Do you remember what you first wanted ‘to be’ when you grew up? I wanted to an actress when I grew up. I planned to get into drama school, and be a famous actress one day. Suffice to say, I am not an actress, but a writer is just as good.
Any idea what inspired that dream? I think I wanted to be anyone else but me. I was bullied and it was better to take on a role.
What ‘job’ did you most emulate in play? I used to have a petite typewriter, and would write stories on my there. I used to sing in front of my mirror, with a hairbrush.
Did you have any idea what salary or pay you thought you would have? We all think we are going to have loads of money, buy lots of clothes, and live the good life.
Were there careers you knew you did NOT want to do? I didn’t want to go in the army.
Were you ever encouraged to follow in the footsteps of a family member? Not really, my mum worked in a school kitchen, responsible for peeling potatoes mostly. My dad helped make a strong glue in a production line. Before that he was a builder, but had to give that up when he got Bronchitis.
Were you ever urged to join a family business? We didn’t have a family business.
Were you ever discouraged from a particular field? If so, why? Not really, I was told to do whatever I wanted to do, within reason. My parents wanted the best for me, and I worked hard.
Did you have a Career Fair at school? No, but we had a careers week, where we did a job we wanted to do. I worked a week at Smiths, and remember sorting out the cards, where people had mixed them up. I worked at ICI, in the office. I can’t remember what I did there.
As an adult looking back, do you ever wish you had taken the direction of your childhood dreams? Not really, being an actress would have been fun, but not what I wanted to do. I still dream to be a published author, so any agents out there, take a chance on a self published author. I will work hard, and listen to most of your advice. Even adults have dreams to be more than they are.
I am a fifty something mother of two grown up children, and one beautiful grandchild. I have been married for nearly thirty-four years. My first book was published ten years ago. I wrote my book Sticks and Stones because of my experience of being bullied at school.
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