me.
In addition to writing fiction, I am very interested in how people return to normal life after a very long period in hospital, by long period I mean years. I am also an active worker in Heart Support Australia, helping victims of heart attacks to return to a normal life.
At the time I got the writing bug, for health reasons I retired from my profession as an Electronics engineer and I wrote some articles on life in the nineteen thirties and forties, both in and out of hospital, for the British Magazine The Best Of British. After that I started on my autobiography which although completed, I have not yet published. One reason is that I cannot decide on the title, the second is that many of the persons mentioned in the book are still alive.
Whilst writing my autobiography, I also started a novel The Rainbow Serpent which I self published in 1980. I have recently completed the second edition, titled Kakadu Dreaming which I have self published in standard 12 point text and in large print for the vision impaired.
I have almost completed my second novel Kakadu Storm, a sequel to Kakadu Dreaming. This too will be published in two text sizes
I like to have several projects on at the same time, and have another two books to work on as soon as Kakadu Storm is published, which I anticipate will be before December 2014.
I have a lot to learn about social media, promoting on Facebook etc, so I don’t do much in that area. However, I do have both a web site and blog on which can be found links to my books.
Kakadu Dreaming ebook is available in several formats from:
European Readers can also get the books from:
Australian Readers from www.therainbowserpent.com.au
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