I used to study science and gained a degree in chemistry.
I used to work as a Big Four auditor, passed my training contract but not my exams, thankfully.
I accidentally worked as a finance recruiter. For twenty years.
I’ve never been a scientist, or an accountant or a recruiter. But, I have always been a writer.
Learning to read before I’d even got to primary school, I fell in love with words and stories. In junior school I produced enough poems to create an anthology. These are still stashed somewhere in a lever arch folder, covered with autumn leaves wrapping paper, languishing in a box in the loft.
Around the same time, I also discovered music, composed my first song at 9 and even won a school Christmas carol writing competition. My poetry morphed into more lyrics, for love and protest songs and my writing focus became a typically angst-ridden teenage diary.
I wrote every day and all eight volumes sit beside my desk waiting to inspire a future novel. My successful recruitment career did allow me to put my writing skills to good use. But. Whilst I crafted many a persuasive marketing email or helped others to elevate their CV’s to be the stand-out candidate in the pile, my creative writing ambition remained somewhere buried beneath the home filing. With a full-time job and a young family, other priorities had risen to the surface. Aged six and walking home alone on a beautiful summer’s day I had an epiphany. I clearly remember thinking, ‘my life is going to mean something. I’m going to make my mark.’ I realise this sounds corny, but everything has been leading to the realisation of this ambition.
In 2003 I qualified as a coach in an ICF accredited methodology and have had the privilege of partnering with a wide variety of clients who have gone on to achieve great satisfaction and success in both their professional and personal lives. Then in 2016, I decided to combine my writing and coaching skills and launched the Writers’ Pod to help others nurture their writing talents. You can access support, advice and inspiration in lots of ways. Whether you want the accountability and camaraderie of belonging to a coached group, or more bespoke one-2-one coaching, there are packages to suit anyone who is ready to unlock the book inside them.
I believe there’s no need to put your writing ambition on hold until you retire. I am living proof. I began writing my first novel whilst working in my corporate career. I am now fortunate enough to be pursuing this passion alongside my coaching and am delighted to be publishing my debut novel, Pivotal with Hashtag Press in October 2019. From first word to finished book, you can get there too, one word, sentence, paragraph, page at a time. As George Eliot allegedly said, ‘It’s never too late to be who you might have been.’