Meet Guest Author Richard M. Ankers…

How does one make an introduction when he hates talking about himself? Hm, I know, I’ll tell you what convinced me to give up everything to write. We’ll see how that goes because it’s something only I know.

It started with a Death.

richard-m-ankersI have a bad memory bordering on terrible, so when events stick in my mind, they’re significant. Peta was there from the start. She still is in one way or another.

One of my first memories of school was the day the headmaster announced during assembly that Peta’s father had died of a brain haemorrhage or something equally terrible. We were to give her space and respect. At six one’s comprehension of such things is sketchy, but we tried.

It was particularly cruel on Peta because she was brilliant. Clever, pretty, talented — she played the flute even then — she was everything I was not. Self-confidence and low self-esteem are something I’ve always struggled with, whether people realised it or not, yet Peta exuded and shared them. She had everything going for her until that day and then had it all taken away.

Despite this she returned to be an ever-present in my school life all the way through high school. She even dated a friend. I liked Peta a lot and I reserve such things for a rare few.

I met Peta in a D.I.Y store a decade later completely out of the blue. She smiled and we talked as though no time had passed at all. She was training to be a journalist and believe me when I say, I Know she’d have gone right to the top. She was following her dreams; I was not. We said our goodbyes, and that was that.

Several years later, when I was in my mid-thirties, Peta’s ex-boyfriend happened into the shop I worked at. In the midst of our discussions he asked if I knew about Peta. I didn’t. He went on to tell me a headache — she suffered with them the same as me — had grown so bad they admitted her to hospital. She died there. I was devastated.

Hearing that news made me reevaluate. I’d lost friends before, but no death had impacted on me like hers. It wasn’t meant to be. It was wrong. She deserved better. How could a butterfly like her lose her life, (just like her father before her,) a potentially spectacular life over?

It finished with a Death.

That was it for me. No more. I would not do what others wanted me to, nor persist in unhappiness: I wanted to write, I was good at it, and didn’t need anyone to tell me. So that’s exactly what I did. I planned and planned and then left. As I’ve said in other posts, I gave up everything and gained much more. At heart, I have Peta to thank and pray that one day I’ll be able to tell her.

So there you go the absolute truth. You’ve probably heard stranger but you won’t hear truer.

Thank you for reading

PS. Don’t let life slip you by, it’s short. I know.



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112 thoughts on “Meet Guest Author Richard M. Ankers…

  1. When sharing from the heart- one becomes vulnerable indeed. This was a life changing moment for you! One that you will carry in your heart for your own journey in this life. Your memories can never be erased- Through your loss – you have become even stronger in your writing. Many hearts to be touched- and through you many will be!

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  2. A good story. It shows how events in our lives can affect us so deeply as to change our own lives and reshape our previous conceptions, a sad but heartwarming story. I wish you much success with your writing and hope you will enjoy many years more.

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  3. Terrific share, Richard. Baring our souls often touches a nerve that encourages interaction among people. Your post did just that. I sense Peta stays close to you. I’ve no doubt you’ll travel together again. Perhaps next time, you won’t be so reticent to speak your heart … I wish you every success with your writing 🙂

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  4. For me, it took an abusive marriage and losing everything I thought I wanted, starting over, and finding that life is pretty great right now, aside from the poverty angle, lol. Your books look interesting, I’ll put them on my TBR list.

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  5. A powerful and poignant read, Richard. I think these sad and shocking loses often compel us to reevaluate the direction of our lives. I’m so sorry that you lost your remarkable friend. I’m glad you chose to follow your dream and write. 🙂 ❤

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  6. Thank you for this inspiring glimpse into Richard and the experience that led him to find his true meaning in life. It takes a lot of courage to say this is what I want to do …and do it. thank you Reading Ape, and especially you, Richard.

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  7. The death of my father and a brush with cancer focused my mind, much I think, as the death of your friend focused yours. We only get one chance at this, to be our best selves. Truly, we have to make it count.

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  8. Some of life’s most valuable lessons are also the most painful. I’m sorry for the loss of your friend, and I can hear in your words how profoundly it changed you. May you hold your friend in your heart forever, and never forget how special she was.

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