You see, I demonstrate my insecurity by realising that I didn’t do my first post on the Insecure Writers’ Support Group (IWSG) properly. I failed to introduce myself (and I was late adding the link).
I hate introducing myself. It’s one of the things many authors struggle with – the ‘hello’ bit. I see fantastic bios, oozing with wit and charm, and very studious ones where the writers are obviously far more qualified than I am. Mine… blech!
When I did my writing course, we had to introduce ourselves. There was the thing of talking to one’s neighbour and then introducing her to the rest of the group. I’m used to doing that. I hope I did Fay justice! Then we had to write our own obituary as an introduction, but include a lie…
The world is mourning the loss of Jemima Pett, whose tragic death leaves the fans of her Princelings of the East series in a vacuum. Will they ever read the final instalment?
Jemima was the only daughter of a midwife and an aviation pioneer. Her ordinary childhood saw her displaying no literary talent whatsoever, in fact she studied Maths at the University of Bristol, with no thought of what might follow.
She tried many different careers, once joking that each lasted a maximum of twelve years, so at age sixty she’d still need two more. Counting social work, police work, accounting, then management consultancy among things she tried – and was successful at – it was not until the turn of the century that she found two careers she loved – environmental research and writing.
Her success with the stories of her guinea pigs led to her achieving household fame. But she was also a reticent scientist with a legacy of encouraging people in her specialist field. The books live on, celebrating both her guinea pigs’ lives and her own.
And now, tell me what you think of biographies in general or critique mine in the ‘about’ section – and then go visiting some other insecure writers!
PS I never did accountancy or police work as careers. And calling my dad an aviation pioneer is stretching it a little, but not a lot!
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